Penn Jillette: magic is easy, music is hard

Penn Jillette performs live
(Image credit: Michael Jackson)

“I warn you right now—anybody reading this is going to hate me,” says Penn Jillette. The voluble half of Penn & Teller, Jillette is also a part-time bebop jazz bassist, and for the past 18 years he and his pianist pal Mike Jones have performed live pre-show music for the magic–comedy pair in Las Vegas.

He readily admits that his role as the bassist half of the Mike Jones Duo is one sweet gig.

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.