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, and he is the composer for a new TV pilot called The Life of Riley, produced by Colony Bay Productions. His latest jazz commission, “Fee-liz Funk,” will be performed 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 lead trumpet for the Joe Vento Big Band. 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 the Broadway musical “In the Heights.”
Jon loves sports and sports talk, and lets everyone know that he grew up near Philly. Find him on twitter @JonManness where he’ll complain about the Philadelphia Eagles, share funny links, and connect with you. View Credits