Bethlehem, PA (June 28, 2006)–Jazz musician, producer and record label executive Eric Doney will work on five projects at StarCity Recording Company. Most currently, he is tracking Giants at Work, a DVD featuring the music of jazz notable Phil Woods, with StarCity’s surround-sound specialists Jeff Glixman, executive vice president and Carl Cadden-James, vice president of engineering.
Pictured at StarCity are (l-r): Carl Cadden-James, Jackie Caffese, Eric Doney, Bob Caffese and Phil Woods.”As soon as I sat down at the piano in StarCity’s expansive live room and played a few notes, I thought to myself, ‘This is the place,'” explained Doney. “The studio adapts to all sounds. There are various size rooms for everything–recording, engineering, editing, and mixing. Electronically, the design is exceptional. Acoustically, it couldn’t be better. There are lounges for relaxing before the next session and the engineering staff is world class. I am very happy here.”
Doney, who owns Pacific St Records, a private record label, has designated five CDs to StarCity. Among them, Giants at Work, a companion to the DVD, is tracked in 5.1 surround sound, a first for Doney, but with StarCity’s expertise, a cinch. Other projects underway include a Christmas album, a project sponsored by Yamaha International, as well as an album with local jazz giant Jay Rattman. In addition, Doney will be producing an album at StarCity for jazz virtuoso Mark Williams, who, just fourteen years old, has already taken the stage at Jazz haven BB Kings with BB King himself.
“When I initially met Jeff and Carl, I was impressed by their ideas regarding the preparation of the project and the professionalism they bestowed,” Doney continued. “From the second we started planning, I knew that they were enthused and interested in what I wanted to create. StarCity has provided me with the ultimate recording experience. Everything from their selection of quality microphones to their accommodating staff has made my experience so wonderful that I decided to commit them to Pacific St Records’ up-coming projects.”
Doney, a graduate of Susquehanna University, began classical studies at an early age, taking the world head on during a public performance at seven years old. He began playing jazz in junior high school, eventually performing professionally at many of the popular Pocono Mountain jazz clubs with local legends Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. His first tour was with scat vocalist Jon Hendricks, whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated album, Love.
After moving to New York, Doney joined the David Johansen band on a two-year tour, opening for notable groups The Who, Blondie, Duran Duran, the Clash, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. His musical abilities allowed him to perform as a pianist for Bob Hope’s television shows as well as for the opening ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. For three years, he was musical director for Englebert Humperdink, touring more than 40 countries. Then, in 1993, Doney returned to the Poconos and formed Pacific St Records. He has produced over 30 recordings for his label, working with local jazz greats Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates, Jr. and Scott Jarrett.
Having worked in studios across the globe, Doney enjoys StarCity’s warm and engaging atmosphere. “I’ve recorded in seven or eight countries and at the infamous studios in Los Angeles and StarCity has truly become one of my studios of choice; the sessions are amazing while the experience is priceless.”
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