Jan. 24, 2015, Anaheim, CA. – This year the NAMM TEC Awards celebrated its 30th anniversary as it honored 2014’s best and brightest contributors to audio and technology. Comedian Sinbad deftly handle Comedian Sinbad deftly handled host duties, ensuring the audience was entertained throughout the almost four-hour event, which culminated with the celebration of three venerable contributors to the combined arts of technology and creativity: Nathan East, Ed Cherney and Slash.
While these names may need little introduction to many, let us at AllDayTech provide some context as we too celebrate their achievements, along with many others who received accolades on this night.
First up among the honorees inducted into the 2014 TEC Awards Hall of Fame was renowned Grammy-award winning bassist Nathan East. If you remember a little Phil Collins’ ditty called “Easy Lover” you know his work–he co-wrote that huge 80s hit with Collins and Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. He has also worked with other very big names, among them Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Toto, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk–on and on. After giving a heartfelt and humble acceptance speech he did what he does best and performed a couple jazzy grooves with the house band for the crowded ballroom of guests.
Six-time Grammy Award-winning engineer Ed Cherney was next up for the 2014 Hall of Fame honor. An affable fellow with an almost endlessly bedazzled resume, Cherney is one of the most recorded engineers in the business. He is also respected among his peers as one of the greatest rock engineers of all time, having worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Spinal Tap. Not that we’re biased but TAP! We digress. Cherney is a big deal who has made incredibly profound contributions to both music and music education. He recently finished a teaching residency at USC.
The TEC Awards is never complete without its final presentation: the distinguished Les Paul Award. 2014’s award belonged to guitarist Slash, known for his incredible contributions to rock music as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and his own independent projects. Slash is also committed to supporting and resuscitating music education programs in schools. He wrapped the show with a blazing jam with an impressive lineup that included Richie Sambora, Don Was, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Orianthi and Kenny Aranoff.