Jeff Jones (aka “TheJediMaster”) is an American Grammy Winning Record Producer and 2x Grammy Nominated Engineer whose prolific
career has spanned decades. Jeff is best known for his innovative and unconventional techniques for bringing analog sound into the digital domain. Fascinated with sound recording as a kid, he experimented endlessly with editing and tape manipulation. Even disassembling his
parent’s stereo system and converting it into a mixing board. He recorded and experimented with everything in his path, eventually moving
on to local bands.
In the late 80s, after attending Sarah Lawrence College, and a stint touring with The Talking Heads doing live sound, Jeff arrived in
New York City to a thriving Music Scene. He worked marathon hours engineering at The Hit Factory, Power Station, and Electric Lady Studios. Learning first-hand from legends Tao Macero, Hank Shocklee, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Artists included Run DMC,
Public Enemy and Dan Hartman. In the 90s Jeff helped design and build Intergalactic Music, moving it into the old Hit Factory space, and becoming Chief Engineer.
Into the new millennium, he recorded a live performance of Wynton Marsalis as a favor for a downtown non-profit. Utilizing his unique gorilla recording techniques, and later mixing the spontaneous performance to absolute perfection. The result “Live at The House of Tribes” was nominated for a Grammy, and Wynton subsequently asked Jeff to join him at Jazz at Lincoln Center as his personal Producer and Engineer.
At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jeff produced, recorded, mixed albums & special projects under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.
He was Producer of “Real Jazz” heard weekly on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. During that time he recorded satellite radio broadcasts and records with artists such as Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Chick Corea, Cedar Walton, Randy Weston, Kenny Burrell and Bobbi Hutcherson.
He traveled with the JALC Orchestra to The Basque region of Spain and Produced the epic “Vitoria Suite” featuring Paco De Lucia.
In addition he independently won a 2008 Grammy for Producing Dr. John’s “City That Care Forgot”.
Later Jeff made the time to work on promising young Jon Batiste’s projects, and that culminated in Jeff producing “Social Music”.
Jeff has been in high demand recording/mixing music for film and TV. His first film “Against Wind and Tide” was Nominated for an Academy Award. More recently he has produced music for Spike Lee, Ken Burns, and Ric Burns, plus recorded and mixed PBS American Masters, and Alicia Keys for Sony Wonder Labs.
Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Jazz Power Initiative “Transforming lives through Jazz arts education”
and is an active Voting Member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
For the Recording Academy he currently serves as both a Mentor for The Grammy U program, and additionally is a Grammy Awards Committee Screening Member for the Jazz Category.