Peter Gianakopoulos | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Uptown Records uncovers essential early work by pianist Lennie Tristano

Mickey the drummer lives right down the street from our record store here in Forest Park and stops in to shop and special some music every once in awhile. Uptown is going to issue some Chicago Billie Holiday performances that Mr. Simonetta played on as well.

He cut his teeth playing with Stan Kenton and Bill Russo and was invited to be the Tonight Show drummer by Carson after he replaced Jack Paar but Mickey turned it down.

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Posted by Peter Gianakopoulos on 01/02/2015 at 3:33 PM

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