Influence Jazz Orchestra launches with two
sold out performances
L.A. has a new and exiting jazz band. Formed by veteran film and TV composer Ron Jones who has scored many projects ranging from Star Trek:The Next Generation to his current assignments scoring Family Guy and American Dad hit series for FOX. The group is comprised of many of the top session and recording musicians from both the scoring and jazz worlds of Los Angeles. The band's debut took place before enthusiastic jazz fans at Charlie O's famous
Jazz club in Van Nuys. To everyone's surprise both performances where sold out weeks in advance as word spread about the band and it's all-star players. Led by veteran film and TV composer Ron Jones with scoring credits on hundreds of projects for Hollywood's major studios. His current scoring assignments keep him busy with music for two popular series from Fox, Family Guy and American Dad. The goal of starting the group was to take these amazing session players that are the energy of so many soundtracks and let live audiences experience them up close. As Jones says, I just keep saying after each scoring session that we need to take this to the people directly so that these wonderful musicians can be appreciated.
On, May 19th, 2008 a packed house at Charlie O's got their chance to hear the group perform. Playing an eclectic mix of East Coast, West Coast, Straight-Ahead, Swing, Contemporary and newlycomposed and arranged charts the band trilled the audience. The name of the group, Influence is really at the heart of what they do. The band pays tribute to the greatest jazz artists, composers and arrangers and celebrates their impact and influence on American and World music. A typical Set for the band would be a classic chart by Nelson Riddle, Billy Byers or Billy May mixed in with contemporary works by leading arrangers such as Maria Schnieder, John Fedchock, Michael Abene, Sammy Nestico, Mark Taylor and many others. And if that was not enough new works are being composed and premiered by the band by leader, Ron Jones and others. According to Jones, We want to be a composers band that features new works all the time. It is interesting for the players and the audiences to be exploring new, creative areas. (continued)