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Mimi Jones



Biography

Mimi Jones is a multitalented bassist, vocalist, and composer. Her elegant sound is an eclectic mix of genres based on a strong jazz foundation that leaves room for funky bass grooves, world beat rhythms, and gentle textures. Miriam Sullivan (aka Mimi Jones) was born in New York City. She studied with Linda McKnight and attended the Jazz Mobile Workshop to study with bassist Lisle Atkinson who became her first mentor and even supplied her with her first bass, a Juzak. She received a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She also attended workshops with saxophonist Charles Davis, Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Milt Hinton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Yusef Latif, Max Roach, and Guillermo Edgehill. Since then, “side man” Miriam Sullivan (aka Mimi Jones) has gone on to share the stage with such talents as the great Lionel Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Rachel Z, Sean Jones, Kenny Barron, Jesse Davis, Ingrid Jenson, Kevin Mahogany, Denis Charles, Joshua Redman, and Onaje Allan Gumbs. She is currently performing in bands led by Tia Fuller, Mala Waldron, Luis Perdomo, Pauline Jean, Lynette Washington, Tamar-Kali, and made a special appearance at Beyoncé's private birthday party for Jay-Z's 40th birthday.

Ms. Sullivan has toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.  Co-founding the group ”Jazz Sabroson”  which was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and Department of State and later on as part of the Lincoln Center's "Rhythm Roads" program,  to participate in cultural exchange programs performing in Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis and the Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and Algeria. In September 2009 "Mimi Jones" emerged and her debut recording A New Day was born. The title of the CD speaks of embracing a changing world with a positive point of view while maintaining the courage to move forward just as the new persona and alter ego, "Mimi Jones," was transformed from “side man” Miriam Sullivan in order to fully express her individual messages of change and personal evolution. As a recurring face since 2000 at the Kennedy Center’s annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival as Miriam Sullivan (playing in bands led by pianist Rachel Z and Joanne Brackeen),  Mimi Jones brought her project to the stage on May 14, 2009 premiering her debut release A New Day.

Mimi plays acoustic bass, baby bass, electric bass, and numerous styles of music (including jazz, funk, hip hop, afro cuban, free, folk, and pop). She says, "I hope that my music sends a message of unconditional love and encouragement in order to let people know that we all experience the same things but in different ways. If we find the joy within eventually it will be all around us." For more about Mimi Jones visit www.MimiJonesMusic.com.
Mimi Jones