Yes, this is how it was done BEFORE there were microphones. The recording horn! This is a picture of Bix Beiderbecke and his band recording in a ‘state of the art’ recording studios of the early twenties. He has his arm around the neck of a very young Tommy Dorsey and on the left is that legendarty of banjoists, whose name defines the very spirit of American capitalism…Howdy Quicksell!!!
This is Bix’s OTHER band of the time…The Wolverines….
…recording at the Gennett Studios.
Below, you’ll find just a few common Jazz 78rpm labels to look for, especially if you live in the USA or Europe.
Almost all the labels below are reasonably easy to find and represent some really great music!
(NB The are LOTS of labels here, so this page may be slow to load. Also, the colours may not be EXACTLY true to life and many of these scans are largwer than the real labels)