- a brief bio -
His credits include: Ariana Grande, Ben Platt, Barbra Streisand, Lou Reed, The Chieftains, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Sinead O’Conner, Vince Gill, Sting, Diana Krall, Renée Fleming, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Kool and the Gang, Maureen McGovern, Ry Cooder, Lyle Lovett, Laurie Berkner, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Crystal, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Danza, Loudon Wainwright III, , Rupert Holmes, The Lord of the Rings (Academy Award and Grammy Award - Best Score), and many others.
He has produced the Cast Recordings: "Parade -2023 Broadway Cast Recording" (6 Tony Nominations) "Mr. Saturday Night" (5 Tony Nominations | 2023 Grammy Nomination- Original Broadway Cast Recording ) "Parade" (Tony Award for Best Musical and Score and Drama Desk Award)“Xanadu” (Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Nomination) "The Last Five Years," “13,” “The Bridges of Madison County,”"Honeymoon In Vegas,” “Prince of Broadway” Jonathan Larson’s: "tick, tick...BOOM!" “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” "The Rocky Horror Show," Jeffrey directed the Emmy®Award winning vocal performances of Eartha Kitt, and the Emmy® Nominated vocal performance of Steven Tyler also Brooke Shields, Ziggy Marley, Idina Menzel, Mandy Patinkin, Kenan Thompson, Ben Vereen, Tim Curry and many others.
Lesser’s Television work can be heard on: "The Wonder Pets!" Emmy® Awards, "Welcome to the Wayne" on Nickelodeon Emmy®and Grammy awarded: "The Irish in America: Long Journey Home" on PBS. “3rd & Bird!,” “Small Potatoes,” on BBC and Disney ”Oobi!,” “Piper O’Possum,” on Noggin. “Olive Branch” on Nick Jr, “Go, Baby!” on Playhouse Disney, “Copper” on BBC America, “Blue Bloods” on CBS and “Super Wings,” “Sing It, Laurie!” on Sprout.
Jeffrey has been a featured speaker at: KidScreen; Children’s Media Association; Grammy 360; Indie Connect; Institute for Audio Research; SAE Institute; Montclair International Film Festival; Little Airplane Academy. Member of the Board of Governors of the NY Emmy® Awards Chapter; Trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Grammy Comittee Chairman; member of the Emmy® National Academy; SAG/AFTRA
Born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City, Lesser began his career in New York. He has lived in Los Angeles and England. With a sterling international reputation, his impressive credits include some of the finest musical talent in modern recording. He is proud of his daughters, who both work in television: Kelsey is an Emmy® awarded Supervising Producer on CBS - “Entertainment Tonight.” Lucy is an Emmy® nominated Independent Producer, Director, Writer and Show Runner. Jeffrey is also in love with his his two grandchildren, Milo Jet and Charlotte Marie.