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Freshly Squeezed

by Mike Alongi

Features respected Chicago jazz accordion player Mike Alongi performing standards and original compositions.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Siberian Permafrost
3:12 album only
2. Stack 'Em
3:05 album only
3. After You've Gone
4:38 album only
4. Emily
3:39 album only
5. Rover
5:09 album only
6. Limehouse Blues
3:52 album only
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
3:48 album only
8. Moment in Marseille
2:30 album only
9. Easy Living
3:28 album only
10. M & M
4:00 album only


Album Notes
Mike Alongi, one the country's premier accordionists, began his performing career at the age of six under the guidance of his father Vincent Alongi one of the midwest's foremost accordion instructors.

As a classical accordionist Mike has performed with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, both as a soloist and in an ensemble role. Along with other Chicago Accordion Association members he founded the Chicago Accordion Ensemble.

As a musician versed in a myriad of styles, Mike has appeared with West Coast jazz accordionist Frank Marocco, Chicago greats Lindy Kao and Mort Herold, former Art Van Damme guitarist Fred Rundquist, and former Tonight Show trumpeter and conductor Doc Severinsen.

As a composer and arranger, Mike has produced and performed on numerous television and radio commercials. His recording titles include 'Polka Update' and 'Everything Old Is New Again'. During the late 1980's, he and his son John composed and performed 12 compositions for the 'Easy Read Fusion' and `Funk Session' drum study packages published worldwide by Percussion Express. In 2000 Mike recorded 'Accordion Illusions' with Russian accordionist Stanislav Venglevski. This CD represents the European style of accordion playing. In 2003 Mike released 'Freshly Squeezed', a jazz CD featuring standards and original compositions.

As an instructor, Mike has privately taught keyboard instruments, jazz improvisation and music theory for over 40 years. His wife, Joan, also teaches keyboard instruments at their studio in Rockford, Illinois. Mike and Joan have two sons, David and John.



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john r alongi

after you've gone
My parents came from Cinisi Sicily..I have been there 8 times..About 30 yrs ago met Peggy Alongi from Rockford..Alongis Since 1933 our family restaurant 3rd generation gone on 75 yrs. go to www.alongis.com ..sincerely john r. alongi sr

Richard Noel

Great accordion stylist. Smooth and sophisticated.
I recommend this CD highly to anyone who enjoys jazz in general, and especially fans of the jazz accordion. The group is well balanced with a full and integrated sound. Alongi is simply a superb accordionist.

Stan Janicki

Freshly Squeezed
I heard Mike Alongi on a Chicago Accordion Club CD some time ago. I've been looking for one of his CD's and finally found one. He's a great accordionist and I enjoy the CD very much!!

Phyllis West

I'm from Rockford & enjoy having Mike Alongi's CD
Being a former Rockford resident and having seen Mike thru the years, it's great to have his CD and certainly do enjoy it. Great quality recording.

wendell Breedlove

Freshly Squeezed
Quite an artist and truly inovative. Glad I stumbled onto his CD

Ed Aedo

One of the best jazz Accordion CD's. Would like to see him perform. He sure squeezed some beatiful lines out of the box. What's with accordion of the cover picture?