Mimi Jones Info
Bassist, Vocalist, and Composer
If Mimi Jones’ sound could be summarized into a few words, it would best be described
as, a delicate fusion of traditional & contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock…
textures and dynamics simple yet unpredictable progressions, supported over a heavy
bounce no matter what the groove, always crowned with a memorable melody. Despite
the effort, this description doesn’t even begin to capture the renowned talent that is Mimi
As a multi-talented bassist, vocalist, and composer, Mimi Jones has carved a name for herself in an array of genres that include Jazz, Folk, Rock, Afro Cuban, Neo Soul and Blues. She has studied with well esteemed artists such as Lisle Atkinson, Justin Diccioccio, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, Linda McKnight, Maria Schneider and Guillermo Edgehill to name a few.
After earning her Bachelor's of Music from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory, she has shared the stage with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Denis Charles, Kevin Mahogany, Ravi Coltrane, Rachel Z, the Tia Fuller Quartet, Sean Jones, Kenny Barron, Jesse Davis, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington’s ‘Mosaic Project’, Diane Reeves, DD Bridgewater, Lizz Wright, Roy Hargrove, Tamar-Kali, Rudy Royston’s 303, Luis Perdomo’s ‘Controlling Ear Unit’, Camille A. Brown dance company, Marc Cary Trio, the Camille Thurman Quartet, and singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon to name a few.
Ms. Jones is also a U.S. Jazz ambassador who has been commissioned four times by the US State Department to perform in the following countries: Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria. Mimi made her debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “NY Women’s Ensemble Orchestra” directed by Virginia Luque, and was featured with the amazing talents of soprano Ana Maria Martinez and pianist Sonia Rubinsky. Mimi’s talents have also been recognized by the commercial music industry as well, as she was personally flown in by singer Beyoncé Knowles to perform at an elaborate birthday party for her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z. Mimi appeared with pop sensation Frank Ocean earlier this year at the Met Ball Party in NYC.
In 2009, she released her debut album "A New Day" which boasts original compositions that are seamlessly tied together by her sultry voice.
Currently, Mimi Jones is touring her recently released album entitled “Balance” featuring Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Justin Faulkner on drums, Shirazette Tinnin on drums, Luis Perdomo on piano, Miki Hayama on piano, Enoch Smith Jr. on piano, Marvin Sewell on guitar, Sean Harkness on guitar, and Camille Thurman on Flute/Voice, Mala Waldron on Vocals.
Mimi not only intends for this CD project to be an engaging musical offering for the listener, but a physical offering to the community as well. A portion of the proceeds from the project will be offered to a charitable organizations that supports music programs for youth in the community in order to decrease the gun violence within our communities.In addition to working on her new album "Balance", Mimi is currently working on a joint venture with pianist/composer Arco Iris Sandoval, on a project entitled "The D.O.M.E. Experience". They intend to fuse elements of the classic orchestra, with the big band, dance and cinema to bring awareness to the world's social and environmental issues.
To find out more about Mimi Jones visit: www.thedomeexperiment.com.
Mimi Jones " A New Day"
"We seldom "push" CD's to the top of the review stacks, but every once in a while, the first listen (just kinda') DICTATES that our thoughts about the music we're hearing MUST be written down in/of the moment. It's an odd comparison, in a certain sense, but it's like the very first time I listened to a Joni Mitchell album... I knew that the artist's vision was part of a new paradigm..."