[Dixielandjazz] Clarinet or Soprano?
russg at redshift.com
Mon Jun 6 12:28:05 PDT 2005
It is nice to report,
My small Dixie band played at a three day air show last week, outside on
the airstrip where they tie down the planes for display.
We were keyboard, bass sax, drums and me on clarinet.
I discovered that outdoors the soprano sax was a better choice than
clarinet as it had more projection and richer harmonics.
This was the best air show we ever did. The manager said we were a
"legend". Mark Allen Jones was on the keys. Without him we would have
sounded ordinary. I think the soprano also made a difference.
We did not have electricity for the keyboard and amp, so I bought a
"power pac" at Costco, which I now recommend to any band that does
outdoor work, not always close to electricity. It's heavy, but a great
accessory to power up mics and electronic equipment. One note, a
guitarist on one gig discovered his old "tube" amp buzzed with this
power source, but the fully "chipped" amps were OK.
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