Mike Jones (75)

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Born and raised in Buffalo, NY – the only American city named after a huge smelly mammal – Jones attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after college he remained in the city, 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 caught the ear of Penn Jillette who, in 2002, brought Jones onboard for the nightly Penn and Teller show at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

His debut album, Oh! Look At Me Now! (1994), went on to become Chiaroscuro Records’ best-selling title by a new artist; the follow-up, Runnin’ Wild, was released in 1996 to rave reviews. Jones has since recorded three more highly successful CDs in the following decade, including the 2005 album recorded at the world-renowned Green Mill in Chicago – a venue with which, since his first appearance there in 2002, the pianist has had a regular trio gig at his disposal.

Jones’s impressive technique allows him to carry the show all by himself, and he frequently appears in a solo context. But, as those who have attended the Penn and Teller Show can attest, Jones has also performed with one other instrumentalist for years now. That “other instrumentalist” would be the self-described taller member of the comic duo, Penn Jillette, who plays bass with Jones – or “Jonesy, the Jazz Demon,” as he is fondly known around the show – during the introductory musical segment each evening.

In 2013, Jones released Plays Well With Others, his first album on the Capri Records label. He is a Kawai Pianos artist.
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Mike Jones (75) Discography Tracks

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CR(D) 325 Mike Jones (75) - Oh! Look At Me Now! album art Mike Jones (75) Oh! Look At Me Now!(CD, Album) Chiaroscuro Records CR(D) 325 US 1993 Sell This Version
CR(D) 336 Mike Jones (75) - Runnin' Wild album art Mike Jones (75) Runnin' Wild(CD, Album) Chiaroscuro Records CR(D) 336 US 1995 Sell This Version
CF(D) 375 Mike Jones (75) - Stretches Out album art Mike Jones (75) Stretches Out(CD) Chiaroscuro CF(D) 375 US 2001 Sell This Version
none Mike Jones (75) - Penn & Teller Present: Music To Look At Boxes By - The Home Edition album art Mike "Jonesy" Jones* Penn & Teller Present: Music To Look At Boxes By - The Home Edition(CD) Not On Label none US 2002 Sell This Version
Mike Jones (75) - The Show Before The Show album art Mike Jones (75), Penn Jillette Mike Jones (75), Penn Jillette - The Show Before The Show (Album) Capri Records (6) USA & Canada 2018 Sell This Version