Mike Jones

Mike Jones

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There's never going to be another Oscar Peterson or Art Tatum? Listen to Mike Jones. Watch him. Monty Alexander, Dave McKenna, and Oscar Peterson have handed the piano bench to this young genius, and he is still flooring critics everywhere he goes.

Biography

Mike Jones is a pianist playing timeless jazz.

The man recreates a lost jazz art form. He has made a mission of carrying on the tradition of two handed solo piano jazz with a new twist. Mike's music encompasses styles ranging from James P. Johnson and Fats Waller through Art Tatum and up to Dave McKenna and Oscar Peterson. For years, Mike performed at the finest jazz clubs in the Northeast, including Zinno, and Toast in New York, and Scullers and the Regatta Bar in Boston. Mike even appeared daily on the Nancy Merrill Show, a live television show on the CBS affiliate WHDH Channel 7 in Boston, before finding himself on stage nightly with Penn and Teller in Las Vegas.

Since 1993, Mike was on Hank O'Neal's legendary jazz label, Chiaroscuro.

In 1999, Mike was featured, along with Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, and Monty Alexander at the 17th annual Floating Jazz Festival, held on board the Queen Elizabeth II. In 2000, Mike was on board again, this time with Roy Hargrove, John Hendricks, and Diane Schurr. He has also been featured on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Jazz Festival, and at the Ultimate Caribbean Jazz Spectacular.

His first release, "Oh! Look At Me Now!" went on to become the Chiaroscuro's best selling title by a new artist. His follow up, "Runnin' Wild", was released in 1996 to critical acclaim. When his third release "Live At Steinway Hall" launched in 1997, Mike became a much sought-after solo live performer.

Since relocating to Las Vegas, Mike has recorded several more CD's, including "Stretches Out", with liner notes by Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller, and "The Tamburr-Jones Trio" recorded at the Vintage Nude Studios with world class vibes player, Christian Tamburr. "Music to Look at Boxes By", a compilation of songs from the Penn and Teller pre-show features the Mystery Bass Player from the Mike Jones Duo!

Mike's latest release, "Live at the Green Mill" was recorded in Chicago in 2004, with bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Tim Davis.

Jones was Featured at SXSW, 2007

Mike Jones is married, and lives in Las Vegas, NV. He can be seen nightly at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, in the Penn and Teller Theater, opening up and performing in the Penn and Teller show. His music was heard during Penn Jillette's Radio Show on Free FM. "The Monkey Tuesday" theme song for that show is now a favorite download of ringtones enthusiasts.
Mike Jones is a Kawai artist.

Discography

Live at the Green Mill: 2005, Chiaroscuro;
Tamburr-Jones; 2001; SlammerJazz Records (Special Guest Penn Jillette on track 9;
Stretches Out: 2001; Chiaroscuro;
Live at Steinway Hall; 1998; Chiaroscuro;
Runnin' Wild; 1994; Chiaroscuro;
Oh! Look at Me Now! 1993; Chiaroscuro;

Set List

Standards, medleys, depends upon the club, the crowd, and the length of the set.