John Fumo

Neil Diamond's Trumpet Man

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LA studio musician 30+years. Home studio recorded several original trax for TV shows Mad Men, Aquarius, Movies, 50/50, Hop and many more. Neil Diamonds trumpet player for 15 years, appeared on TV backing James Brown, Brian Setzer, Neil Diamond, Neil Young and too many more.

Horn section recordings or solos for your tracks.
John Fumo is one of the major players in the Los Angeles-based recording scene. His ability to improvise under any setting (from bop to free jazz) has long been a valuable asset.”
Scott Yanow, from Trumpet Kings (The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet) ©2001

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25 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jonathan S.
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    Just finished another project with John. His playing has great feeling and his recordings are top-notch quality - John is the man!! Can't wait to work with him again.

  2. Review by Sambodhi P.
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    Very professional, beautiful tone, pristine recording quality, great communication & creative scope. Very happy!

  3. Review by Esther D.
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    Super collaboration with John for our brand new album "Pacific Addiction" (MANDOO). Great team for horn section, very easy to work together. Extremely recommended

  4. Review by Jonathan S.
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    I just finished another project with John. As always he produced excellent quality tracks executed flawless performances which will greatly enhance my track. Great communicator and easy going - I can't recommend him enough!

  5. Review by Joaquin C.
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    A great experience working with John. Really nice sound.

  6. Review by Frank R.
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    Wow. What a knowledgeable and truly remarkable musician. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with someone with a high degree of music comprehension and it’s inner workings. It’s people like you who make good songs great. And thanks SoundBetter for attracting these talented artist.

  7. Review by Luke M.
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    John has a great ear and can adapt to any song or project. A fantastic horn player with excellent quality. I will definitely be hitting him back up in the future. Cheers!

  8. Review by Esther D.
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    Working with John for our new record is a real pleasure, efficiency, super sound, and great team for horns section.

  9. Review by Michael S.
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    John Fumo is a great player and a pleasure to work with. He gave me a ton of compelling and eminently usable tracks for my song project. I was thrilled by the eager way he accommodated a specific idea I had and did a new take after already delivering me great stuff -- and totally nailed it. His horn put the project over the finish line a great way. I'll be coming back.

  10. Review by Fred M.
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    John is a powerhouse and an amazing talent, if you are looking for master horns sounds look no further just call John. I will surely be calling John again !!!!

  11. Review by Esther D.
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    Still a very nice collaboration with John for whole next album of MANDOO. Excellent musician and horn section leader, working with a super team. We highly recommend him.

  12. Review by Shawn B.
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    John was fantastic to work with! A top notch professional that pays attention to detail without forgetting to play for the song along with being a nice guy, you can’t go wrong with him!

  13. Review by Esther D.
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    Great collaboration with John for horns session, very beautiful sound and great efficiency, we highly recommand him

  14. Review by Jonathan S.
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    I had a really great experience working with John on my latest project. He took my vague and ill-defined ideas for trumpet sounds and turned them into rich, expressive, well-recorded, production-ready trumpet tracks. He captured the exact sound I was looking for and even improved on it and took it into new and interesting directions. He is super easy going and easy to work with. I look forward to working with John again soon and highly recommend him.

  15. Review by Esther D.
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    John did a superb horn section work on our two last singles (MANDOO). We highly recommend him !

  16. Review by Esther D.
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    John recorded horns on our new single, a real chance for us to work with him. Great talent, availability and super efficiency. MANDOO

  17. Review by Phillip T.
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    John is simply amazing. Professional all the way. Have really enjoyed working with him!

  18. Review by Phillip T.
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    Total pro and really fun to work with! Can wait until the next project!

  19. Review by Steve L.
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    John is an outstanding musician and a really lovely person to work with. His playing was exactly what I was after, a total pro!!

  20. Review by Martin Della Nina
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    John is an extremely talented and professional musician.
    He tracked down his trumpets the same day I asked for them with the highest quality.
    No doubt I'll be sure to ask for his services again in the future.

    It's invaluable to have a trumpet this good on your track.

  21. Review by Daniel P.
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    John Fumo is a brilliant musician. Professional, inspired and with the gift of elevating your track to a new level. It doesn't get better than this, really. Unless you resurrect Miles or Louis...Jaw-dropping playing!

  22. Review by Scott B.
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    John is a true professional with exceptional talent!

  23. Review by Grand Moustache
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    John was quick to respond and quick to get the job done. He also did an excellent job. Thanks mate!

  24. Review by Plus A Management
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    John is amazingly talented. 100 Percent recommendable. Great ear and super professional.

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    I have used john Fumo for 15 years ... always amazing ...always in tune can read anything

Interview with John Fumo

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I mainly record horn sections depending on the clients needs, from solo trumpet to full 6 piece sections or more.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I have a studio in the backyard of my home, treated with high quality diffusers and tuned for a warm brass sound. I use a John Hardy mic pre, hand made cables for all the gear and a Fat Head 2 on the trumpet.

  5. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  6. A: Peter Gabriel-I've worked with so many great artist's from James Brown to Neil Diamond, I've always loved Peters work!

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I bring beauty to others thru music-I have worked all my life honing my craft and when I can shed some happiness to another person I feel rewarded!

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: Versatile. Creative.

  11. Q: What's your typical work process?

  12. A: Listen to the clients needs and help to produce the best posssible music!

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: Experience, energy, and professionalism

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Trumpet solos or parts, arranging and understanding the music that I am working on

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: My horn, a grand piano, MacBook, interface and a versatile mic!

  19. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  20. A: Tracks for the Mad Men TV series. This was my first gig doing all the music at my studio!

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Listen to some horn sections or trumpet solos and get a feel for what sound you are going for. If not leave it up to me-I'm really good at it:)

  23. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  24. A: A professionally recorded horn or horn sections with the top A list players in Los Angeles.

  25. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  26. A: 2 Jazz projects, an Eastern trio project, a duet project with tpt and gtr, library house salsa, Brazilian and funk tunes.

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: Peter Gabriel, Miles Davis, Biggie Smalls, Gustav Mahler, Beatles,

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Pop jazz salsa film tv commercials classical you name it I have done it for many years with the best in the business from Neil Diamond to James Brown.

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: When I track multiple tpt parts I may use a different a horn or mouthpiece and a different mic to give more personality to each track!

  33. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  34. A: 40 years professional musician in Los Angeles. My only job and I love it. Very fortunate to be able to work in LA and to travel the world.

  35. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  36. A: Q-Can you give me a quote. A-yes

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Digital-I do not own analog recording gear.

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  • Neil Diamonds 50th anniversary world tourApr 09, 2017

    Just hit the road for the 2017 tour. I have all my recording gear with me and continue to record sessions from the road. I usually find an unused ballroom in our hotel that sounds great. My other horns guys are out here and I have access to anything you can imagine-gear wise.


  • Neil Diamond TourSep 15, 2015

    The ND tour wraps up in November 2015 and already filling up my home recording schedule.