Mimi Jones has, for more than two decades, been on the scene as a bassist, vocalist, producer, label owner, and filmmaker. She took up the guitar at the age of twelve, studying classical guitar with her first music instructor, James Bartow, at the Harlem School of the Arts. She also studied percussion, songwriting, voice, drums, and dance.
As a Jazz Ambassador, Mimi has toured Africa, Europe, Russia, China, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean for the U.S. State Department. Her vast work as a sidewoman includes gigs with Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kenny Barron, Lizz Wright, Dianne Reeves, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Roy Hargrove, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendricks, Kevin Mahogany, Corey Glover, Raymond Angry, Marc Cary, Toshi Reagon, Rachel Z, Tammy McCann, Sean Jones, Cyrille Aimee, Allan Harris, Rudy Royston, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Peterson, and Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy Award winning Mosaic Project.
In 2009, Jones launched her own record label, Hot Tone Music, which has produced 9 albums thus far. Her third CD for the label, Feet in the Mud, was her most powerful, propulsive, and personal recording to date. "Feet in the Mud to me means being true to one's own self despite your race, age, gender, size etcetera," Jones says. "It's about finding true joy within yourself, having an open mind and spirit and a connection to the earth."