So, I put a few videos up on social media every now and again, and usually get a few hundred views. Not bad for a jazz guy! However, the other day I put up this video of me at my job, opening up for Penn & Teller, and holy moly, over 2,100 views! I’ve gone viral, like the Legionnaires Disease!
John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review Journal talks about Penn and Jonesy’s album, The Show Before the Show, and mentions Mike’s appearance at Chicago’s Green Mill last weekend. Specifically, he talks about Penn’s appearance.
About a year later, Neil called me, and asked about my thoughts on Oscar Peterson, for liner notes he was writing about a Verve reissue of “On The Town”. Those liner notes were read by the great magician and pianist Michael Close, who came to see me playing in Las Vegas and brought along his friend Penn Jillette. We got to talking and in February of 2002, I started playing in the Penn & Teller show! So, Neil actually is responsible for my gig at the Green Mill, and with Penn & Teller.
The rumors were true! Penn & Teller stopped by the Green Mill on Saturday night to listen to Mike and Penn even played the bass on one song. Check out Howard Reich’s review of the evening:
The big Green Mill performance is this weekend, Friday March 23rd at 9:00pm and Saturday the 24th at 8;00pm. If you’re planning on coming Saturday, Penn will be sitting in and celebrating the release of our new cd “The Show Before The Show”, so get there early! Also, since Amazon is currently sold out of discs, we will have them there, and we will be happy to sign them! See you there!