Leslie Ann Jones joined Skywalker Sound in February of 1997 as manager and mixer of scoring for the facility’s recording and scoring stage. She was quickly elevated to the position she currently holds as Director of Music Recording and Scoring. Her dual position at the company utilizes her skills in both managing a recording studio and as an engineer. A veteran recording and mixing engineer for over twenty-five years, Jones’ career comprises work from all genres of the music industry, as well as feature films, television, and commercials. In 2004, Jones won a Grammy Award – Best Chamber Music Recording for the Kronos Quartet’s “Berg: Lyric Suite”, and was a Grammy nominee for Best Engineered Recording-Classical for Petronel Malan’s “Bach Transcriptions”release
Leslie is current Secretary-Treasurer and past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Oakland Cultural Arts Commission. She also serves on the Grammy Foundation Board, and the Recording Arts Advisory Boards for UCLA Extension’s Recording Arts program and Ex’pression School of New Media.
After beginning her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Jones made her first move north to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios in San Francisco. There, she started her film score mixing career with Apocalypse Now and recorded with a who’s who of jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin and Angela Bofill.
Jones joined Skywalker Sound after a long and respected tenure as staff engineer at the famed Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood. She recorded projects at Capitol with Michelle Shocked, Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein as well as scores for a plethora of feature films such as Grace Of My Heart, Lost Highwayand White Men Can’t Jump. Her television credits include the series Homefront for CBS and The Grammy Awards.
The Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage was designed to be one of the industry’s premiere recording facilities. The main room easily accommodates a 125 piece orchestra, yet is adjustable to provide intimacy for a solo performer. There are four isolation booths, an artist lounge, and a newly upgraded control room that features a Neve 72 input 88R console with an 8 channel VSP post panel, and 48 remote controlled microphone preamps. Recent projects include film scores for Hellboy, Jurassic Park III, Spy Kids, and Requiem for a Dream, 5.1 mixing for Herbie Hancock, Nellie McKay, String Cheese Incident, and an N’Sync theatrical and video concert release, as well as record projects for Vanessa Carlton. Dredg, Smashmouth, Rosemary Clooney and The Count Basie Big Band, Third Eye Blind, Faith Hill, Chanticleer and Kronos Quartet.