Leslie Ann Jones


Leslie Ann Jones

Leslie Ann Jones is a multiple Academy and Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and film sound mixer working as Director of Scoring and Music Recording at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm company. She is a past Chair of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees, the organization that awards Grammys. She is the daughter of novelty drummer, percussionist and bandleader Spike Jones.

Early influences

Leslie Ann Jones has had an interest in music since her early childhood in the Los Angeles-area TV and music scene. Through her father she was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. Through her mother, Helen Grayco (who sang with her father's band), she grew to appreciate fine vocalists such as Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. She was given a Sears Silvertone electric guitar and played in a band starting from when she was fourteen. She played Top 40 hits on guitar and sang background vocals with an all-female band; she arranged music for other people's bands and assembled a PA system. By 1974, Jones was mixing live shows for bands and making basement recordings on an early Tascam ½" 4-track tape machine. Jones wanted to be another Peter Asher and produce bands. [ [http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_leslie_ann_jones/ Maureen Droney. "Leslie Ann Jones: DOING IT ALL" Mix magazine online, August 1 1999] ] Her favorite music is big band. [ [http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/TODTWD98/archive/laj.html Women of NASA. "Archive of Chat with Leslie Ann Jones" April 23, 1998] ]

Recording career

Leslie Ann Jones's first engineering job was at ABC Studios working as a production engineer, making copies of recordings. She worked as an assistant engineer for several years, training with Roy Hallee, Reggie Dozier and Barney Perkins until being asked by John Mayall to lead the engineering of his live concert album "Lots Of People" in 1977.

In 1978, Jones moved north to San Francisco, California to work at the Automatt, a recording studio known for cutting edge developments such as automation in mixing, an innovation followed quickly by the purchase of one of the earliest digital audio recording systems. Her job was nominally studio manager but there were many opportunities to record and mix. Jones assisted with the Apocalypse Now soundtrack and recordings by Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana. She trained with engineer Fred Catero and producer David Rubinson. [ [http://www.prosoundweb.com/recording/books/berklee/job.php ProSoundWeb. Keith Hatschek. "GET A JOB!" (An interview with Leslie Ann Jones)] ]

The Automatt closed in 1984 and Jones became a freelance engineer for three years. She engineered sessions for Windham Hill Records as well as for Olivia Records in their last few years of operation.

In 1987, Jones moved back to Los Angeles to work at Capitol Records. That position lasted for ten years, during which time she furthered her reputation by engineering prominent jazz, vocal and classical recordings. She picked up her first Grammy with a Wayne Shorter album in 1996 and another with Dee Dee Bridgewater in 1997.

In 1997, Leslie Ann Jones began working with Skywalker Sound, where she continues to the present as Director of Scoring and Music Recording; she keeps busy recording orchestral scores, mixing film and video elements and recording and producing music albums. She enjoys playing on one of the intramural Skywalker softball teams. [ [http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/TODTWD98/annjones.bio.html Women in NASA. "Leslie Ann Jones bio"] ]

Promoting women

As a woman working in a field long dominated by men, Jones has participated in many 'firsts'. She was the first woman to be hired at ABC Studios in Los Angeles. She was the first female National Officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Jones is on the advisory board of Women's Audio Mission. [ [http://www.womensaudiomission.org/advisory.html Women's Audio Mission advisory board] ] WAM is an all-volunteer, women-run organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the recording arts.

In 2001, Jones was invited to take part in Women in NASA's 6th AnnualVirtual Take Our Daughters To Work Day, sponsored by Ms. Foundation for Women. [ [http://quest.nasa.gov/women/TODTWD01/ Women in NASA: 6th Annual Virtual Take Our Daughters To Work Day (2001)] ]

Jones has produced a number of recordings that feature women musicians, from small regional groups like Montclair Women's Big Band [ [http://www.montclairwomensbigband.com/Players.htm Montclair Women's Big Band: players] ] to major artists associated with feminism, activism or women's music such as Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Margie Adam and Ronnie Gilbert. Jones co-produced one of Jane Fonda's follow-up workout videos in 1984.

Career chronology

*ABC Studios, Los Angeles (1975-1978)
*Automatt Recording Studios, San Francisco (1978-1984)
*freelance engineer (1984-1987)
*Capitol Studios, Hollywood (1987-1997)
*Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (1997-present) [ [http://www.skysound.com/bio/lajones.html Skywalker Sound: Leslie Ann Jones bio] ]

Credits

Music albums

*Margie Adam "Another Place" (1993)
*David Axelrod "Requiem: The Holocaust" (1993)
*David Benoit "Urban Daydreams" (1988)
*Angela Bofill "Something About You", "Too Tough", Arista
*Debby Boone "Reflections of Rosemary" (2005)
*Dee Dee Bridgewater "Dear Ella" (Grammy Award 1997), Verve
*Kim Carnes "Checkin' Out The Ghosts" (1991), Teichiku
*William Edward "Billy" Childs "Take For Example This" (1988), "Twilight Is Upon Us" (1989), Windham Hill Jazz
*Meg Christian "From The Heart" (1985)
*Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra "Absolutely!" (1995), Independent
*Rosemary Clooney "The Last Concert", (Grammy nominated 2002), "Sentimental Journey", (Grammy nominated 2001), "Brazil" (2000), "Mothers and Daughters" (#1 Jazz Record), "The Concord Jazz Heritage Series", "White Christmas" (#1 Jazz record 1996), "Dedicated to Nelson" (Grammy nominated 1996), "Out Of This World" (2002), Concord Jazz
*Con Funk Shun "Con Funk Shun 7" (1981), Mercury
*Miles Davis and Quincy Jones "Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux" (1991)
*Alix Dobkin "Love & Politics: A 30 Year Saga" (1992)
*Kyle Eastwood "From There to Here" (1998), Sony
*Dave Edmunds "Closer to the Flame" (1990), Capitol
*Dave Eshelman "Milagro's Journey" (2001)
*Michael Feinstein "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (1996), "Michael and George" (#1 Jazz Record, 1998), "Big City Rhythms" (1999), "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway" (2000), "Michael Feinstein With The Israel Philharmonic" (Grammy nominated, 2001), "Anthology" (2002)
*Ferron "Shadows On A Dime" (1984)
*Maynard Ferguson "On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings" (2007)
*Tret Fure "Terminal Hold/Edges of the Heart" (1999)
*Charlie Haden "Always Say Goodbye" (Verve, 1994)
*Herbie Hancock "Lite Me Up" (1982), "Mr. Hands", "Monster", "The Herbie Hancock Box" (2002), CBS
*Sam Harris "Different Stages" (1994), "Standard Time" (1994)
*Howard Hewett "It's Time" (1994)
*Miki Howard "Miki Sings Billie" (1993)
*B. B. King & Diane Schuur "Heart to Heart" (2004), GRP
*Kitka "The Vine" (2002), "Diaphonica", "Wintersongs" (2003)
*Kronos Quartet (2003 Grammy Award, "Berg: Lyric Suite" Best Chamber Music Performance) and "Terry Riley:Requiem for Adam" (2001), "Nuevo" (2002), "U.S. Highball" (2003), "Fourth String Quartet' (2003), "Caravan" Nonesuch Records
*Los Angeles Guitar Quartet "Brazil" (2007), Telarc
*Petronel Malan "Bach: The Piano Transcriptions Of Bartók, Lipatti & Friedman" (2004 Grammy nominated: Best Engineered Album, Classical), Hänssler Classic
*The Manhattan Transfer "The Offbeat of Avenues" (1991)
*John Mayall "Lots of People" (1977), "Hard Core Package/The Last Of The British Blues" (2000)
*Maze "We Are One" (1983), "Can't Stop The Love" (1985), Capitol
*Bobby McFerrin "Bobby McFerrin" (1982) Elektra/Musician, "Spontaneous Inventions" (1985), EMI
*Maureen McGovern "The Music Never Ends" (1997) and (2003 reissue)
*Carmen McRae "Carmen Sings Monk", RCA
*Carmen McRae and Betty Carter "The Carmen McRae-Betty Carter Duets" (1987), GAMH/Fantasy
*Meat Puppets "Forbidden Places" (1991)
*Alyssa Milano "Look in My Heart" (1989)
*Marcus Miller "Marcus Miller" (1984), "The Sun Don't Lie" (1993)
*Jessica Molaskey "Pentimento" (2002)
*Najee "Just An Illusion" (1992)
*Andy Narell "Slow Motion" (1985)
*Holly Near "Crushed! The Love Song Collection", "And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection" (2002)
*Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert "Lifeline" (2002)
*Holly Near, Arlo Guthrie, Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger "H.A.R.P - A Time To Sing" (2001)
*Rosie O'Donnell "A Rosie Christmas" (1999)
*Awadagin Pratt and St. Lawrence Quartet "Play Bach" (2002), Angel
*Quartet San Francisco "Latigo" (Grammy nominated, 2006), "Whirled Chamber Music" (2007), ViolinJazz Recordings
*Dianne Reeves (2005 Grammy Award, "Good Night, and Good Luck." Best Jazz Vocal Album)
*Rhiannon "In My Prime" (2005)
*Romanovsky and Phillips "Trouble in Paradise" (1986)
*Lara St. John "Bach: 6 Sonatas and Partitas" (2002), Ancalagon Records
*San Francisco Camerata "Corpus Evita, an Opera in 2 Acts" (Grammy nominated 2005), SFC
*San Francisco Girls Chorus "Voices of Hope and Peace" (2006), SFGC
*Carlos Santana "The Swing of Delight" (1980), CBS
*Gustavo Santaolalla "21 Grams" (2003)
*SF Jazz Collective "2" (2006)
*Michelle Shocked "Children's Album", "Earthbeat", "Short Sharp Shocked" [expanded] (2003)
*Wayne Shorter "High Life" (Grammy award 1996), Verve
*Special Generation "Take It To The Floor" (1990)
*Turtle Island String Quartet "A Love Supreme" (2007), Telarc
*Narada Michael Walden "Confidence", Atlantic
*The Whispers "Love For Love" (1983), Solar
*Cris Williamson "Blue Rider" (1982), "Fringe" (2007)
*BeBe & CeCe Winans "Different Lifestyles" (1991), Capitol
*various artists "Concord Records 30th Anniversary" (2003)
*various artists "" (1991)
*various artists "Sedated in the Eighties, Vol. 4" (1995)
*various artists "'S Wonderful: Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin" (1979)
*various artists "Climb Against the Odds" (1999)
*various artists "Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger (Vol. 1)" (1998)
*various artists "The Gift" (1999), Maranatha
*various artists "Hillbilly Music: Thank God!, Vol. 1" (1989)
*various artists "Concord Records SACD Sampler, Vol. 1" (2003)
*various artists "The Butterfly Tree" (2003), Summit
*various artists "Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Dead Man Walking" (Original Soundtrack, 1996) [ [http://music.msn.com/artist/?artist=16143916&menu=credits&sb=1&startingItem=1 Leslie Ann Jones: credits. MSN Music] ]

Film sound

*"Mad Dog Time" (1996)
*"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
*"This World, Then the Fireworks" (1997)
*"Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
*"Let Go" (2003)
*"The Company" (2003)
*"Zodiac" (2007)
*"Indiana Jones 4" (2008)
*""
*"Happy Feet" (2006)
*"Hercules"
*"James and the Giant Peach"
*"Toy Story"
*"Forrest Gump"
*"Mrs. Doubtfire"
*"" (1999 nomination for an Academy Award for Best Sound)
*"The House of Yes" (1997)

TV shows

*"Three Women and a Chateau", PBS
*"Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters", HBO
*"Soldiers of Conscience", PBS
*"The Grammy Awards", CBS TV
*"In A Child's Name", CBS TV
*"Homefront", CBS TV
*"Climb Against the Odds", PBS
*"If These Walls Could Talk" (1996), HBO
*"See Jane Run", CBS TV

5.1 DVD concert sound

*Nellie McKay "Get Away from Me" 5.1 DVD Sony/MX Entertainment
*Herbie Hancock "Future 2 Future", 5.1 DVD, MX Extertainment

Video game scores

*Clive Barker's Jericho (2007)
*Haze (2008)
* (2007)
* (2008) [ [http://www.skysound.com/bio/lajones.html Skywalker Sound. Leslie Ann Jones bio] ]

References

External links

* [http://mixonline.com/bay-area-legends/leslie-ann-jones/ 2006 photo of Leslie Ann Jones at her home barbecue]

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