Touring Trumpet Player (Gloria Trevi, Alejandra Guzmán), Horn Arranger for The Red Line Horns (Versus World Tour), session musician (Joe Bastianich, Alex Ernst).
Raised outside of Philly, Jonathan Manness is a trumpet player and composer in Los Angeles.
As a trumpet player, Jon has performed around the world and recorded with such international artists and shows as Gloria Trevi, Alejandra Guzmán, Magic Mike Live, NFL's LA Chargers, Alex Sparrow, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and internet celeb Alex Ernst.
As a composer, Jon has written music for the AVATAR Blu-ray, MICROSOFT, THE MORTIFIED GUIDE (Sundance/Netflix), THE US ARMY, and schools around the country.
Recent projects include performing as the Bolts Bugler for Los Angeles Chargers at The Stubhub Center (NFL on CBS), as well as guest artist on Facebook's CONFETTI Live Trivia Game Show.
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Interview with Jon Manness - Trumpet Player
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use an AKG C414 XLS that goes into Universal Audio Apollo x4 with UAD plugins. I record into Logic Pro and deliver stems to clients.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We do a lot of recording sessions for independent and signed artists.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jerry Hey, who was Quincy's horn arranger and trumpet player, was the best to ever do it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It varies on the client, but I'll typically overdub midi horn lines or come up with my own arrangements.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I do my best to fit within and compliment the song, as opposed to showing off and making it about me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My background in composition allows me to approach each project in very musical way, especially when I arrange for a horn section.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly pop, but also some jazzy-pop records.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't stick the trumpet mic directly in front of the bell! Slide it 2-4 inches to either side to get the tone, but without the air that comes out of the bell.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Stevie Wonder because his music so much fun to play and it would be a dream to play with the man himself!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My sound is typically big, bright, and punchy for pop recordings, but it's nice when I get to play soft and jazzy on my flugelhorn.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Clients ask what to send me, and normally I just ask for a stereo mix of their project. If they have midi horn parts, I may ask for mixes with and without the midi horns, or just the horn stems if the horns are low in the mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love collaborating with artists producers and stepping into their world for the project.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always send clean, dry, edited tracks so they can simply focus on the mix.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: For the past year, I've been recording trumpet for internet celeb Alex Ernst, who has hired me on five songs so far!