Starchamber.TV's Peter Doell speaks with Skywalker Sound's Director of Music and Scoring, Leslie Annn Jones.
Skywalker Sound's multiple Grammy award-winning recording engineer Leslie Ann Jones was born into a musical world as the daughter of bandleader Spike Jones and singer Helen Grayco.
Through her parents, Leslie was exposed to a wide variety of musicians and singers which made her develop an interest in music early in her childhood. At the age of 14, she was given a Sears Silvertone electric guitar which she used to play in her own band.
Leslie eventually became interested in audio production and recording, landing her first engineering job at ABC Studios working as a production engineer and making copies of recordings. She worked as an assistant engineer for several years, training with Roy Halee, 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, Leslie moved north to San Francisco, California to work at The Automatt and trained with engineer Fred Catero and producer David Rubinson.
And in 1987 Leslie joined Capitol Records where she stayed for ten years, engineering prominent jazz, vocal and classical recordings such as Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, and continued recording film and TV scores.
Leslie has recorded and mixed such artists as Santana, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Maze, Confunkshun, Holly Near, and Angela Bofill to name a few.
In 1997, Leslie joined Skywalker Sound, where she where she now works as Director of Music Recording and Scoring.