Mike Petrone is an American pianist, vocalist, entertainer, and composer best known as Cleveland’s "Piano Man" owing to his 29 years and more than 6,000 performances at Johnny’s Downtown, a storied, and well-regarded restaurant in Cleveland’s Warehouse District. His career includes more than twenty album credits, six motion picture soundtracks, 10,000 plus performances and his stage play 'Caesar The Musical,' which he made into a independent feature film film in 2021 and has earned him 14 wins and 3 nominations at film festivals around the world.
Mike Petrone's jazz piano trio has received acclaim across the globe for their sophisticated and elegant recordings of the Great American Songbook. He has also performed with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, as well as at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In New York City, he has appeared at Sardi’s, Club 21, Tavern on the Green, and Trump Tower, and in Las Vegas, at Caesar's Palace. He has worked with Broadway legend, and Tony winner, Jim Dale, with Grammy winners, Kathleen Battle, and Leonard Slatkin in classical music, and with Motown legends The Funk Brothers in popular music.
In 2005, Mike received a Proclamation from Cleveland Mayor, Jane Campbell, for his 25 years contributing to the arts. In 2016, The Mike Petrone Band was named “Corporate Entertainer of the Year” by CBC Magazine. In 2021, he received a Special Commendation from The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and in 2022, was honored with a Senatorial Citation from The Ohio Senate General Assembly. He is also the first full-time musician to be a member of Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2009). His film award wins include Best Original Score from The Rome Movie Awards, Best Music in a Feature Film from The Austin International Film Festival, Best Music Director from Accord Cine Fest, Best Original Music from EdiPlay International Film Festival and Best Original Score from The New Jersey Film Awards.
Since 2020 Mike has been a fundraiser and advocate for The Greater Cleveland Food Bank (including two charitable events in 2022). Also in 2022, his participation in University Hospital's Cross Out Cancer gala at The Shoreby Club helped raise $290,000 in a single night. His previous charitable activities include fundraisers for Akron Children's Hospital, The Greater Cleveland Diversity Center, University Hospitals Miracle Fund, The Cleveland Catholic Diocese Scholarship Fund, Huntington's Disease Association of North America, Achievement Centers for Children, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, MedWish International, Boys and Girls Clubs of North America, College Now, and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. In 2010, his 30th Anniversary Concert, broadcast locally, helped to raise funds and awareness for The Cleveland School of the Arts.
Conan O'Brien and Mike Petrone after Mike performed for his introductory meet and greet at WKYC in Cleveland.