Jay Messina

Biography

Jay Messina is a world-class engineer/producer who is greatly respected by his peers. His discography includes classic albums by Aerosmith, Kiss, Miles Davis and Cheap Trick, to name a few.

Jay grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His father played acoustic bass in a trio. At age eight, his father bought him a set of orchestra bells, and Jay has been having fun with music ever since. He graduated to playing vibes and played in bands throughout high school and for several more years after that.

In the mid sixties, Jay’s good friend and composer David Lucas offered him a job as a recording engineer. Jay, who wasn’t quite sure what an engineer did, trusted his friend and his own instinct and took the job for ‘food money’. Jay started his engineering career at Don Elliott’s studio. Don was a super-talented musician, singer, and composer.

Don had a one inch 8-track machine he had purchased from Les Paul. It was one of the very few in the world. This was the period when 2, 3 and 4 track was considered multi-track recording. Jay, very quickly, became the sole operator of Don’s studio. He learned enough in the next year and a half to get a job at the legendary A & R Studios as a mastering engineer.

Phil Ramone, one of the owners of A & R, graciously allowed the employees to use the facilities when they weren’t being used. Jay readily took advantage of this perk and spent most of his free time at the studio. He was fortunate enough to be friends with some of the most talented musicians in New York. Names like Mike Mainieri, The Brecker Brothers, Steve Gadd and Tony Levin just to name a few. Jay invited them to join him in the studio to record any new music they had written. It was a ‘win win’ for everybody. The musicians recorded their music, and Jay got lots of invaluable experience. It wasn’t long after that Jay started getting requests to record some of the highest profile bands in popular music.

In 1971, Jay made the move to “Record Plant” in New York. Record Plant was the hottest studio in town. This quickly became his new ‘home’ where he served as chief engineer for 15 years. Jay was consistently busy recording albums and stayed with Record Plant until he left in 1987. He’s since embarked on a very successful freelance career.

In 2005 Jay opened his own studio, West End Sound, where he mixes and masters national and international projects today. Anyone interested in having Jay mix their next project should contact him at info@jaymessina.com.

Clients

Aerosmith
Alabama
Ambergris
Andrea Bocelli
Anita Baker
Benny Golson
Blues Brothers
Booker T and The MG’s
Buddy Miles
Cheap Trick
Chin Suzuki
Colleen Messina
Eddie Gomez
Eddie Palmieri
Gordon Lightfoot
Jeremy Steig
Jimmy Cliff
Joe Beck
John Lennon
Jonathan Edwards
Judy Collins
Kenny Loggins
Kimiko Itoh
Kiss
Krishna Das
Leo Sayer
Lou Reed
Melissa Manchester
Mika Yoshida

Mike Mainieri
Miles Davis
Nancy Wilson
Patti Smith
Pedrito Martinez
Peobo Bryson
Peter Frampton
Rick Derringer
Roberta Flack
Rolling Stones
Ronnie Montrose
Sha Na Na
Slash
Sonny Fortune
Stephen Bishop
Steve Gadd
Supertramp
Ted Nugent
Ten Wheel Drive
Terumasa Hino
The McCoys
The Platters
The Three Degrees
Tom Rush
Wang Wei
Wayne Shorter
White Elephant
Yoko Ono
Yun Fan

News

I did a video interview for online music publication kilScene.  You can check it out here.

I recorded a record with Pedrito Martinez.  This is a Cuban band that is so tight and on fire that they think and play like one person.  Really special and lots of heavy hitters also think so.  Eric Clapton, jazz legend Jon Hendricks, Steve Gadd plus a long list of equally amazing musicians have made a habit of going to hear The Pedrito Martinez Group perform.

Mika Stoltzman did another record with an all star band with Richard Stoltzman, Steve and Duke Gadd, Eddie Gomez, John Tropea and some awesome guest artists.  This is the second studio record that I recorded with Mika.

I recorded a new studio record with Krishna Das at Avatar and MSR studios.  I mixed it at my studio, West End Sound.  It’s something a little different for KD.

There is one more song to record and mix for Eddie Palmieri.  That’s always fun.

I mixed some music, by Chris Munger and John Montalbano, for an upcoming animated film.

Jack Douglas and myself did a fun day in the studio for Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.

I mixed a five song promo CD for rocker, Steve Broderick.  He’ll be performing in the New York City area soon.

West End Sound is my private studio.  It has a Pro Tools HD rig with Mytek converters, and some really cool analogue outboard gear, as well as lots of software.  I have all the Universal Audio plug-ins, and they are Rockin’.  My client base, via FTP, has included artists all around the world.  Contact me with any fun projects.

Photos

 

RICK NIELSONROBIN ZANDER, JAY & COLLEENMika Yoshida SessionANDREA BOCELLIThe CenacleAerosmithPlaneAir Studios - London