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Mike Ledonne

Pianist and composer Mike LeDonne was born in Bridgeport, CT, in 1956. LeDonne was practically raised at his parents' music store and by the age of ten, his father, a jazz guitarist, was hiring him out on gigs. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, LeDonne moved to New York, where he started working at Jimmy Ryan's (at the time, one of New York's oldest jazz clubs). Here LeDonne met and played with some of the great historical figures of jazz, including Roy Eldridge, Papa Jo Jones, and Vic Dickenson, among others.

In 1988, LeDonne joined the Milt Jackson Quartet, frequently writing compositions for the group. Jackson eventually recorded several of these compositions and LeDonne became the band's musical director after Jackson's death in 1999.

LeDonne began recording in 1988, debuting with the post-bop album Bout Time, which was released on the Criss Cross label. LeDonne recorded several more albums for Criss Cross throughout the early and mid-'90s, peaking with the sextet album Soulmates, a straight-ahead recording which featured soloists such as alto saxophonist Jon Gordon, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, and trumpeter Ryan Kysor. LeDonne switched to the Double Time label in 1998, recording Waltz for an Urbanite and, most recently, the quintet album Then and Now, which features the exceptional playing of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander.

LeDonne remains among the best (if at times underrated) pianists on the New York jazz scene today and has been praised by such jazz luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Benny Golson. ~ Alex Arcone
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Keep The Faith

1. The Backstabbers

2. Keep The Faith

3. Big John

4. The Way You Make Me Feel

5. Someday We'll All Be Free

6. Scratchin'

7. Waiting For You

8. Burner's Idea

9. Sweet Sweetie Dee

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Track List: The Groover

1. Rock With You

2. Blues For McCoy

3. Little Mary

4. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

5. Deep Blue

6. Sunday In New York

7. Bopsolete

8. The Groover

9. On The Street Where You Live

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Track List: Five Live

1. Encounter

2. You And I

3. Hands

4. Good Times

5. Manteca

7. Little M

8. Bleeker Street Theme

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Track List: Night Song

1. Night Song

2. JB

3. After The Rain

4. I Should Care

5. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing

6. In A Sentimental Mood

7. Toys

8. Continuum

9. Alone Together

Comments

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This guy does find a nice groove. Musically refreshing direct. I like this guy.
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Back again -just love this cat's smooth ripple & flow keyboard style! The Groover indeed! JAZZ-folks -one of America's great gifts!
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Yeah! this guys got that magic keyboard touch alright-cool stuff!
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cestmarlene
Really nice and relaxing music.
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Oh Yeah! He is so on top of it!
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He's awesome I saw him at Smoke.

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