JET PILOT JERRY came about in 2011. Guitarist/Vocalist Rodney Smith and Bassist Adam Vogt had previously played together in a classic rock cover band in Venice, California for a while, but that project fell short. From the ashes, Rodney and Adam decided to put together a rock band and write and perform original music. Over several months they wrote over ten songs and decided to recruit a drummer. Through months of searching they came across LA native Jeff Kazanjian, who had playing experience with some bands in the Glendale area. At their first meeting and playing together it was obvious that Jeff was their guy. The band originally was going to remain a three piece, but Rodney’s friend Kevin West had just relocated to Los Angeles from Charleston, SC. West, an accomplished musician in his own right with 3 solo albums, on a whim sat in with the band and that day the sound of Jet Pilot Jerry was formed.
Through the years JPJ has thrived on the LA scene. After shaking up the lineup, JPJ finally acquired a true lead singer in the youthful Bri Sarikcouglu. Her soaring vocals have given taken JPJ to the next level as a powerhouse. With new bassist Zach Pyke & drummer Dustin Prince, this band is going to fly higher than ever.
The stars aligned and from that day forward JPJ has been slowly establishing itself as a fiery rock band playing all over LA! A tight, guitar-driven throwback rock and roll band with influences in classic, alternative, and modern rock, Jet Pilot Jerry dares you to fly high with us!