Mike Abene

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Michael Abene (born July 2, 1942) is a jazz pianist known for accompanying singers and for arranging music.[1][2] He has accompanied Susannah McCorkle[3] Julius La Rosa,[4] and others. He had his first solo album Solo Piano in 1986.[5]

Early years[edit]

Abene was born on July 2, 1942[6] in Brooklyn, New York. His father, grandfather, and aunt were musicians. He studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music.[7]


Abene co-produced the album Avant Gershwin, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2007.[8]


As leader[edit]

1986: Solo Piano

As sideman[edit]

With Maynard Ferguson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Urbie Green

With Cal Tjader

  • Solar Heat (Skye, 1968)



  1. ^ JazzTimes Apr 1996, pg 50. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  2. ^ Making the scene: contemporary New York City big band jazz by Alex Stewart, pg 262. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  3. ^ Haunted Heart: A Biography of Susannah McCorkle by Linda Dahl, pg 148. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  4. ^ American Singers: Twenty-seven Portraits in Song by Whitney Balliett, pg 161. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  5. ^ Texas Monthly: June 1986, pg 161. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  6. ^ Smith, Gregory E.; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Abene, Mike". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 4. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  7. ^ Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 4. ISBN 9780195320008. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. ^ "("Abene" search results)". The Grammys. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.