[Dixielandjazz] Accoustic performance was Volume

D and R Hardie darnhard at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jun 8 16:42:29 PDT 2007

Hi All,
           The recent comments on volume brought me out of lurking mode. 
At  a recent concert for the
Southern Highlands Classic Razz and Ragtime Festival the Buddy Bolden 
Revival Orchestra
did a 2 hour concert in a large theatre with good accoustics. For 
various reasons we decided to dispense
with amplification. When I announced that  like bands of the Bolden era 
we would  use  no amplification  the audience broke into spontaneous 
applause. As it turned out we had no problems filling the space and 
even the vocals could be heard clearly. A representative of the 
Victorian Jazz Archive who filmed and  recorded the festival from the 
balcony  later told me the sound quality was better than that of other 
bands using amplification. This was the first time outside our small 
rehearsal space we had been able to perform without amplification and 
the first time we had heard the authentic balance of instruments from 
Buddy's time. Those of us young enough to remember performing in halls 
in the non electronic days were not surprised that the sound level was 
adequate. Thems was the days.

Dan Hardie
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