Jono Manson: Sunset in the Garden Concert Series
Thursday August 1, 2019 at the
Santa Fe Botanical Garden
715 Camino Lejo
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
“A beloved and iconic member of the local music community.”
Santa Fe Reporter
“The gravelly-voiced Manson attacks the high art of low-rent songcraft with a paid assassin’s precision.” No Depression Magazine
“Manson’s knack of delivering simple pop pleasures via a troubadour’s insight, is a rare treat in today’s crowded music environment.” Glide Magazine
Jono Manson is a veteran performer, songwriter and producer with a long track record that includes major-label album releases on three continents, major motion picture soundtracks and music for network television shows.
He is currently recording a new album which is set for a fall 2019 release.
“We weren’t accomplished enough to copy the songs that we heard on the radio, so we had no choice but to make up our own”, says Manson of his first band which he formed in 1968, at the age of seven.
So began the career of this prolific singer/songwriter. Jono was born in New York City, into a family full of creative people, so it’s not surprising that he cannot remember a time when he wanted to be anything other than an artist.
His mother was a principle member in the Martha Graham dance company, his great uncle was a vaudevillian who later wrote for radio and film, and Jono’s cousins are filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.
During a career spanning four decades, Manson has performed pretty much everywhere—from Max’s Kansas City to Madison Square Garden, from house concerts to festival stages—with pretty much everyone, from Bo Diddley to Pete Seeger. He continues to tour as a solo artist and as a member of a number of side-projects.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 1992, Manson has been closely connected to the local music community as an instructor in the College of Santa Fe’s Contemporary Music Program, as the host of a weekly radio show devoted to local music, as a bandleader, producer and performer, and as an advocate for initiatives aimed at supporting the arts and social programs in New Mexico.
Jono is the founder and chief engineer at The Kitchen Sink recording studio and has four times been named “Producer of the Year” by the New Mexico Music Awards. When not working on his own music, Manson remains extremely busy recording, writing, and producing projects for Grammy winners and local heroes, American Idol finalists and Folksingers, Italian pop stars and Pakistani Sufi folk-rockers, not to mention numerous American singer-songwriters including John Popper, David Berkeley, Crystal Bowersox Jaime Michaels and Tao Seeger.
Manson’s studio also plays host to a wide variety of artists, recently including the likes of Amanda Palmer, Tom Russell, and T Bone Burnett.