MEET OUR AMAZING OWNERS
FOUNDER & CEO / STUDIO DIRECTOR
Lee Evans (LeRoi Evans) is a Gold Album/award winning Producer /Songwriter /Engineer /Musician, and a long time veteran with over 40 years of experience in the music industry.
Starting as a child, Lee Evans wrote, arranged, played piano and sang for young harmony group “The Fourth Edition” a group that went on to win amateur night at the Apollo a whopping 6 times, sharing the stage with legends like Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, and others.
After attending such notable schools as “The High School Of Music & Art (NYC)” and “Oberlin Music Conservatory” (Ohio), Lee married his High School sweetheart ‘Jamilah” who played classical piano. Jamilah taught Lee to read music, and piano technique.Lee taught Jamila how to play by ear, and feel…they became a dynamic duo. A few years later after an ugly divorce, Lee set out on his musical life journey. As a keyboardist, Lee became a band member and musical director. In his early years he performed with top recording acts such as “The Jimmy Castor Bunch” “Brass Construction” The Force MDs, “New Edition” “Afrikaa Bambaataa”, “Willie Colon” “Johnny Gill” “Kleer” “Bionic Boogie” “Joe Simon” “The Coasters”.
Here he backed up such notable artists like Johnny Kemp, Me’lissa Morgan, and Keith Sweat.
Lee Evans is a natural born musician. He brings passion, authenticity and timelessness to his musical creations as a songwriter/producer and recording engineer. Lee Evans many accomplishments include his work with singer “Marc Anthony” in the early stages if his career, “Cindi Lauper” , “Harry Belafonte”, “The Force MDs”, “Brass Construction”, “Afrikaa Bambaataa” and a long list of dance Hip Hop and “latin freestyle” favorites from the ‘80’s and early 90’s.
During this time, Mr. Evans became a familiar face in the most prominent NYC studios and earned recognition as a one of NYC’s top multi-keyboardist / producer /songwriter / engineers. After over a decade on the road playing in the “Madison Square Gardens” and hottest clubs of virtually every major city nationwide, Lee embarked on several world tours, earning international recognition for his musical abilities. But sadly, the road was really starting to take its toll on him and his family, by not allowing him to spend the much-needed quality “family time” and eventually splitting them apart. Lee Evans then decided not to go on any more lengthy tours. He stood by his word by turning down an opportunity to tour internationally as the opening act for Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” World tour.
Lee Evans started a small Fostex 4 track recording studio in his tiny basement apartment in the Bronx. “It was always tight and hot as heck down there. Guys would say it felt (and smelled) like a sweatbox but man…we used to Jam!”. Thus the name JAMBOX was born.
Some of the pioneers of today’s music that came up to record at his studio include, latin artists Marc Anthony & Willie Colon, Afrikaa Bambaataa Jazzy Jay,, Queen Latifah, Doug E. Fresh Lori Michaels, Sa-fire, The Cover Girls, TKA, Amoretto, Cyre, The Cold Crush Brothers, The Force MDs, Brass Construction, Rainy Davis, Glen Jones, DJ Jose “Animal” Diaz, and many more.
In 1989, JAMBOX relocated to the East Village in Manhattan. Shortly after, JAMBOX moved to their current location in Chelsea Manhattan and expanded to a 3 room recording facility offering new and unique music services.
Lee Evans and Cathy Palmisano co-own JAMBOX Entertainment and Recording Studios. Black owned and femal co-owned, JAMBOX Studios has become a major player in the current NYC music scene,
In 1996, Lee Evans started the “AET Audio Engineering Course”. AET is a low cost audio engineering course designed to teach the “tools of the trade” to up and coming artists producers etc. The AET Audio Engineering Course utilizes a low cost, effective and personal down to earth approach to audio education. Lee himself taught a large portion of the course giving aspiringengineers and producers the know-how to start their own business.
Mr. Evans is also a co-founder and the music director of non profit organization, Reach Out Inc. (www.reachoutinc.com). Reach Out Inc. educates and promotes awareness about the perils of illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, tobacco, crime, violence, prejudice, and life threatening diseases such as AIDS. Reach Out Inc. accomplish this through the use of very unique, interactive, high-energy, fun-filled presentations that intertwine music, dance, and motivational speaking.
As of late, Lee Evans has been involved heavily in various projects. He recently started “The Gift Of Song”, an exclusive service at JAMBOX. He also cofounded 4Sight Music Productions, a boutique music entertainment and production company, along with Cathy Palmisano, and music producer, “G-Man” Gaetano Lattanzi. Their 1st big artist out of the door was the Times Square NYC icon “The Naked Cowboy” Lee-Usher-LoriOver the years, Lee Evans had also developed an affinity for song mastering. Developing his skills for over 15 years as a mixing / mastering engineering, Lee started jamboxmasteringlab.com in 2007.
To date, Lee Evans remains the CEO, leader, and visionary for JAMBOX Entertainment And Recording Studios, and it’s variety of music services.
Co-owner / Administrative Director
In 1992, Ms. Palmisano became Co-Owner and Administrative Director of JAMBOX Entertainment Studios. Ms. Palmisano has remained instrumental in managing, developing, and consulting the careers of chart topping artists and television personalities, including Song Diva, Lori Michaels – who at the age of 16, started the non-profit organization REACH OUT, Inc. Ms. Palmisano has served as the charity’s Executive Director since its inception in 1989.
MEET OUR AMAZING ENGINEERS
Lee Evans is the Head Engineer here at JAMBOX. His background as a music producer, audio engineer, live musician, musical director, arranger and instructor is intensive to say the least. Lee Evans vast experience has allowed
him to become a well respected figure in the NYC music scene. AKA ‘The OG OF All OGs’ Lee Evans’ ability to understand and blend well into many different genres of music, has made him the voice of experience at JAMBOX Entertainment
William 'Billy' Butler
William Billy Butler prefers to go simply by ‘Billy’. He’s one of the most efficient and solid audio recording engineers to have worked at JAMBOX over the years. Other gifted artists include Krs One, Big Daddy Kane, M.O.P., Peter Gunz, Jin,
Gangstarr, Don Omar, Young B, P-Star, Megan Rochell, MF Grimm, Brooklyn Zu, Webstar and Jim Jones to name a few. His studio training has given him the opportunity to work out of various famous studios such as Power Play Studios, Unique, Quad, KMA, Chung King, D & D, Soundtracks, Daddy’s House, Platinum Sounds, Sony and The Hit Factory.
REAP “Edwin Solano” is one of the original JAMBOX Core squad. He’s worked with many of the budding and major artists that recorded here during JAMBOX’ Glory Years… Now… he’s back! Hailing from the Funky Fresh Boogie Down Bx,
REAP will add his mojo and bring your tracks to life least. Lee Evans vast experience has allowed him to become a well respected figure in the NYC music scene. AKA ‘The OG OF All OGs’ Lee Evans’ ability to understand and blend well into many different genres of music, has made him the voice of experience at JAMBOX Entertainment
Alex “Lex” Goumas is a dynamic and versatile music professional with 15+ years of extensive experience in the music industry. Both on stage and in studio -performance and music production As a graduate of the fames Berklee
School Of Music on Boston, Alex is a true multi-talent. He is a prolific Bass player, Multi instrumentalist, music producer, audio-engineer here at JAMBOX.
When Alex isn’t playing bass around the NYC area or touring on the road as a hired gun, he is here in the studio banging out a creative mix of pop, rock, dance and indie/alternative for various artists.
Alex works with an array of talented musicians, top-liners and songwriters within the Industry with the goal of creating rich and colorful satisfying “Radio Ready” music.
In 2013 he scored a Publishing Deal with Crucial Music in Los Angeles, leading to music placements in Netflix’s “Yes Day” film, which held the #1 position on the platform for two consecutive weeks in 2021 and We-Crashed on Apple TV+ in 2022.
Jabbath Roa, is a multi-instrumentalist composer/producer and Audio Engineer. Originaly from Colombia (Yopal/Bogota). He has worked bi-nationally based in Colombia/USA, with extensive career experience: over 10 years
in New York City and Internationally (across United States, Canada, Norway, Colombia.)
His expertise as a composer, songwriter, artist, producing/engineering and touring, runs the gamut of modern music, film scoring, songwriting, sound designing, beat making and song writing.
Jabbath has keen ears for acoustic and electronic music engineering and production. His creative vision creates a comfortable and dynamic environment in the studio and live settings. Multiple musical skills allow him to relate to his clients/ artists, understand their vision and the tools needed to achieve it. In his clients words: “Mr. Roa displayed a talent for delivering, not only music of high quality, but also offering a very wide range of styles. But what really impressed me was the talent for understanding and responding to feedback.” (Marianne Lerdahl, Sarepta Studio, Project Manager for Xbox 360/PC video game Shadow Puppeteer – Hamar, Norway).
Saga Legin is a phenomenal audio engineer/producer/artist spanning over 15 years, out of hell’s kitchen NYC. He started out as a dj, playing clubs like Mirage now known as Terminal Five One of Saga’s first clients was Nikki Minaj.
She was discovered after the successful records she recorded at Saga’s studio.
Saga was signed to Warner Bros. and went on to do the movie Notorious about the life of Biggie Smalls. Saga has had the privilege of working with some of the hottest independent and signed urban artists at the time.That list includes artists such as the Diplomats, French Montana, Loaded Lux, and more
Saga had the pleasure of working on several projects with mix extraordinaire Dj Premier on the Royce 5’9 Street Hop album plus with his artists NYG’Z.
Saga has toured with the likes of Busta Rhymes plus continues to do records for industry regulars and independents. Some of his recent work includes singles from Jim Jones, Maino and Ammina Buddafly of Love and Hip Hop reality show. On the production side Saga has released an album called Love/War fully produced by him on itunes with the video for the single Grinding/Put it all Behind me on youtube.
Saga Legin is experienced in mixing and mastering all genres of music. With over a decade of experience Saga is a force to be reckoned with at JAMBOX Entertainment.
Justin DePay, aka AHBSNT, is a professional music producer, pianist, and audio engineer from NYC. He studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has toured locally with acts such as KilCool, Prince Wiser, and Pat RZL. He has produced and
engineered records for many internationally and nationally recognized artists including Bexey Swan, B Lovee, TJ Porter, Kai Cash, Mikey Polo, and many more. He produced “Hachiko,” the first track on the EP “LexBex,” which debuted as the #1 iTunes release in Japan. His diverse technical and creative skills allow him to work in a wide variety of musical styles such as Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, EDM, Electronica, R&B, and Jazz.
Sean Holdreith is an audio engineer, producer, and composer with a background in pop, rap, electronic, and avant garde music. He is a recent graduate of NYU’s Music Technology program and a recipient of the Founders Day Award
for his outstanding academic achievement as an undergraduate student. He has been working closely with Lee Evans during his time at JAMBOX, which has allowed him to observe and learn directly from one of the greats. He has been writing, producing, recording, and mixing music of various genres since he was in 8th grade. This decade of making music combined with his prestigious education and work experience gives Sean a versatile and extensive skill set to be used as an engineer here at JAMBOX. Sean also has a profound knowledge of beat making, sound design, audio repair, classical and contemporary composition, and more. Let Sean \be of service to elevate your music to the next level.
David Fernandez is a vocal instructor, arranger, keyboardist, and latin percussionist. David is blessed with ‘Perfect Pitch” (when you meet him,ask him to sing an Ab D….nice!
He has performed with Marc Anthony, the late
Joe Cuba Sextet, as well as Angel `Cuco` Pena Andy Montanez Ismael Miranda Ismael Rivera j.r. and Antonio Caban Vale `e ltopo` just to name a few. He was musical director for Brenda K Starr, directed the 30 piece choir for Larry Harlow`s Lincoln Center Outdoor Hommy`s Opera in 2014 and even substituting for Larry Harlow himself on N. J. PAC’s Concert In 2013. David Fernandez’ arrangements can be heard over the hit children`s show Dora The Explorer and over Chembo Corniel. Also #1 Grammy nominated latin jazz recording ‘Portraits in Rhythm’. Fernandez now joins the crew at JAMBOX Studios where he’s a vocal coach/arranger, beat maker, producer & associate engineer.
Our Awesome Support Staff
Daniella Cama is an Advertising and Marketing Communications student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (right down the block)
She has gained knowledge from industry professionals to help her excel in those areas at JAMBOX. She aspires to be a champion in these areas and big name in the music industry.
Brea Jordai comes to us from Ohio as an alumni of the Ohio Media School, with a strong background in sales and marketing. Brea is the creator of her own internet radio show and a live talk show, “The Queen of Cleveland.” She is also a music artist, Songwriter and Producer.
Marco Chin hails from Manhattan’s Lower East Side as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, with a focus in Advertising and Marketing. He has also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, having worked with industry professionals to create a social media campaign for Toronto artist Amaal Nuux. His strong background in social media marketing and his passion for music gives him the necessary skills to be part of the JAMBOX team. He is also a musician, songwriter, producer and poet who has performed with the likes of Urban Word and National Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.