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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001166.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Electronic Acoustical Performance
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 08:47:52 -0400

At 10:02 PM 6/29/2003 -0400, Karl Krelove wrote:
>...Did the original jazz bands of the 1920's and
>1930's have amplification at all? I wasn't there, so I honestly don't know.
>My only exposure to anything earlier than the mid-1950s is via recordings,
>so I can't tell.

In the 1940's, using electronic amplification even for the guitar was
considered pretty radical, but it did allow the guitarist to solo and be heard.

In 1935, when the early Benny Goodman band replaced Guy Lombardo at the
Roosevelt Hotel in New York, he received his two-week notice
immediately. The complaint was that the band was "too loud." At this
time, he was carrying only 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 4 saxes (plus himself),
and 4 rhythm, with NO amplification, other than for the vocalist.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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