Jonathan Chrystal Manness is a trumpet player and composer in Los Angeles.
As a trumpet player, Jon toured with Mexican pop stars Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzmán on their Versus World Tour, which sold-out arenas across the US, Mexico, and South America. When he’s home, Jon is heavily involved in the Hollywood commercial music scene, regularly playing at The Sayers Club, The Viper Room, and Lucky Strike Live. He’s recorded for CeeLo Green, Magic Mike Live, Alex Sparrow, Dezmond Meeks, and Zahir Ashe, and works with songwriters and producers in every genre. As a horn arranger, Jon formed The Red Line Horns, a 3-piece horn section that works with a number of recording and touring artists, including Gloria Trevi Vs. Alejandra Guzmán’s Versus World Tour.
As a composer, 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. Jon’s music is featured on THIS IS HOME, a podcast about families brought together through unlikely circumstances and the remarkable relationships they forge. His latest project was writing additional music for THE MORTIFIED GUIDE, a new series from the team behind the Mortified Podcast that celebrates the misguided ways we navigated life’s biggest issues as kids – from romance to family to rockstar obsessions. The Mortified Guide premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is available to stream on Netflix and Amazon.
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, premiered at the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference.
As an educator, 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 clinician.
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