Jonathan Chrystal Manness is a trumpet player and composer in Los Angeles.
As a trumpet player, 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 Redline Horns, a 3-piece horn section that performs funk, soul, and rock music in Los Angeles.
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. His latest project is composing for THIS IS HOME, a podcast about families brought together through unlikely circumstances and the remarkable relationships they forge.
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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