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“Rhythm of Unity” Bob Magnuson group pays tribute to Mike Longo at Beanrunner


The musical notes will flow through the room, out the door and fill Esther Place with the sweet sounds of Jazz. 

From 6:00 – 8:00 pm this Saturday, February 24th, at the BeanRunner Cafe, the audience will not be able to sit still as The Bob Magnuson Group joins award winning musicians to pay tribute to Mike Longo, a prominent Jazz Pianist, composer, arranger, musical director, educator, teacher, leader of the Mike longo Trio for over 42 years, and  musical director, bandleader, and pianist from 1966 to 1975 of the legendary bebop trumpeter and American Jazz music pioneer Dizzy Gillespie. 

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Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were enormous. Dizzy is credited with creating sounds that were not heard of before and have been considered by some as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.

To honor Mike Longo, acclaimed musician, multi-reed player and a former member of Mike’s Big Band, Bob Magnuson will be headlining “A Tribute to Mike Longo.” 

Bob Magnuson

Bob Magnuson will be joined by other ex-members of Mike’s band and will be featured in the group including  Christian Fabian on bass and Vinnie Cutro on trumpet, Joe Vincent Tranchina on piano, and Tony Jefferson on drums.

Mike Longo, and his wife Dotty, were Peekskill residents from 2007 until his passing from Covid in 2020. 

In August of 2023, Steve Pavlopoulos of the Peekskill Herald, interviewed Mike’s wife Dorothy, and wrote about the couples experience, new book, and life they lived together for over 32 years in “His ears tuned to the beat; his heart to creating unity: In ‘The Rhythm of Unity’, Mike Longo’s journals reveal the power of music.” 

Mike Longo’s wife Dotty, will make a special guest appearance and speak briefly about Mike’s book, “Rhythm of Unity: A Jazz Musician’s Lifelong Journey Beyond Black and White“.

To attend the Mike Longo Tribute, call the Beanrunner for reservations at 914-737-1701. The cost is $20 per person.

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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]