Mike Jones Displays Mastery Of Jazz Piano In Virtual Quarantine Series

On Saturday, April 18, the jazz pianist extraordinaire was to make an appearance in his native hometown. At the MusicalFare Theatre Premier Cabaret Lounge presented by JazzBuffalo. That is, until our world was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living in Las Vegas as a part of the Penn & Teller show, Mike Jones has been busy recording masterful piano solos that puts his incredible talents on display in high quality video and audio.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mike Jones left the area to study at the Berklee School of Music. Since 2002, his virtuoso jazz piano has been part of the Penn & Teller Show in Las Vegas. Playing before thousands of Las Vegas visitors each week.

In that time, Mike Jones has become well known for his mastery of the piano. And, for his “two-handed” mastery of the Great American Songbook. A throwback to the original stride players who exemplified equal prowess in both left ad right-hand playing of the piano.

During our time of staying at home, Jones has quietly been building up a repertoire of solo performances. Offering up a “Quarantine Series” of Great American Songbook piano playing to enjoy. Including one virtual duet.

As we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month this April, here are several recorded performances from his home setting for all of us to enjoy:

Here’s a snappy little song to start the week, number 11 in my “Quarantine Series”, Close Your Eyes. Please jeep staying home and safe! #jazzpiano #solopiano #quarantinemusic #pennandtellerlive #kawaipianos #chihuahua

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Monday, April 13, 2020
Song: Close Your Eyes

A special duet with my dear friend and monster musician, Christian Tamburr! #jazzpiano #jazzvibraphone #christiantamburr #pennandtellerlive #jazzduet #soundsforsculpture #jazzvibes

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Saturday, April 11, 2020
Duet with vibraphonist Christian Tambur

Here’s number 10 in my “Quarantine Series”, Day By Day. Please keep staying home! #jazzpiano #jazz #quarantinemusic #pennandtellerlive #kawaipianos #chihuahua #solojazz

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Thursday, April 9, 2020
Song: Day by Day

Unofficial theme song of these times. Number 9 in my “Quarantine Series”, Alone Together. Please stay safe everyone! #jazzpiano #jazz #quarantinemusic #pennandtellerlive #kawaipianos #chihuahua #solopiano

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Song: Alone Together

Some appropriate Duke for today. Number 8 in my “Quarantine Series”. Keep staying in and safe everyone! #jazzpiano #solojazz #quarantinemusic #pennandtellerlive #kawaipiano

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Sunday, April 5, 2020
Playing Duke Ellington

Here’s number 7 in my “Quarantine Series”, Tangerine. Please stay inside and stay safe! #jazzpiano #jazz #solopiano #pennandtellerlive #kawaipiano #quarantinemusic

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Friday, April 3, 2020
Song: Tangerine
April In Paris

Here’s number 6 in my “Quarantine Series”, here’s a timely tune, April In Paris! Please stay safe everyone!

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Song: April in Paris
There Will Never Be Another You

This might show up twice because I posted it on Instagram already, but so far, no luck! This is the latest in my “Quarantine Series “, There Will Never Be Another You.

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Monday, March 30, 2020
Song: There Will Never Be Another You

Here’s a little Duke for the weekend. Stay safe! #jazz #jazzpiano #pennandtellerlive #kawai #kawaipiano #quarantinemusic

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Friday, March 27, 2020
One for the Duke!

Here’s number 3 from the other day. Trying to keep positive! Stay safe everyone! #quarantinemusic #jazz #jazzpiano #pennandtellerlive #chihuahua

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Number 2 in my “Quarantine Series”, a slightly stressed version! #quarantinemusic #jazz #jazzpiano #pennandtellerlive #kawai #chihuahua

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Monday, March 23, 2020

Just like every other musician, I’m going crazy not performing, so I’m going to do a bunch of videos. Here’s the first in my “Quarantine Series” stay safe everyone! #quarantinemusic #jazz #jazzpiano #kawaii #solojazz #pennandteller #dogtax

Posted by Mike Jones Jazz Piano on Saturday, March 21, 2020

You can follow Mike Jones on Facebook or follow his YouTube channel for more recordings he may be putting up. JazzBuffalo will keep an eye out and perhaps post more.

We certainly hope, when this pandemic is finally over, to reschedule the homecoming solo performance concert we were all anticipating!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *