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Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before The Show

Read "The Show Before The Show" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you travel to Sin City and visit the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at the appointed time, you'll find legendary duo Penn & Teller entertaining a packed house in their namesake theater with their signature blend of magic and humor. But if you get there forty-five minutes early, you get so much more with the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland

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Katie Thiroux Quartet
Birdland
New York, NY
November 6, 2016

Joy swings eternal in the music of bassist-vocalist Katie Thiroux. And that's just one of the many gifts that spring forth from this skyrocketing talent. Over the past eighteen months, Thiroux has had one deserved success after another. It started ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mike Jones: Roaring

Mike Jones: Roaring

You have to give Penn Jillette and Teller credit. The two magicians/entertainers don't really need music during their shows. But the pair can't help it. They love jazz and improvisation, which they worship and view as musical slight of hand. They also really love pianist Mike Jones, who for the past 10 years has been their ...

Jazz Quanta July: Fundamental Piano Trio I - Bill Evans, Mike Jones, Fahir Atakoğlu, Roberto Magris, Chat Noir

Read "Jazz Quanta July: Fundamental Piano Trio I - Bill Evans, Mike Jones, Fahir Atakoğlu, Roberto Magris, Chat Noir" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bill Evans
Some Other Time: the Lost Session From the Black Forest
Resonance
2016

Pianist Bill Evans has never suffered from a lack of musical documentation. A majority of his recordings remain in release and more unheard performances continue to surface. Resonance Records' Some Other Time: the Lost ...

Mike Jones Trio: Roaring

Read "Roaring" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The musical legacy of The Roaring Twenties is alive and kicking. For his second date on the Capri imprint, pianist Mike Jones decided to pull together a collection of Jazz Age nuggets and drop into the studio for a nonchalant session with bassist Katie Thiroux and drummer Matt Witek--a blue-chip rhythm duo whose musical stock has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Jones Trio: Plays Well with Others

Read "Plays Well with Others" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Mike Jones not only Plays Well with Others, he plays well--period. Using a sharp, two-fisted style that hearkens back to Dave McKenna, Dick Hyman and even Earl Hines, undergirded by a buoyant melodicism worthy of Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan or his namesake Hank Jones, it's clear there's not much that Jones can't accomplish musically with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Jones: Plays Well With Others

Read "Plays Well With Others" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Mike Jones has got a really sweet deal going. He is the opening act for the Penn and Teller Las Vegas Show. He is also now the heir apparent to the late pianist Gene Harris' commanding style of two-handed keyboard barrel housing. Harris was a master of propulsive and deliberate piano playing. He had all ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mike Jones: Plays Well with Others

Mike Jones: Plays Well with Others

Jazz has a long history of pianists with punch. Earl “Fatha" Hines, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons are just a handful. All had a tiger-like attack on the keyboard coupled with an acrobatic technique. About a month ago a CD by pianist Mike Jones arrived that sizzled with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Mike Jones Releases "Chicago Trio 2010" For Free Unlimited Download

Pianist Mike Jones has released Chicago Trio 2010—his first new recording in five years. Recorded live in July at Chicago's legendary Green Mill Jazz Club during a rare break from Jones' appearances with Penn and Teller in Las Vegas, the full- length recording is available for unlimited free download exclusively at jonesjazz.com Chicago Trio 2010 offers ample proof why Mike ...

Mike Jones: Mike Jones Stretches Out (in Las Vegas)

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I read while listening to music, as many people do. I read lots of different things: sports magazines, novels, email, psychology research papers. I love to do this, and it isn't often I listen to an album that distracts me from my reading simply by what it presents. This album was an exception, however. ...