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Jon Barnes / Bio

Jon Barnes is a world class musician, who played in the movie "Dirty Dancing". He is also a writer, composer, producer, businessman and educator. Although his principal instruments are trumpet and piano, Jon plays all and teaches all instruments.
Growing up in Baltimore, Jon started studying trumpet in church and elementary school.

His first of many mentors was the late Robert Smith who was his music teacer as well as a violinist with the Baltmore Symphony Orchestra and a jazz pianist. Another mentor, the late David Hairston from Garrison Jr. High School taught Jon music theory and composition. Jon was hired to play gigs in order to devlop his craft.

In high school Jon's mentor was Charles Funn. It was Charles who further exposed Jon to learn classical, improvisation, big band and bebop styles of music. At Virginia Polytechnic University, Jon's mentor, Dr. Allen Batchelder unlocked the mysteries of how the trumpet can be easily played and encouraged him to pursue music and business.

Professionally, Jon has also recorded, toured and produced many projects with Gerald McCaulley, Billy Preston, Gerald Albright, Temptations, Four Tops, SmokeyRobinson, Tom Scott, Chris Botti, Gary Bias, Brenda Russell, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the West Coast Allstars CD and DVD and many more. In adddition, he has managed to create his own music curriculum, Kids Music Corner. com.which allows children to learn about musicwhile simulating the playground experience.

Jon, like Miles Davis enjoys sharing the stage with talented people who are inspiring, honest, and hard working. He enjoys spending time with his family in jam sessions and teaching music to his grandkids. Jon believes " a family that plays together will stay together."


Anne Nesby
Gail Jhonson
Val Watson
George Clinton
George Benson
Mindy Abair
Gerald McCaulley
Gerald Albright
Rick Braun
Ricky lawson
Chris Botti
Al Jarreau
Gary Bias
Reggie Young
Larry Dunn
Craig T. Cooper
Michael Cooper
Smokey Robinson
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Lallah Hathaway
Howard Hewitt
Phillip Ingrim
Tom Scott
Eric Marienthal
Bobby Lyle
Alison Williams
Freddie Fox
Pointer Singers
Andre' Crouche
Eric Darius
Everette harp
Dwight Sills
Larry Kimpell
Brenda Russell
Skip Martin
Eddie Miller
Justin Timberlake
Patrick Swazye
Jonathan Bultler

Corporate Sponsors

Ansel Co.
Family Auto
Nuvia 3
Monster Cable
db Music & Sound
Dave Hairston Sound Company

Notable Live Performances:

North Cannery's Casino - Las Vegas, NV 2012
with Little Anthony and the Imperials

Taste of Omaha Festival - Omaha, NE 2011
with Skip Martin Kool and The Gang

Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - LA, CA 2011
with LAI, Stevie wonder, Justin Bebier

Calabasa Jazz Festival - Calabasas, CA 2011
with Gail Jhonson, Jeffery Osborne

Long Beach Jazz Festival - Long Beach, CA 2011
with NGD,Charlie Wilson

Santa Clarita Jazz Festival - Valencia, CA 2011
with Jazzy Jeff, Ricky Lawson

Animal Society Jazz Festival - Las Vegas, NV 2011
with Skip Martin, Dazz Band

Corona Jazz Festival - Corona, CA 2011
with Jazzy Jeff

Newport Beach Boat gig - Newport , CA 2011
Corporate gig w/ Jazzy

Raquel's Jazz Lounge - Rialto, CA 2011
Jon Barnes CD Release Party

The Mix Lounge - Sacramento,CA 2011
with Utopian Dreams Band

Music Summer Series - Cosa Mesa, CA 2011
with Jazzy Jeff

Victorville Spice of Life Festival - Victorville, CA 2011
Jon Barnes trio

Victor Valley Medical Group - Apple Valley, CA 2011
Jon Barnes solo piano

LA County Fair - Perris, CA 2011
Jon Barnes quartet

Rock Springs - Apple Valley, CA 2011
Jon Barnes solo piano

Pre-Grammy Party - LA, CA 2011
Jon Barnes solo piano

Ritz Carlton Corporate - LA, CA 2011
Jon Barnes, Zimm Zimmerman

Icon lounge - LA, CA 2011
with Gail Jhonson, Eric Darius, 94.7 Wave
CD Release Party

Spaghettini Bar and Grill - Seal Beach, CA 2011
with Kieth Silverman CD Release Party

Merrill Gardens Center - Apple Valley, CA 2011
Jon Barnes solo piano

The Orpheum Theatre - Omaha, NE 2006
Billy Preston, Victor Bailey, Ricky Lawson,
Ann Nesby, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Lyle, Craig T. Cooper,
Kevin Toney, Gerald McCaulley, Val Watson, West Coast All Stars

Sacramento Jazz Festival - Sacramento, CA 2004
Brenda Russell, Alex Al, Chris Botti, Jerry Petters
Lalah Hathaway,Tom Scott, Freddie Fox, Gerald McCaulley
Val Watson

The Greek Theater - LA, CA 2003
Carl Anderson, Ricky Lawson, Rick Braun, Everette Harp,
Gerald McCaulley, Val Watson, Craig T. Cooper

Monster Dealer Awards Las Vegas, NV 2005
with Rod Stewart, George Benson

Kodak Theater - LA, CA 2002

General Info

Band Members
Zac Barnes - Drums, Reggie Love - Trumpet, Kirston Marvel - Piano, Zimm Zimmerman - Sax, Jazzy Boy Jeff - Percussion/Vocals - Jon Barnes - Red Flugel Horn/Keys/
Artist Name
Jon Barnes
Profile Page
Active Since
Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Pop

Contact Info

Burbank, CA
Kirston Marvel O.B.O KMBManagement

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  • Miles Davis
  • George Benson
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