The Jones Factor



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 three CD’s “Collective Jazz” and “Blast From the Past” and the bands third recording “The Time is Now” to be released 7/13/22.


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!

The Lineup:

Jason Polise-Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxes, Flute, Bill Harris-Tenor Sax, Flute

Janet Lantz- French Horn

Kenny Harbus, Ben Kibbey-Trumpet, Flugelhorn

John Fumasoli-Trombone/leader

Rob Aries-Piano

Dave Anderson-Bass

Tyger MacNeal-Drums

Contact info: John Fumasoli, 914-772-0885 cell,

 A partial list of players that have performed with the Jones Factor include:

SAXOPHONE: Ken Gioffre, Tim Reis, Fred Vigdor, Mike Rubino, Jason Polise, Jay Brandford, Cliff Lyons, Jody Espina, Chuck Fisher, Ed Palermo, Ole Matheson, Bill Harris, Mike Leventhal, Ed Xiques, Charlie Lagond, Jason Polise and Dave Rickenburg.

TRUMPET: Tony Kadleck, Scott Wenholdt, Russ Johnson, Brian Pereschi, Dave Rogers, Joe Magnarelli, John Trombetta, Kenny Harbus, John Bailey, Craig Johnson, Josh Reed, Jim Hynes, Ron Buttacovoli, Alex Norris, Ben Kibbey, Max Darche, Louise Berringer and Don Harris.

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, Brian Bonvisutto, Art Triggs, Ray Fitzgerald, Jim Marburry and Kenny Rupp.

 PIANO: Rob Aries, Jim West, Pete Levin, Joey Calderazzo, Morris Pleasure, Kelly Connors, Bill Pernice, Paul Mariconda and Thomas Coppola.

Guitar: Chieli Minucci, John Tropea, Vic Juris, and Chris Morrison.

 BASS: Dave Anderson, Chip Jackson, Cameron Brown, Brian Torff, James Cammack, Sean Smith, Kip Sophos. Andy Eulah, Dave Livolsi, Harvey S, David Meer, Marshall Toppo, Jedd Chlebowski, and Morris Pleasure.

DRUMS: Thierry Arpino, Ray Marchica, Joel Rosenblatt, Greg Burrows, Terry Silverlight, Warren Odze, Todd Strait, Barbara Merjan, Don Mulvaney, Pete Abbott, John Cutrone, Greg Burrows and Tyger McNeil.