2014 PBS SoCal. Gala

May 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on 2014 PBS SoCal. Gala § permalink

J.T. & Friends provided the music for an evening of dancing at  the PBS Gala in Orange County last weekend.

Peter Asher was the honored guest, and special performer. He brought priceless stories and photographs, and played his hits, some produced by John Burgess, from his days with Peter and Gordon, and from his time at Apple Records.

Peter Asher with J.T. & Friends at the 2014 PBS So Cal Gala

“Putting on the Ritz” raised over one million dollars for public television programming in Southern California.

I was the guest of leader, and drummer, John Tu, who provided his orchestra for the gala, and much much more!

John Tu and Richard Martinez during soundcheck at the 2014 PBS So Cal Gala.

John Jones and John Tu at the PBS So Cal Gala 2014

My Grammy Week started at the Village Studios…

January 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on My Grammy Week started at the Village Studios… § permalink

The 7th Annual Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy celebration at the Village Studios honoring Neil Young was a special night.

Neil Young on stage in the ballroom at the Village Studios

I shot this short clip of the introductory part of Neil’s speech to show the atmosphere in the ballroom. It was fantastic!

And then Dave Mathews came out and played a couple of Neil’s songs.

And here is one of the traditional photos many of us take at these events.

John Jones, Frank Oglethorpe, Neil Dorfsman, Elliot Scheiner, Steve Churchyard at the Village Studios


Two Years since the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan

March 11th, 2013 § Comments Off on Two Years since the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan § permalink

March 11 is the 2nd anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake tragedy in Japan, “the fourth largest earthquake in history”.

Proceeds from Nick Wood’s song Hope, that we recorded with Julian Lennon and Tetsuya Komuro for the first anniversary in 2012, go to the Beyond Tomorrow organisation who are dedicated to helping the orphaned children of the disaster.

Click here to go to Nick’s blog, where you will find links to the videos and to sites where you can purchase the song around the world.


Stories From an Undeclared War (documentary)

April 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Sunday night, at the Newport Film Festival, we saw a new documentary about the Freedom Writers Diary, “a collection of journal entries written by 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were once considered ‘unteachable’. Encouraged by teacher, Erin Gruwall, and inspired by Anne Frank, the students discovered a new way of expression and began to care more about history, humanity, and perhaps, most importantly, their futures.”

This incredible story was helped to reality by our Music is Hope Foundation president John Tu.

JJ, composers Daniel Rojas & Andrew Raiher, executive producer John Tu, Erin Gruwall & MIHF's Richard Martinez


Hope the Video

March 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

HOPE(HD/字幕) – Nick Wood feat. Julian Lennon, Tetsuya Komuro, and BEYOND Tomorrow Students from SynTokyo on Vimeo.

Along with John Jones, Michael Thompson and Randy Cooke.

Buy the Hope single:

iTunes CanadaiTunes JapaniTunes USAiTunes UK

This inspiring song is dedicated to the ongoing recovery of last year’s Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

All proceeds from the sale of the song and video will be donated to Beyond Tomorrow –  www.beyond-tomorrow.org.

Nick Wood – Hope – British Chamber of Commerce

March 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Nick Wood spoke to Guy Perryman at the British Chamber of Commerce Japan’s Road to Recovery event today in Tokyo. After a quick talk with British Ambassador Sir David Warren, Guy talked to Nick about the song Hope and how it came to be.


Look down the page for the audio interview

Hope on iTunes

March 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Nick Woods Hope, featuring Julian Lennon, Tetsuya KomuroTodd HayenBeyond Tomorrow Students and the Boston Boys And Girls Club, and John Jones, is now available for purchase at

iTunes Japan

iTunes USA

iTunes UK

This inspiring song is dedicated to the ongoing recovery of last year’s Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

All proceeds from the sale of the song and video will be donated to Beyond Tomorrow –  www.beyond-tomorrow.org.

Hope – Song for Tohoku Earthquake Relief

February 29th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

The song to benefit the Tohoku Earthquake Fund by Nick Wood and Julian Lennon that I have been working on is now finished.

Mixing across the Pacific using VG and Skype with JJ and Nick.

Nick has been traveling the world the past few weeks with stops in New York to shoot video with Julian and here in Los Angeles to work on the track with me, Randy Cooke and Michael Thompson. See here – HOPE

Go to Nick’s Blog and see more photos and links to the recordings.

If you can read Japanese, here is an article about the children’s choir from Beyond Tomorrow – Yomiura News article

SCGA Foundation Presidents Award

November 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

In my other life…

At the 112th SCGA Annual Meeting last Tuesday, Rancho Park GC was honored with the first-ever SCGA Foundation President’s Award for its outstanding dedication and commitment supporting junior golf.
John Jones of Rancho Park accepted the award from SCGA Foundation President Ed Holmes, pictured above.

2011 Marathon Thanks

May 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Thank You to all who pledged on my behalf for the 2011 SCGA Foundation Golf Marathon. The event, held on May 21 at the Arcadia 18 hole par three course, raised $38,000.

Jeff, Mark and John, starting the 100 hole Marathon for the SCGA Foundation

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