[Dixielandjazz] "Recording studio" acoustics

Burt Wilson futurecon at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 25 14:31:41 PDT 2003

One of the best halls for recording is the Jenny Lind hall in Oakland,
California. Lu Watters recorded there, the Bay City Band (which, to me, is
the best trad jazz album ever) and Bunk Johnson and Lu Watters recorded
there. Somebody else can add more names. The acoustics are absolutely

Burt Wilson
Silver Dollar Jazz Band

> [Original Message]
> From: Don Ingle <dingle at baldwin-net.com>
> To: George Thurmond <gmthur at delrio.com>; DJML
<dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> Date: 9/25/03 12:48:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] "Recording studio" acoustics
> Even more amazing was the quality of recordings made by major symphony
> orchestras in the '30 in setups of one mike hung in front of 60 musicans.
> IT speaks well of three things: the quality of many concert halls
> accoustic-wise; the value of well-rehearsed orchestras composed of major
> talent; and the dynamics that took care of themselves because of the keen
> attention to what was being played and how by the wisdom and taste of
> conductors.
> I have some old 78's that I played to death over the years of Beecham with
> the London, NY Symphony under A.T, and others.
>    Today's rock-oriented sound men have trouble sometimes understanding
> dynamics that the band is capable of making without their help, and feel
> compelled to play with the knobs or levers, and in the process taking all
> the natural dynamics out of the music. We once told a sound man to get the
> hell off the board after he dialed us too loud and removed all the
> When he objected we told him there were six of us and one of him so get
> hell off.
> The audience, overhearing the rhubarb, cheered.
> Don Ingle
> They stand up remarkable well.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "George Thurmond" <gmthur at delrio.com>
> To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:59 PM
> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] "Recording studio" acoustics
> >         I've been following this thread on the acoustical qualities of
> > venues of certain recordings, and finally have decided to air my
> on
> > the sounds captured by Bill Russell of the Bunk Johnson Band in San
> Jacinto
> > Hall in N.O. on those hot July and August days in 1944.  The band was
> > recorded on acetate discs with a single mike setup, and I have been
> > over all these years at the haunting echo effect caught on them by
> Russell.
> > They also have excellent fidelity, especially considering the primitive
> > recording equipment then available.
> >
> >         Russell's disc recorder was on display at the Palm Court in N.O.
> > some years ago - It still may be there.  I was transfixed staring in awe
> at
> > this old machine, thinking of its contribution to recorded jazz.  I
> > that San Jacinto Hall at 1422 Dumaine Street had been razed!
> >
> > Geo. Thurmond
> >
> >
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