HORNS MAKE HITS!
Hey there! My name is Jovan and I am a 3x Grammy credited saxophonist, woodwind specialist and horn arranger based in Nashville, TN. I am available to blow sax/flute solos, create sax section stacks for big band recordings, layer ethereal woodwind textures, or create flute choir parts for your project! I am also able to write full fledged 3-6 piece horn arrangements and have a home studio large enough to track it all.
I would love to add depth, color, texture, beauty, and power to your project!
- Soprano Saxophone
- Alto Saxophone
- Tenor Saxophone
- Baritone Saxophone
- Alto Flute
- Bass Clarinet
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
3 ReviewsEndorse Jovan Quallo
Jovan was very professional and efficient; the turnaround was very quick! Love the smooth & ‘sexy’ vibe his saxophone playing added to my song. Will definitely work with him in the future.
Jovan was great! Not only is he a talented player, he was very attentive to all the details we requested along the way. He’s a great communicator as well, which makes working together seamless and fun. I’m already looking forward the next project where we can work with Jovan!
I was surprised with how quick the turnaround was for Jovan and when I listened I was blown away. Incredibly quality groovy stuff! I didn't even have notes, he nailed the first iteration
Interview with Jovan Quallo
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That horn arranging is quick, easy, and that anyone can do it (well). A thoughtful arranger takes time to consider the lyrics of the song and how what they write can reflect them. They will also understand the effectiveness of space and pacing in an arrangement. Amateur arrangers will overwrite, write outside of the idiom, and ultimately DISTRACT the listener from the song. Our job is to enhance and support, not show off.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What is your vision for the horns/solo/arrangement of this song? - Can you share some backstory on the song/lyrics of the song? - Are you married to any particular sound (instrument choice)? - When were you hoping to have this by?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Living in Nashville a lot of pop/country comes across my desk but I love working on music in all genres! Most recently I've done some vibey Folk/Americana and Indian Pop tracks.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just wrapped up a project for a client in Mumbai, India. 2 songs, one for the upcoming movie "Shehzada" and another is for an Indian pop artist. I was the horn arranger (6 piece horn section) and contractor for that project. Turned out beautifully!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sabrina Seidman AKA "Seids"! If you're in need of a stellar producer/vocalist, give her a shout!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love elevating and enhancing other people's songs! It's such a joy to be to add color, depth, and texture to really great songs and I also love opening my client's (and their listeners!) ears to the possibilities that horns and woodwinds can add to literally ANY song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Saxophone soloist, horn arranger, and always serving the music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Color, depth, texture, intrigue, sauce, power.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run an Apollo X4 on a mac mini with dual monitors. My mic locker includes a WA-251 tube mic, the Slate ML-1 condenser mic, and Mesanovic Model 2 ribbon microphone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jerry Hey (horn arranger based in LA) is kind of the archetype for what I do as a horn arranger. His work can be heard on Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Al Jerreau, and others. Tom Walsh (trumpet player/horn arranger based in London) is the modern day version of this and I'm very inspired by what he does!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lately, I've been doing a lot of full horn section arrangements and recordings (3 - 6 piece horn sections) and woodwind ensemble arrangements where I play every instrument. Genres are always super varied from indie pop-rock to funk/R&B and neo-soul.