Work History

Work History

Saxophonist/Singer

The Swingin' Pedestrians

Saxophonist/singer with one of Las Vegas' top rock & roll/ swing bands. The Swingin' Pedestrians have performed all over Las Vegas. Corporate clients include BMW, Acura, and the Las Vegas Fremont St. Experience.

Saxophones/Vocals

Dr. Manhattan Trio

Dr. Manhattan: Chilled out sounds for your hi-fi lounge. 

The Dr. Manhattan Trio reinvents your favorite tunes as cocktail lounge classics for the modern set. This mod trio of saxophone, Fender Rhodes and bass guitar (plus a vintage rhythm machine straight out of Hugh Hefner's pad) shakes and stirs the hits of artists like the Beatles, NIrvana, Gnarls Barkley, U2, Lady GaGa Radiohead (and lots more) and serves 'em up chilled and ready to enjoy. 

Saxophone/Bass

Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band

For the past several years Jon has been called on to play saxophone and bass guitar for founding Beach Boy Al Jardine's Endless Summer Band (occasionally both on the same show). Notable performances include the 2006 Indy 500 and a 2011 tour of Japan. 

The Ultimate Yacht Rock Experience

The Guilty Pleasures

Voted Las Vegas's Best Cover Band for 2012 by the Las Vegas Weekly! Armed with a spot-on vocal impression of  singer/songwriter Michael McDonald, Jon holds court nightly with The Guilty Pleasures as the Las Vegas version of the legendary vocalist:  Michael "Mac" Donald: the scotch drinking, saxophone playing. philosophizing "sultan of smooth." 

The band sets sail with Captain Anton Neil (lead vocals and drums) at the helm of the ultimate Yacht Rock experience. Enjoying the Summer Breeze with him are deck mates Chevy Chevelle (lead vocals and guitar), Rico Riviera (lead vocals and bass guitar), Ronnie Dallas (Keyboards and backing vocals) and very special guest Mr. Michael "Mac" Donald on vocals, saxophones and lead smoothness. 

Sep 2009 - Present

Music Director/Bandleader

The Frank Caliendo Show

Bandleader, bassist, saxophonist and lead vocalist with comedian/impressionist Frank Caliendo at the Monte Carlo Hotel and the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Known by millions for his dead-on impressions of such celebrities as Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, John Madden, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno and dozens more, as well as myriad of television appearances and live stage performances, Caliendo’s new show is a dynamic mix of high-energy comedy and fast-paced impressions enhanced by live music, video sketches and much more.

May 2005 - Present

Bass Player/Vocals/Saxophone/Co-creator and Writer

Good Vibrations: The Definitive Tribute to the Beach Boys

Formed while touring with founding Beach Boy, Al Jardine, Good Vibrations brings the history of The Beach Boys to life in a multimedia extravaganza utilizing live musical performance, video, dancers and costumes in a complete career retrospective. Good Vibrations has performed at venues and corporate functions all over the world and proudly continues their professional association with various founding and long-time touring members of the Beach Boys organization.

Mar 2007 - Present

Saxophones/EWI/Bass/Composer

Universal Soul Orchestra

Aboriginal Funk from the 11th dimension...

Inspired by artists like Massive Attack, Greyboy All-Stars, Portishead, John Coltrane and Miles Davis the Universal Soul Orchestra was born. Based in Las Vegas, USO takes music from across the world and pours it into a blender to create its unique sound: an other-worldly mix of  down-tempo dub, soul, funk, rock, reggae, electronic, aboriginal and jazz. 

USO also reimagines the music of classic and contemporary artists such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Bob Marley, Miles Davis and Pink Floyd. Using the original classic recordings as a jumping off point, USO remixes the hits live and adds their own signature sound, giving the audience a brand new experience of their favorite songs. It's the music you've always loved, taken to a whole other dimension. 

Jul 2002 - Jun 2007

Vocals/Bass/Saxophone/Songwriter

Tripsitter

Trispitter was formed in 2002 by brothers Jon and Jeff Celentano. They began writing their own music as a way to break out of the lounge lizard and cover band world of their newly adopted home of Las Vegas. Both had spent time on the cocktail/private party circuit and realized there was more to be had from a career in music than just playing for tourists and gambling addicts at 2am on a Wednesday. Thus Tripsitter was born.

Tripsitter’s debut performance was at the legendary Knitting Factory in Hollywood, Ca. for the International Pop Overthrow Festival. Says I.P.O. founder David Bash: “Tripsitter’s songs and harmonies are among the best you’ll hear.” The band released their self-titled debut EP in 2003 and quickly garnered critical praise. Comparisons to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Queen and Ben Folds Five were common among fans and critics. The disc’s signature sound was full-on Beach Boys style harmony wedded to sparkly Brit-Pop guitars and driving piano. The Las Vegas Weekly said of “Tripsitter”, 'If Tripsitter isn't to become a Big Thing, it's only because popular music today is too damn small.'

Pics

Bio

Jon's most recent high-ish profile gig was as the bandleader for the Frank Caliendo Show at the Monte Carlo Hotel. Jon wore many hats; bandleader, saxophonist, bassist, composer, singer of songs, confidant. The show enjoyed a successful 18 month run. He is also the co-founder/saxophonist of the electro-coustic world music group Universal Soul Orchestra and the mod-jazz trio Dr. Manhattan. 

Jon studied theater and music at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, Ca. and Jazz Performance at Santa Barbara City College. He toured California with different show bands, performing on beachfront stages all along the coast before finally landing back in Santa Barbara. While there, Jon held down a two year residency on the sidewalk in front  of the renowned Palace Grill, playing and singing jazz and blues standards. After a successful first year, he made it in to the foyer. Eventually Jon was allowed to enter the establishment, as long as he used the back door and didn't make eye contact with the customers.  In 2000 Jon and his brother Jeff co-founded the power pop freight train of a band Tripsitter, with Jon playing bass, writing, arranging and singing. Tripsitter's two cd's of sun-drenched pop were released to critical praise and made several top ten lists. Tracks from their disc "California Son" are playing now (yes, right now) on radio stations across the world. The success of Tripsitter lead to performing with founding Beach Boy (and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer) Al Jardine in the Endless Summer Band.  

Currently Jon can be found singing really high and playing bass and saxophone in Good Vibrations: The Ultimate Tribute to the the Beach Boys and performing as Michael "Mack" Donald (saxophone, vocals, bass) in the yacht rock juggernaut The Guilty Pleasures. 

Clients, Events & Recordings

Clients

Intel

BMW

Acura

SMG Corporation

Mitchell Technical Institute

The Home Depot 30th Anniversary Conference: Composer/Music Director/Bandleader

Symantec Vision Conference: Composer/Music Director/Bandleader

2006 Indianapolis 500: Featured performer w/Al Jardine of the Beach Boys

Las Vegas Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Gala: Featured performer

Hartmann Studios: Music Director/Bandleader

World Market Center Vendor Conference: Support act for Rod Stewart

2010 Rugby Sevens World Championship & Fan Festival: Featured performer

DXL Clothing: Featured performer

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve: Featured performer

Las Vegas First Friday Foundation: Featured performer

Las Vegas Samuel Beckett Festival: Composer/performer

Legends in Concert (Myrte Beach, SC): Featured Performer

The Venetian Resort (Las Vegas, NV): Featured Performer

Production Shows

2013 American Country Awards: Trace Adkins Band

2010 NASCAR Awards: Featured Performer w/Frank Caliendo

The Frank Caliendo Show: Music Director/Bandleader/Bass/Vocals. Las Vegas, NV.

Lysistrata: Bass guitar. Insurgo Theater Movement, Las Vegas, NV.

Act Without Words I & II:  Composer/Saxophones. Las Vegas Samuel Beckett Festival

Recordings:

Encomium in Memoriam:  A Tribute to Jan Berry (Cinecam Music Productions 2008) 

When He Was Fab #2:  A Tribute to George Harrison (Jealousy Records 2005)

"California Son"  Tripsitter (Not Lame Recordings 2004)

Staring at the Sun: A Tribute to U2 (2004)

"Tripsitter"  Tripsitter (2003)

"Moni"   Monique Kovacic (1996)