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Tom Dowd: 1925-2002
Tom Dowd
Recording engineer, producer

Born: January 1, 1925 in New York City, New York
Died: October 27, 2002 in Aventura, Florida

Innovative recording engineer

Copyright © 2002 


Tom Dowd was a ground-breaking recording engineer and producer who was particularly known for his 25-year association with Atlantic Records. He pioneered stereo and multi track tape recording, and made famous recordings with artists like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers.

He worked with many of the Atlantic jazz artists, including the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard. He left Atlantic in the late 1960s, but continued to record as a freelance.

He received a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2002. A documentary, Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, had recently been completed for release in 2003.

The cause of his death was emphysema.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl , his daughter, Dana, two sons, Todd and Steven, and a grandson.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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