Mitchell Long

HIGHLIGHTS AS A BANDLEADER

BANDA
A quintet formed by myself on guitar and vocals and the legendary Brazilian drummer Claudio Slon (Astrud Gilberto, Walter Wanderley, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Frank Sinatra). We were the house band playing Brazilian jazz at Vartan's Jazz Club in Denver Colorado for three years. The group featured my arrangements and many of Denver’s finest jazz musicians: Eduardo Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Jeff Jenkins or Eric Gunnison on piano, and Bob Rebholz or Peter Sommer on woodwinds. We were featured in many concert series including the prestigious Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, and Denver jazz festivals and recorded live on KUVO radio.
CORNERSTONE
A high-energy instrumental jazz project featuring Rippingtons Bassist Kim Stone, extraordinary pianist Jeff Jenkins and formed by Brazilian drumming virtuoso Henrique de Almeida. We kept a successful residency going in Colorado Springs and were featured in the Breckenridge and Aspen jazz festivals. The group featured original music by myself and arrangements of Jazz, Latin jazz, Fusion and World Music.
HI-FI MO-FO
A Boulder, Colorado phenomenon, this exciting and eclectic 7 piece dance band featured my singing, electric guitar and arrangements of originals and cover tunes with influences from Be-Bop, Hip Hop, African, Brazilian, Folkloric, Latin, Soul, Rock and Roll. I formed and developed my own original music and created a multi-cultural genre jumping sound in the very successful two year - weekly residency in Boulder's night club "Round' Midnight" We played often at the Fox Theatre opening for The Meters, Charlie Hunter, and Roots Revolt.
THE ORGAN GRINDERS
This successful jazz "organ trio" was led by myself and master of jazz and blues, the late great Gordon Sims on Hammond organ. We recorded a live demo CD with some cuts featured here on the website. We were also the backing trio for Billy Tolles for many years and formed "The Organ Grinders" to get out and stretch out!
THE GUITAR QUARTET
This Boulder Colorado based jazz quartet featured myself and guitarist Mark Klagstad with bassist Mark Diamond and drummer Charles Ayash. We played straight ahead jazz with a focus on Wes Montgomery tunes and a varied and interesting repertoire with two guitar orchestrations and some exciting arrangements of jazz standards.
SOLO
Appearances include opening shows for well known jazz, pop and world music artists in world class concert halls and myriad work as a solo guitarist and singer at many music venues, bars, and fine restaurants. Highlights include a very popular three year long weekly stint in a cafe at concert style setting at “Café Mars” and one year at “Envie” also playing weekly. I perform regularly as a solo act in Los Angeles.