J.J. is a native Chicagoan, who came up playing in blues and reggae clubs as a teenager in his home town, before eventually moving to Los Angeles to begin his recording career.  Known for taste, musicality and proficiency in a broad range of musical styles, J.J. has also amassed a great collection of vintage mics, outboard gear and instruments, which he draws on to make outstanding recordings and productions.  

He produced and mixed the Grammy winning record “Press On,” by June Carter Cash, engineered on the Grammy winning and #1 Billboard Hot 100 record “Great American Song Book vol. 3,” by Rod Stewart, as well as engineering on P. Diddy’s #1 hit “All About the Benjamins.”

J.J. has been a producer and engineer since 1994.  His album credits and list of musicians he’s recorded includes Ryan Adams, Rusty Anderson, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Stephen Bishop, The Black Eyed Peas, Body Count, Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Bramlett, Jon Brion, Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, David Cassidy, Kelly Clarkson, Vinnie Colauita, Rodney Crowell, John Densmore, P. Diddy, Double Trouble, Nathan East, Eleven, Melissa Etheridge, Jason Falkner, Mike Finnigan, Josh Freese, James Gadson, David Garfield, Mike Garson, Beth Hart, Paul Jones, Josh Kelley, Jim Keltner, Abe Laboriel Jr., Mike Landau, Jonny Lang, Roger Manning, Keb Mo, Zigaboo Modeliste, Ray Parker Jr., Dean Parks, Jack Pearson, Greg Phillinganes, Bernard Purdie, Smokey Robinson, Joe Sample, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, The Pointer Sisters, Rod Stewart, Tommy Stinson, Marty Stuart, Benmont Tench, Unwritten Law, Vintage Trouble, Keith Urban, Weezer, Nancy Wilson, Edgar Winter, Bird York and many more.

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In this course, Multi-Grammy Winner J.J. Blair (Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash, Kelly Clarkson) teaches you the secrets to capturing outstanding drum recordings.