Mike Jones is what used to be called a "two handed pianist." Not as obvious as it sounds, the term actually applies to jazz pianists who make full use of the entire range of the instrument and whose left hand prowess matches that of their right. Pre-War jazz styles such as Stride and classic Swing are prime meat for such virtuosic pianists, and, when it comes to most effectively demonstrating the durable beauty of these idioms, Mike Jones might well be the modern day master. For the past three decades he’s dazzled listeners in performance and on celebrated recordings with displays of solo pianistic wonder; when his two hands could easily approximate the splendor of a full jazz orchestra.
Of course, those who have passed through Las Vegas and have had the pleasure of catching the Penn and Teller Show there know that Jones has actually been performing with another instrumentalist for years now. The other player would be the self-described taller member of the comic duo, Penn Jillette, who joins Jones (or "Jonesy" as he fondly refers to him) on bass during the introductory musical segment of the evening.
After attending Berklee College of Music Jones remained in the Boston area working with such eminent local players as Herb Pomeroy and Gray Sargent. After significant East Coast performances, appearances at the Floating Jazz Festival on the S.S. Norway and the Queen Elizabeth ll, and a series of recordings that established him as a world-class pianist steeped in the pre-bop jazz tradition, Jones relocated to Las Vegas. There he drew the attention of Penn Jillette who, in 2002, brought Jones onboard for the nightly Penn and Teller show at Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino.
His first release, "Oh! Look At Me Now!" went on to become the Chiarascuro Records's best selling title by a new artist. His follow up, "Runnin' Wild", was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and he went on to record three more highly successful cd's in the following decade.
As of 2013 Mike is a Capri Records recording artist.
Jones lives in Las Vegas with his wife, the author Cathe Jones.
Mike Jones is a Kawai artist.