SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2013) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will celebrate its sixth annual GRAMMY® Week event, titled "An Evening of Jazz," honoring 27-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-talented music producer Quincy Jones and 18-time GRAMMY-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt for their commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The invitation-only event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Premiere sponsors of the event from the Professional Audio and Musical Instrument market sectors include industry leaders Avid®, HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®), iriver, Iron Mountain, Music Marketing, PMC, Ltd., Presonus, Shure Incorporated, and Ultimate Ears by Logitech. Additional sponsors will be announced soon.
"The Producers & Engineers Wing provides a voice for the producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals who work, often behind the scenes, in the recording field," states Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing. "This year's honorees, Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt, are legendary in the music industry for their commitment to excellence, and we are very proud to be able to celebrate their achievements. The contributions of our sponsor partners, all of whom support the art and craft of recorded music and are dedicated to excellence in their areas of expertise, make it possible to produce this event. Thanks to them, we are again looking forward to presenting the kick-off evening for another exceptional GRAMMY Week."
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About Quincy Jones
With a career spanning more than six decades and encompassing the roles of composer; film, record and TV producer; artist; arranger; conductor; record company executive; magazine founder; multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian, Quincy Jones is the epitome of an entertainment impresario. While following his passion as a jazz musician in the '50s, Jones quickly realized his gift for musical arrangement, which led him to work with artists such as Count Basie, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington. Through the '60s and '70s, his career continued to blossom, arranging for legendary artists Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra. With a total of 33 major motion picture scores to date, Jones became the first African-American to break into the world of film scoring. In the '80s, Jones produced Michael Jackson's legendary albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad, which went on to sell more than 200 million copies worldwide collectively. He has received numerous international awards and accolades, among them 27 GRAMMY Awards, a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1991. He is a longtime humanitarian and activist, and is the founder of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, which celebrates and preserves the history of American popular music through music education programs in schools across the country.
About Al Schmitt
Al Schmitt was introduced to the studio world at the age of 7 by his uncle, an engineer at the legendary Brunswick Records. At 19, he was employed at Apex Studios and mentored by Tom Dowd, who provided a well-rounded schooling that would serve Schmitt for more than four decades as an engineer and producer. From renowned studios Nola to Fulton Recording, where he learned the art of engineering for large orchestras from Bob Doherty, to his move to Radio Recorders in Hollywood, Schmitt's engineering prowess continued to grow through innovative recording techniques and an impressive discography of jazz artists. Throughout his illustrious career at RCA he engineered for Henry Mancini, garnering him his first GRAMMY win in 1962 for Hatari! While Schmitt's engineering roster included Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Horace Silver, Cal Tjader, and Ike and Tina Turner among others, in 1966 he switched his aspirations to become a producer. As a producer, Schmitt has
worked with such artists as Jefferson Airplane, Jackson Browne, Sam Cooke and Neil Young. His love for the sound board ultimately returned him to engineering, and he went on to make sonically exquisite and highly influential recordings for the likes of George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Shelby Lynne, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Toto and more. Schmitt has recorded more than 200 gold and platinum albums, has won 18 GRAMMY Awards—including 10 in the Best Engineered category—two Latin GRAMMY Awards and, in 2006, received a Recording Academy Trustees Award.
Avid creates digital audio and video technology used to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and movies made at home. www.avid.com.
About HARMAN® (AKG®, JBL®, Lexicon®)
HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. Harman is a world leading high quality equipment provider for live, recorded and consumer product sound. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. www.harman.com.
iriver Ltd. is a global IT device powerhouse known for product innovation, style-driven technology, and a track record of market dominance. After producing many award-winning portable media devices, the company diversified its categories to include e-readers, tablet PCs, VoIP phones, and more. iriver’s e-readers compete worldwide in both function and design, featuring sleek signature style and rich multimedia content. iriver’s Astell&Kern brand is the ultimate portable high-fidelity audio system, capable of delivering 24bit/192kHz high-resolution, lossless Mastering Quality Sound (MQS), providing 6.5 times more information than CD, resulting in a more original, precise and enhanced sound. www.iriver.com
About Iron Mountain Entertainment Services
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of information storage and management solutions. When a film studio, a worldwide media company, or a prestigious academic institution wants to protect and preserve its legacy, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services is the clear choice. Paramount Pictures, Universal Music Group, the University of Southern California and countless other leading media companies and institutions rely on Iron Mountain to protect their most critical physical and digital assets and to make them accessible for future generations. Iron Mountain is committed to an all-encompassing approach to security, from ingestion and cataloging to preservation and distribution, with every security governed by strict, proprietary protocols and customized to each client’s needs for access. www.ironmountain.com.
About Music Marketing
Started in 1991 by Ray Williams, Music Marketing Inc. is a music software/hardware distributor. We are musicians, composers, DJs and artists drawn together by a love of music making and technology. Music Marketing provides the best and most inspiring music technology products for musicians in North America. The Toronto-based company has one mission: find the best music technology products and introduce them to the vibrant North American market and have fun doing it. Our diverse staff represents many decades of experience on all sides of the music business - software, hardware and content. Our resellers are a highly motivated part of a team dedicated to bringing the most inspiring music products to the creative people who want them. www.musicmarketing.ca.
About PMC, Ltd.
UK based PMC is a world-leading manufacturer of professional monitor and audiophile speaker systems. PMC designs feature its uniquely engineered Advanced Transmission Line (ATL™) technology, which provides a near identical, high resolution, wide bandwidth signal response across the complete product range. Proprietary drive units, electronics and cabinet engineering, provide tonal accuracy, clarity and dynamic range throughout a variety of designs, extending from the world’s smallest ATL™ design, the DB1+, to large scale active control room monitoring systems such as the flagship BB5-XBD-A. PMC monitor systems are in service with many of the world’s premiere music and film sound recording studios, broadcast companies, post production and audio mastering facilities. www.pmc-speakers.com
PreSonus Audio Electronics has become known for delivering professional quality audio products at affordable prices to audio professionals, musicians and hobbyists around the world. The PreSonus staff have years of experience in professional audio as musicians and sound engineers which brings passion for music-making to every facet of the company. PreSonus' founder and President Jim Odom is credited with two RIAA Certified Gold Records, one Certified Platinum Record along with two Ampex Golden Reel Awards as a musician/producer/engineer. Presonus design engineers also have extensive background in military specification surface mount technology ensuring all PreSonus products are built to last and can handle real-world situations. PreSonus holds patents in digital control over analog which was used in PreSonus' first product, the 1995 award-winner DCP-8. PreSonus now offers over twenty products and is committed to developing great-sounding and useful tools to enhance the creation of music. www.presonus.com
About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Shure has designed and produced high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, in-ear personal monitor systems, headphones, headsets for use with handheld music players and smart phones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority. www.shure.com
About Ultimate Ears by Logitech
Ultimate Ears makes listening devices that let people enjoy music the way it was meant to be heard. A product unit of Logitech International (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), Ultimate Ears is a leading supplier of custom in-ear monitors for professional musicians and an emerging provider of premium earphones and headsets for the consumer market. www.ultimateears.com
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Instagram, Foursquare, GetGlue, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.