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 Jones. Her new CD called, "Balance" will be released in January 2014, featuring great talent such as Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Justin Faulkner on drums, Luis Perdomo on piano, Marvin Sewell on guitar, and more.
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.
Although Mimi Jones has for the past 20 years enjoyed and will continue performing in the supporting role as a sideman, she has been simultaneously pursuing her dreams of "having her original music exposed to a wider audience". She has performed as leader with the "Mimi Jones Band", performing at revered venues like the Jazz Standard, The Blue Note, the Kennedy Center, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center, amongst others. She is also a US 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.
In 2009, she released her debut album "A New Day" which boasts original compositions that are seamlessly tied together by her sultry voice. Her newest album, "Balance," is scheduled to be released in September 2013 and will feature Marvin Sewell, Miki Hayama, Luis Perdomo, Enoch Smith Jr., Camille Thurman, Ingrid Jensen, Justin Faulkner, Shirazette Tinnin, Sean Harkness, and Mala Waldron. 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 organization that supports fare trade of music programs in exchange for gun violence amongst our youth.
In addition to working on her new album "Balance", Mimi will be working on a joint venture with pianist/composer Arco Iris Sandoval, on a project entitled "The D.O.M.E. Experience." With this project, 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.mimijonesmusic.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..."