Bethlehem, PA (April 7, 2004)–On Friday, March 19th, Angel Mountain Productions hosted two tapings for BET Jazz Network’s weekly run show Studio Jams. Producer Tom Emmi, is in the second season of the series, which features different jazz musicians like Larry Carlton, Pat Martino, Bela Fleck, and Joey DeFrancesco gathered together in a studio environment while performing and improvising to some of their favorite tunes from the world of contemporary jazz and blues.
The musical cast performing at Angel Mountain for Studio Jams last month featured musical greats like G.E. Smith, Anton Fig, Tracey Silverman, Jeff Kashiwa, Chuck Loeb, the Funk Brothers’ Demetrius Pappas, Edgardo Cintron, and Chico Huff. Audio engineers Carl Cadden-James and Dave Arrelano were on hand tracking the audio portions to the show in Angel Mountain’s control room A on the SSL XL 9000 K series console while the camera crew taped the shows in the spacious scoring stage. Both rooms performed up to the caliber of the talent that stopped by to jam at Angel Mountain.
“I am extremely happy with the reactions I am getting from everyone here regarding our studio facility. More so, it pleases me to know that our studio rooms are living up to their intended performance capabilities,” said Angel Mountain owner and president Gary Sloyer.
Guitarist Chuck Loeb remarked, “The place is very beautiful and well equipped, and the staff was really amazing, very accommodating, and helpful. Just a really nice group of people to work with.” And, saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa added, “This is one of the best studio rooms I have ever recorded in. The room responds very well acoustically.”
Angel Mountain director of marketing Mike Horvath was elated to have so much celebrity talent in house. “Trying to reach out to this caliber of musician and bring each one here individually can be difficult to do given their respective touring schedules and many other commitments. To have nine here today at one time, all enjoying their experience at Angel Mountain, should serve to benefit us greatly as each returns to their own circles of fellow musicians.”
Each 60-minute episode of Studio Jams features top jazz and blues musicians in recording sessions making fresh, new music. Viewers get a rare, educational opportunity to see some of the biggest names in jazz create, compose and spontaneously jam in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. “Musicians love it,” described Emmi. “They love the challenge, and the freedom they have to take the music in the direction that feels right at the time.” The series debuted on the network last July and viewer response has been overwhelming.
As cameras roll, many of the players are working with each other for the very first time. “We purposely try to mix it up a little each time, and invite players who we know will bring an interesting and unique perspective to the session,” added Emmi. “Going into it, no one knows what to expect, and therein lies the magic of the program.”
According to Emmi, the size of Angel Mountain lended itself extremely well to doing this kind of production. “It’s truly state-of-the-art,” noted Emmi. “I plan to do more tapings for Studio Jams here at Angel Mountain again in the near future.”
Angel Mountain Productions and Sound