The NAMM TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) committee has announced that Leslie Ann Jones, the accomplished engineer, producer, and director of music and scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame at the 34th Annual NAMM TEC Awards.
After beginning her career playing in rock bands and running her own live sound company, Jones went on to hold staff positions at ABC Recording Studios (Los Angeles), the Automatt Recording Studios (San Francisco), Capitol Studios (Hollywood), and now at Skywalker Sound, where she records and mixes music for records, films, video games, and television, as well as producing records— primarily in the classical and jazz genres.
In her early years assisting legendary recording engineers, Jones quickly became a preeminent engineer herself, at the helm of sessions for artists including Herbie Hancock, John Mayall, Santana, ConFunkShun, Frankie Beverly and Maze, the Whispers and Bobby McFerrin. In 2000, she became the first woman ever to chair the Recording Academy (GRAMMY) Board of Trustees, and she is also the recipient of four Grammy Awards, including two for Best Engineered Album, Classical.
“I am so honoured to have been selected for this year’s TEC Hall of Fame,” said Jones. “It is quite humbling to know I will be joining a list of past inductees whom I have admired, respected and looked up to my whole career.”
The NAMM TEC Hall of Fame award was first bestowed in 1988 and is presented at The NAMM TEC Awards annually during The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California (January 24-27, 2019). Tickets for the 2019 show are available here.