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“The Jones Factor” 10 Pc BIG Band Back By Popular Demand 7pm Thur Oct 14 $15pp
October 14 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM$15
Trombonist, bandleader John Fumasoli returns to LaZingara bringing his 10 piece band The Jones Factor
Safe Social Distancing Seating With Very Limited Ticket Availability. Tickets Are Sold As Single Seats With Communal Seating And By The Table. Tables seating 2 – 4 guests, with tables for 6 -8 available upon request. See The Attached Seating Chart. Indoor Tables With Open French Doors Facing The Performance And Outdoor Tables Are Available. Rain dates will be announced for a Thursday or Sunday. Admission Is Still Only $15.00 Per Person with single ticket open seating options available or as Tables Of Two = $30., Four = $60., Six = $90., and Eight = $120
The Jones Factor, is a 10 piece little big band. It was formed in 1986 by trombonist and bandleader John Fumasoli. Looking for something smaller than a big band, and larger than his trombone septet, which featured Eddie Bert and a teenager named Joey Calderazzo, Fumasoli decided to embark on a project that can best be described as “front burner/back burner” with the instrumentation of a pared-down big band, and the addition of French horn. Early on the group had a steady Wednesday night gig in Stamford Ct. for nearly two years at a place called Pauline’s, on Atlantic St. and the venue was a great room for musicians and writers including Lonnie Smith and Melvin Sparks. The Jones Factor (at the time called the Jazz Collective) welcomed numerous writers and musicians and was a collective for musicians in the area for performing, writing, and networking. Towards the end of the stint at Pauline’s, trumpeter Tony Kadleck brought his original chart to the band “The Jones Factor” hence the name change. Over the years the book has grown to over a hundred charts covering many different styles including Bop, Hard Bop, Latin, Blues, Funk, and Hip Hop. The unique instrumentation allows for a great variety of textures, colors, and sounds and the diversity of its players makes for exciting performances. The Jones Factor has put out two CD’s “Collective Jazz” and “Blast From the Past” and is completing its third recording “The Time is Now”.
The Jones Factor, a dynamic performing ensemble that it is, draws its players from diverse musical backgrounds who are equally at home playing just about anything as their credits show. Those credits include; The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Vasquez, Rufus Reid, Grady Tate, Cornell Dupree, Claudio Roditi, Will Lee, Randy Brecker, Kenwood Dennard, Donald Harrison, Nancy Wilson, B. B. King, Dianne Reeves, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Bill Evans, Jean Luc-Ponty, Kenny Garrett, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet, N.J. Symphony, Steely Dan, Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Dianna Ross, and the Average White Band to name a few!
John Fumasoli, Trombone
Trombonist, bandleader, and teacher, John Fumasoli has performed with such artists as; Gerry Mulligan, Tony Bennett, Cab Calloway, John Tropea, The Rippingtons, The Gil Evans Band, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others. In addition, Mr. Fumasoli has recorded with; The Average White Band, Bobby Baldwin, Robbie Dupree, Jeff Golub, Marion Meadows, Jose’ Feliciano, Shelby Lynn, Brian Torff’s New Duke, and as a leader with his own group, The Jones Factor. He has over 35 Karaoke albums for Pocket Records to his credit and has done T.V. and radio jingles including; Montel Williams, Westinghouse, Nabisco Air Thins, Comedy Night America, and Connecticut National Bank. Mr. Fumasoli’s teaching experience includes over thirty years in The Fairfield Public Schools as a band director, and in addition, he has been on the faculty of Fairfield University for the past twenty-five years where he teaches jazz history.
Rhythm Section Line Up
Rob Aries – Pianist
Rob Aries toured and recorded with artists such as guitarist John Scofield, the “world jazz” group Special EFX, R&B band Change, saxophonist Bill Evans, Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, and singers Liza Minnelli, Melba Moore, and Freddie Jackson. He also produced and co-wrote several songs on saxophonist Donald Harrison’s CTI release “The Power of Cool”, and played and composed for the late saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus’s CD “Known Fact” on Palmetto Records. Rob currently tours with the Average White Band.
Dave Anderson has toured with Bill Evans, Special EFX, Art Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Regina Carter, Joe Beck, and numerous others. He’s appeared on over seventy-five commercial recordings as a session musician. Dave operates Flying Squirrel recording studio and is currently underway engineering and co-producing new material with The Jones Factor for the band’s upcoming release “The Time is Now”.
Joel Rosenblatt -drums
Joel Rosenblatt is best known as the drummer for Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful pop-jazz groups ever. Joel’s varied early work including Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, bluesman Matt “Guitar” Murphy, jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera, and country-rock band Pure Prairie League, has given him a wide range of experience as well as making him one of the most diverse drummers around. Having toured the world many times over, Joel brings international musical awareness to the music. Currently, the owner and main engineer at world-class CliffSound Productions, Joel is also actively involved in producing and cultivating new artists.
John Fumasoli – leader, trombone
Jason Polise – alto sax, flute
Bill Harris – tenor sax, flute
Janet Lantz – french horn
Tony Kadleck – trumpet, flugel horn
Scott Wendholt – trumpet, flugel horn
Don Hayward – bass trombone