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Biography: John Fumasoli and the Jones Factor
John Fumasoli has had a distinguished career as a performer and music educator. With over 35 years in the “biz” he has experienced great joy recording with Jeff Golub, the Average White Band, Marion Meadows, Bobby Baldwin, Robby Dupree, Shelby Lynne, Jose’ Feliciano, Roger Ball, Brian Torff’s Thunderstick, his own group “The Jones Factor” and over 50 recordings for “Pocket Records”. In addition, John has performed in concert with Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Diana Ross, the Rippingtons, the Gil Evans Band, BB King, Cab Calloway, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Mathis, to name a few. At present he is on the faculty of Fairfield University and Fairfield Public Schools, and has previously taught at Housatonic Community College, The University of Bridgeport, and in the Westport Public Schools. John has numerous compositions and arrangements published by D.I.D. publishing and writes regularly for the Jones Factor. Recently Mr. Fumasoli has been involved with the “New Duke” project, a group formed to play Duke Ellington music with a modern twist. The band has an album out, numerous videos and has won 3 National Endowment of the Arts grants. In addition, Fumasoli leads the Jones Factor, his 10 piece jazz ensemble presently at work on the group’s third album. The Jones Factor, 10 piece little big band,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 Paulines, 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 gathering material for it’s third recording. The Jones Factor, dynamic performing ensemble that it is, draws it’s 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!  A partial list of players that have performed with the Jones Factor include: SAXOPHONE: Ken Gioffre, Tim Reis, Fred Vigdor, Mike Rubino, Jay Brandford, Cliff Lyons, Jody Espina, Chuck Fisher, Ed Palermo, Ole Matheson, Bill Harris, Mike Leventhal, Ed Xiques and Dave Rickenburg. TRUMPET: Tony Kadleck, Scott Wendholt, Russ Johnson, Brian Pereschi, Dave Rogers, Joe Magnarelli, John Trombetta, John Bailey, Craig Johnson, Josh Reed, Ben Kibbey, Jeff Wilfore, Larry Nissman, Jim Hynes, Ron Buttacovoli, Alex Norris. Bill Warfield,  Don Harris, Tim Wendt, and Louise Barranger. FRENCH HORN: Chris Komer, Jackie Adams, Greg Smith, Tom Varner, Peter Reit, Will DeVoss, David Peel, Janet Lantz, Reed Corbo, Rachel Drehman, Shelagh Abate, Sara Dellaposta, David Jones, and R.J. Kelly. TROMBONE: John Fumasoli, Rando Andos, Don Hayward, Tim Newman, Sam Burtis, Jack Schatz, Dan Levine, Chris Olness, Max Siegal, Matt Haviland, Art Triggs, Ray Fitzgerald, and Kenny Rupp. PIANO: Rob Aries, Jim West, Pete Levin, Joey Calderazzo, Morris Pleasure, Kelly Connors, Bill Pernice, Paul Mariconda and Thomas Coppola. BASS: Dave Anderson, Chip Jackson, Cameron Brown, Brian Torff, James Cammack, Sean Smith, Kip Sohos. Andy Eulah, Dave Livolsi, Harvey S, David Meer and Morris Pleasure. DRUMS: Thierry Arpino, Ray Marchica, Joel Rosenblatt, Terry Silverlight, Warren Odze, Todd Strait, Don Mulvaney, Pete Abbott, John Cutrone and Tyger McNeil
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John Fumasoli has had a distinguished career as a performer and music educator. With over 35 years in the “biz” he has experienced great joy recording with Jeff Golub, the Average White Band, Marion Meadows, Bobby Baldwin, Robby Dupree, Shelby Lynne, Jose’ Feliciano, Roger Ball, Brian Torff’s Thunderstick, his own group “The Jones Factor” and over 50 recordings for “Pocket Records”. In addition, John has performed in concert with Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Diana Ross, the Rippingtons, the Gil Evans Band, BB King, Cab Calloway, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Mathis, to name a few. At present he is on the faculty of Fairfield University and Fairfield Public Schools, and has previously taught at Housatonic Community College, The University of Bridgeport, and in the Westport Public Schools. John has numerous compositions and arrangements published by D.I.D. publishing and writes regularly for the Jones Factor. Recently Mr. Fumasoli has been involved with the “New Duke” project, a group formed to play Duke Ellington music with a modern twist. The band has an album out, numerous videos and has won 3 National Endowment of the Arts grants. In addition, Fumasoli leads the Jones Factor, his 10 piece jazz ensemble presently at work on the group’s third album. The Jones Factor, 10 piece little big band,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 Paulines, 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 gathering material for it’s third recording. The Jones Factor, dynamic performing ensemble that it is, draws it’s 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!  A partial list of players that have performed with the Jones Factor include: SAXOPHONE: Ken Gioffre, Tim Reis, Fred Vigdor, Mike Rubino, Jay Brandford, Cliff Lyons, Jody Espina, Chuck Fisher, Ed Palermo, Ole Matheson, Bill Harris, Mike Leventhal, Ed Xiques and Dave Rickenburg. TRUMPET: Tony Kadleck, Scott Wendholt, Russ Johnson, Brian Pereschi, Dave Rogers, Joe Magnarelli, John Trombetta, John Bailey, Craig Johnson, Josh Reed, Ben Kibbey, Jeff Wilfore, Larry Nissman, Jim Hynes, Ron Buttacovoli, Alex Norris. Bill Warfield,  Don Harris, Tim Wendt, and Louise Barranger. FRENCH HORN: Chris Komer, Jackie Adams, Greg Smith, Tom Varner, Peter Reit, Will DeVoss, David Peel, Janet Lantz, Reed Corbo, Rachel Drehman, Shelagh Abate, Sara Dellaposta, David Jones, and R.J. Kelly. TROMBONE: John Fumasoli, Rando Andos, Don Hayward, Tim Newman, Sam Burtis, Jack Schatz, Dan Levine, Chris Olness, Max Siegal, Matt Haviland, Art Triggs, Ray Fitzgerald, and Kenny Rupp. PIANO: Rob Aries, Jim West, Pete Levin, Joey Calderazzo, Morris Pleasure, Kelly Connors, Bill Pernice, Paul Mariconda and Thomas Coppola. BASS: Dave Anderson, Chip Jackson, Cameron Brown, Brian Torff, James Cammack, Sean Smith, Kip Sohos. Andy Eulah, Dave Livolsi, Harvey S, David Meer and Morris Pleasure. DRUMS: Thierry Arpino, Ray Marchica, Joel Rosenblatt, Terry Silverlight, Warren Odze, Todd Strait, Don Mulvaney, Pete Abbott, John Cutrone and Tyger McNeil