Mitchell Long


As a sideman:

Working in Rique's band has gave me the honor to work with some legends; Ernie Watts, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Walter Rodriguez, Tony Dumas and John Pena.
Working as band leader along with Brazilian drumming legend Claudio Slon in the house band at Vartans jazz in Denver, CO where we played weekly with our quintet for several years and had the honor to back up and record with visiting musicians like the legendary Herbie Mann and Brazil's Claudio Roditi.
A childhood dream come true was working with Innerscope record’s "The Low And Sweet Orchestra, formed by Zander Shloss who is one of my biggest early musical influences and friend since high school. Zander became a punk rock icon while working with Joe Strummer Band, Circle Jerks, The Weirdos, and Two Free Stooges. I completed four tours with the orchestra, playing Mandolin, Dobro, Guitar, and singing. This twelve piece Celtic rock group also featured actor Dermott Mulroney, and James Fearley of The Pogues.
An ongoing highlight in my career is working closely with world class vocalist - percussionist VINX. In the past 15 years I toured in his various groups to promote I.R.S Releases; Rooms in my Fathers House, I Love My Job (produced by Sting), and Storybook etc. We performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing at prestigious events like the Aspen Jazz Festival, Du Marier Jazz Festival, Brussels Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and at venues The House of Blues, SOB’s, The Troubadour, Lisner Auditorium, and Whiskey Ago-go. Band members include Bill Summers, Andrew Daniels, Greg  Poree, Mark E. Smith and special guests live or in recordings featured George Howard, Stuart Copeland, Brenda Russell, Stevie Wonder, Munyungo  Jackson, Cassandra Wilson, Harvey Mason, and Zapp Mama…
Concert work as a featured guitarist and vocalist with the extraordinary percussionist Munyungo Jackson (Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Diane Reeves) The group featured many great musicians including bassist Keith Jones and violinist Karen Briggs playing in African, Brazilian and Jazz styles.  
A great honor to be a regular member with one of my dearest and most talented mentors; Saxophonist Billy Tolles. An astounding bandleader - entertainer and veteran of Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Louis Jordan’s bands. Playing with Tolles was a paid education in straight ahead jazz, blues and r&b. In the years we worked together the schedual was constant with sometimes as many as 25 gigs a month. Recordings with Billy include three tracks on CD releases by KUVO jazz radio station in Denver and a trio cut with Lannie Garret, Billy Tolles and myself.

On the Colorado scene;
While living in Colorado I had the opportunities to work with many great musicians young and old including Paul Warburton, Marguerite Jeauneman, Rare Silk (as vocalist and guitarist) Joe Keel, Pat Bianchi, Al "hammond" Moore, The Organ Grinders (featuring Gordon Sims) Hugh Ragin, Ron Miles, Hazel Miller, Rudy Love and the Love Family, Rich Chiarluce, Kenny Walker, Fred Hess, Art Lande, Bill Douglas, Peter Somer, Nelson Rangel, Eric Gunnison, Brad Upton, Phil Urso, Homer Brown, Joe Bonner, Chuck Lamb, Bruno Carr and Ellyn Rucker among many others

Other career highlight include Performing as an opening act, sharing the stage with many world class acts including Gilberto Gil, Herbie Hancock, Dave  Brubeck, Mcoy Tyner, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Zawinul, Los Hombres Calientes, BB King, Jackson Brown, Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, The Meters, Stanely Clark, The Yellowjackets, Le Tete Brulees, Olodum, and Airto & Flora etc.