John Avila

John Avila

Bass Performance & General Music

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Grammy nominated producer, composer/arranger, recording and touring bassist and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, engineer/mixer, studio owner, educator with over 40 years in the music industry.

As a bassist/producer John Avila has recorded, produced, or performed with: Oingo Boingo, Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Willie Nelson, Jackson Brown, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Reel Big Fish, Bear McCreary, Bob Weir (Greatful Dead), Madness, The Specials, Save Ferris, Ozomatli, Walter Trout, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Quetzal, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Mariachi El Bronx and many more…..

As a composer credits include:

  • Composer, Musical Director, Cast Member of the Ovation award winning play ‘Chavez Ravine’ at The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Music Center
  • Composer, Musical Director, ‘Pancho Gonzalez, Latin Legend of Tennis’, Spike T.V. documentary
  • Composer, ‘Forgotten Eagles’, feature film documentary
  • Composer, Musical Director, ‘Chavez Ravine’ at Kirk Douglas Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center (winner: Best Production: Ovation Awards)
  • Curator, ‘Make Music Pasadena
  • Composer, original song ‘Latin Funk’ featured on ‘ABC News Nightline’, ‘ABC World News’, ‘All My Children’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Help Me Help You’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel’, ‘Men In Trees’, ‘One Life To Live’, ‘The View’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘6 Degrees’
  • Composer, original song ‘Can’t Catch Me’ featured in ‘Ocean Of Pearls’, feature film
  • Composer, original song ‘Everything Dies’ featured in national ‘Taco Bell’ T.V. commercial

As an Educator:

  • 2003-2008 Citrus College: Teacher, Artist In Residence
  • 2005-2007 Grammy Camp instructor
  • 2006-2007 Advisory Board Member, Curriculum Development Audio Technology Coarse, Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program
  • 2006 Henry Mancini Institute, (guest speaker, instructor)
  • 2006-2008 Advisory Board Member, Education Through Music-Los Angeles
  • 2009-2021 Faculty: Los Angeles College of Music