Seth MacFarlane gets a kick out of singing for his supper.
The toon titan behind Fox’s “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” periodically steps out of the writers room to perform jazz and pop standards with the Influence Jazz Orchestra, a 24-piece band put together by Ron Jones, a veteran film and TV composer.
MacFarlane spent plenty of time onstage as a kid doing Gilbert & Sullivan et al in musical theater clubs. When Jones asked MacFarlane if he’d like to swing a few Sinatra tunes with the band, he jumped at the chance.
“It’s a thrill for me to perform with guys who are phenomenal jazz musicians,” MacFarlane said. “You have a few drinks, you sing some songs with some great players. There’s nothing there not to like.”
MacFarlane said he has always gravitated to jazz and big-band fare — “I’m the last guy you’d want to hear sing a rock song,” he said.
MacFarlane and Jones will bring their act to the Avalon Hollywood on Tuesday as part of a benefit concert for the LAPD Memorial Foundation and LAFD Fallen Firefighters org.
“I’ve got a few friends who are cops, so hopefully I’ll get to toss a few back with them and not get written up,” MacFarlane quipped.