Pictured from L to R at StarCity Recording: Ray Vega on trumpet, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Chris Farr on saxophone and Gerald Veasley on bass.
The BET J Network and Ace Entertainment once again turned to StarCity Recording Company in Bethlehem, Penn., to handle recording, mixing and post-production for three new upcoming editions of the series Studio Jams.
The show brings together talented pools of musicians who typically do not work together, and provides viewers with an intimate glimpse of an old-fashioned jam session as the artists assemble and perform in StarCity’s large live space, Major. After recording the session, StarCity’s executive vice president, Jeff Glixman, and chief engineer, Zak Rizvi, mix the tracks in surround sound, relying on the facility’s Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series.
“The StarCity crew is absolutely amazing,” says Ace Entertainment president Tom Emmi. “Jeff and Zak are an excellent team, each bringing a different area of expertise to the project. I bring Studio Jams to StarCity because the musicians love the vibe and sound of the studio, and of course, the vast amount of equipment and resources readily available at their fingertips.”
Studio Jams recorded its first session with Rayford Griffin on drums, Gerald Veasley on bass, Chuck Loeb and Nick Colionne on guitar, Michael Wolff on piano, Ray Vega on trumpet and Chris Farr on saxophone. Other sessions included Marcus Baylor on drums, Michael Manson on bass, Jeff Golub on guitar, Demetrios Pappas on piano and synthesizer and Kirk Whalum on saxophone.
“We are thrilled that Ace Entertainment once again turned to us for its Studio Jams project,” says Glixman. “Tom Emmi gathered an outstanding lineup of musicians for what are sure to be vastly entertaining shows. We are always impressed by the wide range of talent and the high level of professionalism that these artists encompass.”