Jessica Thompson is a GRAMMY-nominated mastering and restoration engineer and audio preservationist working in the San Francisco Bay area.
She has remastered, restored, and revived historic recordings from the Bottom Line, Caffè Lena, Woody Guthrie, Erroll Garner, and Barbara Dane Archives, and the Ash Grove and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festival archives, including performances by Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Doc Watson, Miles Davis, Jean Ritchie and Dave Von Ronk. She has cleaned, digitized and restored rare vinyl and cassette recordings for Awesome Tapes from Africa (Ata Kak, Hailu Mergia) Manufactured Recordings (Beach Bullies, California Playboys), Smithsonian Folkways (Barbara Dane), and several Numero Group compilations. And she has mastered new records for Ron Pope, Michael Daves, The Grassy Knoll, Los Dreamers, Sean Costello, Cultfever, Kim Taylor, Chris Riffle, Natalie Merchant, and Train.
Her restoration of Ata Kak's Obaa Sima was FACT Magazine's Reissue of the Year, 2015, and her remaster of Mickey Newbury’s seminal albums for the box set An American Trilogy (Drag City/Cargo UK) was Mojo Magazine’s Reissue of the Year, 2011.
Jessica serves as Vice President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy and on the board of the SF Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society. She is also a member of the AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the technical committee of the Association For Recorded Sound Collections.
She writes for Tape Op.
In her previous career as a radio producer and announcer, she interviewed drummer Max Roach and the organ player at Fenway Park for WGBH. She has spun records and CDs on the airwaves of WGBH, WFMU, WZBC and WESU.