John van TongerenJohn's career in the entertainment business began as a keyboardist, with one of his earliest projects being the band Q, featuring Jon St. James and Stacey Swain (a.k.a. Stacey Q). Q then became SSQ, which released one album. After leaving SSQ in the early 1980s, John became an in-demand session musician and began composing music for movies. As a musician, he has worked with Chicago, Roger Daltrey, Robbie Nevil, John Parr, Starship, Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Living in a Box, Stryper, and others. He currently works out of The Blue Room, a recording studio in Los Angeles.
John began his film scoring career as one of the original members of Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions). During his time at Media Ventures John worked on films such as Thelma & Louise, True Romance and Drop Zone with Hans Zimmer. He also collaborated with Mark Mancina on Speed, Moll Flanders, Fair Game, Assassins and Twister.
John then began to compose music for television series, including Poltergeist: The Legacy and the nineties revival of The Outer Limits, which he won awards for. John again collaborated with Mancina on the Speed sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and then worked with Trevor Rabin on the 1998 film Armageddon.
Outside of film and television John was asked to compose three orchestral interludes and contribute production for the late jazz drummer Tony Williams' 1996 album Wilderness.
In the 2000s John continued working on film scores. His songwriting has led to platinum CDs for Rhythm of the Pride Lands – Disney, and The Cheetah Girls. 2010 saw projects including Iron Man 2 and Predators with John Debney and movies for Nickelodeon and Disney.
2014, John is scoring the redux of the classic Tom and Jerry Show for WB, airing on the Cartoon Network. Staying true to the style of the original cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s, the series has John writing in a mix of orchestral and old school big band styles. In 2015 John wrote, sang and performed the theme to DreamWorks Animation's Dawn of the Croods. Trinom3 is John's jazz project.
|Click on the logo to see John's tour dates.|
Details Are Sketchy
recorded in Los Angeles, CA/USA
Bob Sheppard, alto sax, tenor sax
Walt Fowler, trumpet
Mike Clinco, guitar
John Van Tongeren, organ
Kendall Kay, drums
Just A Bit Further
Cellar Live CL121217
recorded summer 2017 in Studio City, CA/USA
John van Tongeren, organ, keyboards
Bob Sheppard, tenor sax
Danny Pelfrey, sax
Walt Fowler, trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Clinco, guitar
Kendall Kay, drums, percussion
For more videos search YouTube
If you don't see the left hand menu,
please go back to the homepage.
Back to the homepage