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Mimi Jones has worked for more than two decades as a bassist, vocalist, producer, label owner and filmmaker. The Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, or MSUFCU, Jazz Artist in Residence program is hosting its third jazz artist this academic year. Mimi Jones, a jazz bassist, will be teaching and touring with jazz students from the MSU College of Music. The residency program - launched in 2013 - allows for established musicians to pass on their knowledge and experiences to aspiring jazz musicians, and the program is supported by a $1 million endowment from MSUFCU. After working with students in the jazz studies program at MSU, Jones will tour with the MSU Jazz Octets, "an advanced ensemble featuring a big band sound through a small group." Together, they will teach and perform at schools, art academies and community venues throughout Michigan from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10. "It's about the music, but it's also about people and the world that we live in and trying to make it a better place," Jones said. "I love the opportunity to mentor for that reason, and also just because I love the bass and I love the music."
Photo courtesy of the MSU College of Music.