Film and TV composer Jonathan Manness transforms pictures and characters into music. Ever since putting his own cue to an NYU student film, Jon finally understood the universal emotions felt in music. After being chided by his teacher for living in the wrong city, Jon headed west to Los Angeles and hasn’t looked back…
Jon’s first LA gig was scoring AVATAR Extended Blu-ray special feature “The Night Before AVATAR.” Since then, he’s written advertising music for MICROSOFT, arranged for the live bands at HERSHEYPARK Theme Park, received commissions from the US ARMY and public schools around the country, and scored over a dozen independent films. In television, Jon’s music has appeared on CBS, TLC, Bravo, and PBS. As a concert composer, Jon recently guest-conducted the West Coast premiere of his piece, Western Frontier, performed by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band. His latest jazz band commission, Fee-liz Funk, will premiere at the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference.
In addition to composing, Jon plays trumpet all over Los Angeles. Comfortable playing in any genre, he is currently principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra and has performed with members of The Offspring and Guns ’N Roses. Jon has been a guest artist at Universal Studios Hollywood, Catalina Jazz Club, House of Blues, the Viper Room, and other famous LA venues. The LA Times called the band “red-hot” when he played lead trumpet at Casa 0101’s production of broadway musical “In the Heights.” Jon frequently records for solo artists, hip-hop producers, and other film composers in his Los Feliz studio.
Jon loves sports and sports talk, and lets everyone know that he grew up near Philly. Find him on twitter and instagram where he’ll complain about the Philadelphia Eagles, share funny links, and connect with you.