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Mike Jones

Specifically, Mike Jones performs music from what’s become known as the Great American Songbook for more people each year than any jazz pianist in the world. Really. This is because, as music director for the enduringly popular Penn & Teller Show in Las Vegas and other venues across the globe, he plays these classic standards in the “warm-up” hour – and during and between the onstage magic – for the millions of visitors who attend the show. In a career spanning four decades, Jones has wowed audiences with his virtuoso skills and stylistic flair – nowhere to greater acclaim than at the sold-out houses in New York that marked Penn and Teller’s 2015 six-week return to Broadway. In general? Mike Jones plays the piano as if had more than 88 notes and as if each of his fingers were Usain Bolt. How He Does It Mike Jones is a thoroughly modern throwback to what used to be called the “two-handed pianist,” which is not as obvious as it sounds

All By Myself

Label: Jonesjazz Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else; The Sheik Of Araby; All by Myself; I'll See You In My Dreams; It Had To Be You; Chicago; Lady Be Good; Poor Butterfly; Chinatown, My Chinatown; Back Home Again In Indiana; Lazy; Linger Awhile; After You've Gone.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Jones: All By Myself

Read "All By Myself" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While jazz is a social music through and through, solitude has always spurred creation too. And in the age of COVID-19, when safety often stands in the way of musical gatherings, solo efforts seem to be the way to go. For pianist Mike Jones, the idea of playing solo piano is far from ...

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The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else

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Label: Jonesjazz Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:03

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Kelly’s Blues

Featuring the music of Mike Jones
Duration: 3:19

Mike Jones performs music from what’s become known as the Great American Songbook for more people each year than any jazz pianist in the world. Here, Mike performs Oscar Peterson's "Kelly’s Blues."

The Show Before The Show

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Broadway; Corcovado; But Not For Me; Have You Met Miss Jones; There Is No Greater Love; Manha De Carnaval; Tangerine; On The Sunny Side Of The Street; Box Viewing Blues; Exactly Like You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Roaring

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Yes Sir, That's My Baby; If I Had You; I'll See You In Cuba; Home; Mean To Me; I Found A New Baby; Me And My Shadow; What'll I Do; I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me; Am I Blue.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland

Read "Katie Thiroux Quartet at Birdland" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...


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