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Jeff Bova (born Jeffrey Bova in 1953) is an American Grammy Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger and record producer. He has been active in music industry since the mid-1970s, contributing to dozens of recordings by significant mainstream artists like Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Blondie, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Cyndi Lauper, Bill Laswell and Herbie Hancock, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, Meat Loaf, Missing Persons, Iron Maiden, and Billy Joel among others. Early life: Born in Washington D.C., he grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Being the son of a professional trumpet player, he took the instrument up for himself during elementary school and continued with it at the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Although he also had arranging and composition lessons by trumpet legend Maury Deutsch, he would choose to specialize in keyboards instead. After leaving college he participated in a Connecticut-based jazz fusion band called "Flying Island" and later on he moved back to New York to find a place into the R&B group Change (from 1982 to 1984). Career: 1980s: In 1983, and after having worked with Nona Hendryx, he met avant-garde bassist and record producer Bill Laswell, who was set to produce Herbie Hancock's Future Shock (the first part of the latter's "techno-funk" trilogy). The tour in support of that album found Bova on Hancock's live band, as he was proficient in the ARP Chroma (a much heard instrument on Future Shock). He would work with him for the next 5 years, contributing to the recordings of the final part of the trilogy (Perfect Machine), while he also programmed and composed tracks for several of the soundtracks Hancock has been working on, including that of the Sean Penn film Colours. Soon after, he started working on numerous projects that where held in the Power Station and eventually obtained a room of his own there (courtesy of the studio's owners Tony Bongiovi and Bob Walters). In 1987 fellow Power Station "resident", bassist Bernard Edwards (of Chic), formed the rock-funk supergroup Distance, with Bova on keyboards, Tony Thompson (also of Chic) on drums, future Bad Company member Robert Hart on lead vocals and Eddie Martinez on guitars. They released only one album, 1989's Under the One Sky on Reprise Records, which failed to chart. 1990s: During the 1990s Bova achieved great commercial success as a producer of Celine Dion's Grammy Award-winning album Falling into You. He also played Hammond organ and synthesizers with Meat Loaf on Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. "Back Into Hell," an instrumental track off of Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, was arranged and performed entirely by him, while "Fiesta De Las Almas Perdidas," a short song also written by Bova, was featured in Meat Loaf's 1995 album Welcome to the Neighborhood. Partial discography: Partial Jeff Bova's discography, as a keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer: Riptide - Robert Palmer, 1985, Starpeace - Yoko Ono, 1985, True Colors - Cyndi Lauper, 1986, Eat 'Em and Smile - David Lee Roth, 1986, The Bridge - Billy Joel, 1986, Color in Your Life - Missing Persons, 1986, Perfect Machine - Herbie Hancock, 1988, Instinct - Iggy Pop, 1988, Original Sin - Pandora's Box, 1989, A Night to Remember - Cyndi Lauper, 1989, Jody Watley - Jody Watley, 1989, Under the One Sky - Distance, 1989, Journeyman - Eric Clapton, 1989, Stranger in This Town - Richie Sambora, 1991, Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell - Meat Loaf, 1993, HIStory - Michael Jackson, 1995, Welcome to the Neighborhood - Meat Loaf, 1995, Falling into You - Celine Dion, 1996, Stories Told & Untold - Bad Company, 1996, In Deep - Tina Arena, 1997, Brave New World - Iron Maiden, 2000, Talk to Me - Joe McIntyre, 2006, Bag Of Bones - Europe, 2012, Notes: "Jeff Bova Website", "Mix" interview,]==External links== Change biography, v, t, e, Grammy Award for Album of the Year (1990s) Year Album Artist(s) Producer(s)* 1990 Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Don Was 1991 Back on the Block Quincy Jones and various artists Quincy Jones 1992 Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole André Fischer, David Foster, Tommy LiPuma 1993 Unplugged Eric Clapton Russ Titelman 1994 The Bodyguard:, Original Soundtrack Album Whitney Houston Babyface, BeBe Winans, David Cole, David Foster, L.A. Reid, Narada Michael Walden, Robert Clivillés 1995 MTV Unplugged Tony Bennett David Kahne 1996 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette Glen Ballard 1997 Falling into You Celine Dion Aldo Nova, Billy Steinberg, Dan Hill, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jeff Bova, Jim Steinman, John Jones, Ric Wake, Rick Hahn, Rick Nowels, Roy Bittan, Steven Rinkoff 1998 Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan Daniel Lanois 1999 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill Complete list, (1960s), (1970s), (1980s), (1990s), (2000s), (2010s), *Engineers/Mixers hidden unless notable Persondata Name Bova, Jeff Alternative names Short description American composer and musician Date of birth 1953 Place of birth Date of death Place of death

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