For 16 years, lucky people who arrive early for Penn & Teller’s Las Vegas show have been treated to The Show Before the Show: a jazz performance with Penn Jillette on upright bass and Mike Jones on piano. Now, you can experience that show in the comfort of your own home on March 16, as the Mike Jones Duo releases an album named after their nightly performance.
My new cd with @pennjillette on bass and liner notes by @MrTeller is now a very limited edition, numbered, red vinyl Lp! There are only 200! Available exclusively at the Penn&Teller theater, signed by me, @pennjillette and @MrTeller! pic.twitter.com/59uca1PnVK
— Mike Jones (@Jonesjazz) March 4, 2018
The album will be available on CD, as well as digitally through iTunes and Amazon, but there will also be a limited pressing of 200 red vinyl LPs, each one individually signed by Penn, Teller, and Mike Jones and numbered for authenticity. Due to their extremely limited quantities, these special LPs will only be available for purchase at Penn & Teller’s live show in Vegas. Whichever version end up with, each album will also include liner notes written by Teller.
The Magic Castle shows are quite the clandestine operation. It’s formal attire only, you need a special invitation, and they definitely don’t want you snapping photos with your phone. So it’s a special treat when the performers do share a glimpse of what happens inside the private club, which is also the headquarters for the Academy of Magical Arts. Today, we’ve got a short video of JazzMagic, a duo act by Paul Gertner and Marty Ashby. Gertner handles the coin moves while Ashby lays down an acoustic guitar vamp in this introduction to the show. It’s almost like being there in person (or at least we’ll keep telling ourselves that).