Mike Jones

Mike Jones is a pianist playing timeless jazz.

The man recreates a lost jazz art form. He has made a mission of carrying on the tradition of two handed solo piano jazz with a new twist. Mike's music encompasses styles ranging from James P. Johnson and Fats Waller through Art Tatum and up to Dave McKenna and Oscar Peterson. For years, Mike performed at the finest jazz clubs in the Northeast, including Zinno, and Toast in New York, and Scullers and the Regatta Bar in Boston. Mike even appeared daily on the Nancy Merrill Show, a live television show on the CBS affiliate WHDH Channel 7 in Boston, before finding himself on stage nightly with Penn and Teller in Las Vegas.

Since 1993, Mike has been on Hank O'Neal's legendary jazz label, Chiaroscuro.

In 1999, Mike was featured, along with Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, and Monty Alexander at the 17th annual Floating Jazz Festival, held on board the Queen Elizabeth II. In 2000, Mike was on board again, this time with Roy Hargrove, John Hendricks, and Diane Schurr. He has also been featured on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Jazz Festival, and at the Ultimate Caribbean Jazz Spectacular.

His first release, “Oh! Look At Me Now!” went on to become the Chiarascuro's best selling title by a new artist. His follow up, “Runnin' Wild”, was released in 1996 to critical acclaim. When his third release “Live At Steinway Hall” launched in 1997, Mike became a much sought-after solo live performer.

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Mike Jones- “Stretches Out” “As a jazz pianist, Jones commands a lavish arsenal of formidable weapons: the rumbling bass lines of an Erroll Garner or Dave McKenna, the meteoric right-hand phrasings of an Art Tatum or Bud Powell, the awesome chops of an Oscar Peterson or McCoy Tyner, the natural rhythmic swing of a Hampton Hawes or Horace Silver, the unerring taste and sensitivity of a Kenny Barron, Hank Jones or Bill Evans.” - Jack Bowers, Cadence Magazine ”Even if pianist Mike Jones provided nothing but the keyboard virtuosity for which he is developing a national reputation, he would be well worth hearing. But Jones brings much more to this tour de force recording, which places him in a league with such superior solo pianists as Dick Hyman and Dave McKenna.” -Howard Reich, Los Angeles Times

“The Most remarkable pure technique of any piano player working in jazz today...over the course of three solo albums, Mike Jones has quietly established himself as the successor to the stupefyingly virtousic Oscar Peterson, in much the same way Peterson took the baton from the previously peerless Art Tatum in the 1950's.” -Neil Tesser,

“Mike Jones is a true virtuoso, a two-handed pianist who often recalls Oscar Peterson while throwing in some heated stride now and then, along with basslines worthy of Dave McKenna” -Scott Yanow, Cadence Magazine

“He displays a ferociously driving independence of right and left-hand lines...and a reflective lyricism tastefully distant from the floral bouquets of other chops-endowed pianists.” -Jack Sohmer, JAZZ TIMES

“He is after (Dave) Mc Kenna, the great living Mainstream Monster of jazz piano, with great taste in standards and a sense of swing strong enough to rock the reading room of the British Museum

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Las Vegas

Clinic/Workshop Information

Mike talks about the history of jazz piano including demonstrations of different styles, and most specifically about solo playing. Students are encouraged to play in a master class environment, with Mike providing insight and helpful ideas to improve their playing.

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Discography

The Show Before The Show

The Show Before The...

Capri Records
2018

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Roaring

Roaring

Capri Records
2016

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Plays Well With Others

Plays Well With Others

Capri Records
2013

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Mike Jones Stretches...

Chiaroscuro Records
2002

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Stretches Out

Stretches Out

Chiaroscuro Records
2002

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Live At Steinway Hall

Live At Steinway Hall

Chiaroscuro Records
2001

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