AEME from A to Z: JHU Alumni Success Stories



Josiah Gluck, A&S '81
Music Producer/Engineer
"Saturday Night Live"

Josiah Gluck, a three-time Grammy nominee, is equally sought after as a producer/engineer for both studio and live recordings. Josiah’s career took off when he joined GRP Records as Chief Engineer and Technical Director in 1982. Among the many projects for GRP, Josiah co-produced and engineered the CD "B.B. King Live At The Apollo" which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1992. While at GRP, he engineered several dozen CDs and television theme songs (such as “St. Elsewhere”) for label president, Dave Grusin, and supervised post-production for concert videos. Josiah received his first two Grammy nominations while at GRP for Dave Grusin’s “Cinemagic” (1987) and “Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown” (1989) featuring David Benoit, Patti Austin, Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan and Chick Corea.

Josiah’s most recent Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Record (non-classical) was Karrin Allyson’s “Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane” (Concord 2001), which was also nominated for best jazz vocal performance. Other artists he has recorded and/or produced include Karen Akers, Curtis Stigers Charlie Byrd, Billy Cobham, Freddie Cole, The Heath Brothers, Judy Collins, Eddie Daniels, Nnenna Freelon, (nominated for a Grammy two years in a row for Best Jazz Vocal Perfomance) Randy Goodrum, Jon Hendricks, Maureen McGovern, Marian McPartland, Diane Schuur, Dave Valentin, and Sadao Watanabe. He has been the associate producer and engineer on numerous projects for Kevin Eubanks, bandleader for “The Tonight Show” and in 2001 recorded a cross-over project for Metropolitan Opera star, Denyce Graves, entitled “The Lost Days” (RCA Red Seal).

In addition to his extensive recordings, Josiah is one of live television’s preeminent music engineers. The current 2013-2014 season marks his 19th year as Co-Music Engineer for "Saturday Night Live," for which he received an Emmy nomination for the 1992-1993 season. At "SNL," Josiah has mixed such artists as Sir Paul McCartney, Rhianna, Linkin Park, Beck, JayZ, Gotye, Michael Buble, Bon Iver, Florence & The Machine, Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Phoenix, Adelle, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Linkin Park, Beck, My Chemical Romance, Arctic Monkeys, Tenacious D, Lily Allen, James Blunt, Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson and Shakira live on the air. He also served as Technical Producer for the first six “SNL” titles released on DVD. For three seasons, Josiah was also music and post-production audio engineer for “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC) until its move to Los Angeles in 2005. While at Carson Daly, Josiah mixed live performances by Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Fountains of Wayne, The Dave Matthews Band, Damien Rice, Train and The Raveonettes, Switchfoot, and Ween to name but a few.

Josiah’s television career began in the fall of 1988 when he was recruited as music engineer for Broadway Video’s “Night Music,” hosted by David Sanborn and produced by Lorne Michaels (NBC). He has also mixed music live on the air for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast on NBC for which he won the local New York Emmy in 1998 for outstanding audio achievement.

Josiah entered the music business as a studio assistant in 1981 after serving as classical music director of WJHU-FM at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), where he earned a BA in Humanities and Art History. While at Hopkins, Josiah also studied classical music engineering at The Peabody Conservatory of Music. Josiah has been an active member of NARAS for many years, serving on the New York Chapter’s engineering committee seven times. He was also a featured panelist for the 1994 “Grammy in The Schools” program.

Josiah’s other talents include his extensive knowledge of film history and technology, including recent developments in digital-cinema audio systems, and general and special format presentation. He has traveled extensively in Europe (both Eastern and Western) as well as North Africa and is skilled in conversational French. A true born-and-bred New Yorker, Josiah resides in Manhattan with his wife, Barbara Friedland and their twins, Samuel and Sofia.