Mike Petrone is an American pianist, vocalist, entertainer, and composer with over twenty album credits, four motion picture soundtracks, 10,000 plus performances and a career spanning nearly forty years.
He is perhaps best known as Cleveland’s “Piano Man,’ owing to his 26 years and more than 5,500 performances at Johnny’s Downtown, a storied, and well-regarded restaurant in the heart of Cleveland’s Warehouse District.
His career boasts performances 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. 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.
For the better part of his career, Mike can be found performing roughly three hundred-fifty dates a year, mostly in the Cleveland area. The Mike Petrone Band was honored in 2016 by CBC Magazine as “Corporate Entertainer of the Year” for their performances during The Republican National Convention. In 2005 Mike received a Proclamation from then Mayor of Cleveland, Jane Campbell, for his 25 years contributing to the arts. He is the first full-time musician to be a member of Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2009) and has helped foster the careers of several Broadway stars and popular musicians.
Additionally, his jazz piano trio has received acclaim across the globe for their sophisticated and elegant recordings of the Great American Songbook.
Mike has been civically active as well. His 30th Anniversary Concert, broadcast locally, helped to raise funds and awareness for The Cleveland School of the Arts. He has been a mentor for The Cleveland Foundations 'Civic Innovation Lab' and a member of the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Arts Network Advisory Board. In 2018 and 2019 alone, Mike and his band have participated in 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, MedWish International, College Now, and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.
Conan O'Brien and Mike Petrone after Mike performed for his introductory meet and greet at WKYC in Cleveland.