ALLEMANA & FISHMAN DUO
(Greg) “...His solos are shrewdly conceived yet delivered with apparent ease and elegance. He develops harmonies that sometimes startle the ear as he forges lines that take unexpected twists and turns...”
– Chicago Tribune
“Mike Allemana….is an immensely gifted player with a deep harmonic bag and a grounded sense of adventure.”
--- Chicago Reader
Mike Allemana - guitar
Greg Fishman - saxophone, clarinet
Mike Allemana has been an active jazz guitarist on the Chicago scene since the early 1990s. For 15 years he performed and toured with the late tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, including weekly performances at the New Apartment Lounge and appearances on Von Freeman’s 2002 release The Improvisor on Premonition Records and his 2009 release Vonski Speaks on Nessa Records.
He has also performed with jazz artists such as Steve Coleman, drummer Jimmy Cobb, and organists Charles Earland and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In 2013, Mike and guitarist George Freeman joined forces to form a jazz organ quartet. They performed at the 2014 and 2017 Chicago Jazz Festivals and in 2015 at the Made in Chicago festival in Poznan, Poland. Mike and George also perform annually at the Green Mill in Chicago with organist Pete Benson and drumming legend Bernard Purdie, which was captured for the 2017 release Live at the Green Mill on Ears&Eyes Records.
Currently, Mike is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago, researching George Freeman’s musical past and how Von Freeman shaped the musical experiences of those who knew him.
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Chicagoan jazz saxophonist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, author, educator and clinician who began playing professionally at age fourteen, and earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University.
Greg has toured and performed worldwide with such artists as The Woody Herman Band, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Jackie and Roy, Harry Allen, Jeff Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, Toots Theilmans, and his wife, Judy Roberts.
Greg's latest CD, "New Journey" received a four-star review Downbeat magazine. He is among the foremost experts on the music of Stan Getz, and has published more than twenty-five books on jazz saxophone.
(photo credit: Harvey S. Tillis)