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Trumpet Player, Arranger, Music Producer

Based in Los Angeles

About Jon

Jon Manness is a trumpet player, arranger, film composer, music producer, and band leader in Los Angeles. He has toured North and South America with Latin pop artists Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán, written and licensed music for Sundance-selected THE MORTIFIED GUIDE and numerous cable TV shows, produced horn arrangements for Splice and Magic Mike Live, and leads a Radiohead-meets-Jazz group called the RHJ Project.

In addition to performing and recording, Jon has taught film scoring and composition courses at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). He also visits music programs around the country as a conductor and clinician, including Cal Poly, Caltech, and the Primavera Fund in Philadelphia, PA. Visit Jon’s YouTube channel to find helpful music production guides and music-related content.

Currently, Jon is recording and producing music out of his brand-new RED LINE RECORDING STUDIO in Monrovia, CA. Visit his Instagram @jonmanness to find out more about his latest projects and performances, or go on Spotify to hear music that Jon has recorded on.

Recording Artist Credits

  • Avril Lavigne
  • BUNT.
  • DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill)
  • GASHI
  • Grizfolk
  • Maddi Jane

Performing Artist Credits

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Gloria Trevi
  • Alejandra Guzmán
  • George Clinton (P-Funk)
  • Save Ferris
  • Georgel

Film & Media Composer Credits

  • AVATAR (Blu-ray animated feature: “The Night Before AVATAR”)
  • The Mortified Guide (2017 Sundance Film Festival, additional music)
  • The Making of Annie using Microsoft (Commercial)
  • Draken International (Documentary)
  • The Life of Riley (TV Mini Series)

Featured Trumpet Projects

Recording Gear (available for remote sessions):

  • Universal Audio Apollo x6 Audio Interface, recording into LUNA or Logic Pro
  • Microphones: Monheim Créme Tube Condenser, Townsend Sphere L22, Mojave Audio MA-201FetVG, EV RE20, Shure SM7b, and AKG C414 XLS
  • Stomvi VRII Trumpet & Elite Copper Flugelhorn (Jon is a Stomvi-USA artist), vintage Conn trumpet and cornet, as well as tenor sax and valve trombone for horn section recordings
  • Jon records at Red Line Recording Studio, a 250 square feet, acoustically treated studio with an ISO booth, designed by Andrew Monheim of Monheim Microphones

Featured Music for Film & Media

Featured Credits:

  • Music for Avatar Blu-ray feature The Night Before Avatar
  • Additional Music for The Mortified Guide (2017 Sundance Film Festival Selection)
  • Scored over a dozen independent films and licensed music for network and cable TV
  • Masters Degree in Composition with a Concentration in Scoring for Film and Multimedia from New York University (NYU)

Arranging & Composing for Splice, Live Ensembles, and MIDI Orchestras

Synths & Sound Design

Jon’s Synths:

  • Moog: Matriarch, Subharmonicon, Werkstatt-01
  • Make Noise: Strega
  • Behringer: Poly D, K-2, TD-3
  • Roland: TR-8S
  • Korg: Nautilus Workstation

On Camera: Music Videos

Please contact Jennifer Walton ([email protected]) to book Jon in music videos, commercials, print work, and other media as a background or sideline musician.

Contact Jon