Jay Messina


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.


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
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
Sonny Fortune
Stephen Bishop
Steve Gadd
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


Well, it’s Grammy time and I recorded 2 albums that are nominated this year.  I’ve spoken about The Pedrito Martinez Group in the past, when I was recording the album.  This is a Cuban band that is so tight and on fire that they think and play like one person.  They are up for Best Latin Jazz Album.  It’s a great CD.  The other one is The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  Their category is Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.  They did all music of the great Bob Brookmeyer.  It was a rare treat to record a big band format, with such great players.

I recently finished producing a couple of dance tunes for an awesome singer/songwriter, that you’ll be hearing about soon.  Her name is Yun Fan, but goes simply by the name YUN.  She was born in Harbin, China and lives in Manhattan now.  I met her in 2009 and was lucky to have her show my wife and myself an insiders look at China when we were there.

I’m recording a big band record with Eddie Palmieri, that has all outstanding players.  This is a real treat for me.

The interview I did with SonicScoop is still posted for you to check out.

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

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.

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’.  UAD continues to amaze me with the new plug-ins they keep coming out with.  The new API Vision Channel Strip Plug -In is awesome.

My client base, via FTP, has included artists all around the world.  Contact me with any fun projects.



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