The head of Cexton Records, John Anello is also a talented guitarist based in Orange County, California. The son of altoist and educator John Anello Sr., he graduated with a music degree from Cal State-Fullerton. Anello started his label in 1983 after he had no success interesting larger companies in his accessible jazz-oriented music. Through pure persistence (his nickname is "Relentless"), his debut, For a Dancer (which included his father in his group), made the jazz charts, and its success allowed him to launch his label and start recording other artists. Since that time, Anello has continued in the record business, recorded several other albums of his own, and documented the music of musicians and singers who interest him. He has also written soundtracks for films and television.