MIMI JONES

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."
Jones is supported by an engaging and ingenious collection of musicians: pianist Jon Cowherd (Brian Blade, Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash), drummer Jonathan Barber (Kenny Barron, Kurt Elling, Erykah Badu), and soprano saxophonist Samir Zarif (Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Aaron Neville). 

She has studied under the tutelage of Linda McKnight and simultaneously attended weekend classes at the Jazz mobile school with bassist Lisle Atkinson. She also studied with jazz masters such as Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Lateef, Max Roach, Maria Schneider, and bassist Guillermo Edgehill.
Mimi Jones co-directs with ArcoIris Sandoval a project called The D.O.M.E. Experience, a multimedia project that is meant to inspire its audience to become aware of environmental and social issues, within the community and globally, by original compositions performed by a 20 piece jazz orchestra, dance and cinematography. She has created an original mini musical production about the great migration and Harlem Renaissance, with a cast of seven entitled "Next Stop Harlem". Mimi also started the annual Limitless Music Festival in NYC in January during Jazz Convention Week. 

Current Projects
  • July 13, 20, 27- Pangea Restaurant and Bar / 178 2nd Ave, NYC, 10003 With Vocalist Tammy McCann 7pm-8:30pm
  • July 30- Cambridge Jazz Festival with the Tia Fuller Quartet

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