Mike Jones Trio

Everyone who follows jazz piano knows that pianist Mike Jones follows nobly in the tradition of soloists such as Dave McKenna, Dick Hyman and Jon Weber ¿ hyper-virtuosos who apply a streamlined bravura to the great American songbook. But this weekend at the Green Mill, says Jones, he hopes listeners will hear a somewhat different side of his art ¿ something other than familiar tunes dispatched with gleaming (and seemingly effortless) technical precision. For starters, Jones says he'll push beyond the standards repertory for which he's best known. "I'm looking to play some very different things," says Jones, who will be joined by two Chicagoans ¿ drummer Eric Montzka and bassist Kelly Sill.Read the full Mike Jones interview Mike Jones Trio: 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday; Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $12; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
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