Mike did a 4-part interview (that’s right, 4 parts!) with Rick Keene about his life as a musician and his work in the magic world. Check it out:
This weekend you can see Mike Jones at the Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday and Saturday night and at Pianoforte Studios on Sunday afternoon. If you’re in Minneapolis, you can see Mike Jones at Crooners.
And if you needed a little extra convincing, check out this article in the Chicago Tribune about Mike’s upcoming shows:
Mike recently played at PianoForte Studios in Chicago. Check out this video of his performance:
Check out the review for Mike’s latest album, Roaring in the October issue of Downbeat Magazine:
The cover art of Mike Jones’ latest album captures the lighthearted spirit of the music therein, featuring an animated scene in which Jones and his bandmates—bassist Katie Tiroux and drummer Matt Witek—dance the Charleston. Tis is ftting, since Jones and company swing their way through 10 tunes originating in the Roaring ’20s (hence the album title). Notwithstanding his day job as the “house” pianist for magicians Penn & Teller, Jones does not need any sort of musical legerdemain to entertain. He plays well, and has chosen bandmates who share his musical vision. Te trio opens with a straightforward, no-nonsense swing on the chestnut “Yes Sir, Tat’s My Baby,” then decompresses for a laidback take on “If I Had You.” Later, the group embarks on a rollicking romp through Irving Berlin’s “I’ll See You In Cuba,” which captures the lighthearted playfulness found in the lyrics to this anti-Prohibition song. While never straying from their roots, Jones, Tiroux and Witek save the blues for last, with a strong workout on “Am I Blue?”Te playing answers the title’s question, with an unequivocal “yes.”
—Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.
Roaring: 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. (61:52)
Personnel: Mike Jones, piano; Katie Thiroux, bass; Matt Witek, drums
Ordering info: caprirecords.com
Here’s a link where you can download an .mp3 of Mike Jones appearance on #PlayingFavoritesLV. Great stories and coversation – and killer tunes from Penn & Teller’s pianist.
But hurry! The link expires soon. link