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Men With a Horn: 1922

Men With a Horn: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Paul Specht band." Last seen at the Astor Roof Garden, and now in the recording studio also seen here. Note arrangement of the scores around the acoustic recording horn. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.


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That particular young man with a horn

There's a slight change in lineup since the last photograph, the most significant of which is trumpeter Frank Guarente, fourth from the left. Born in Italy, he was one of a significant coterie of early jazz musicians of Italian background. An interesting player, he went to Europe in 1924 spreading the gospel of early hot music. The pace of musical change during the decade was such that he was stylistically out of date upon his return in 1927, a scant three years later. Future bandleader Russ Morgan is also seen here on trombone.

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Columbia opened a studio in the new Woolworth Building, in 1913. I believe they were still recording there when this photo was taken.

Columbia Records Studio

Paul Specht and his band recorded for Columbia, and this is a view of their New York recording studio. I found a reference to an early Columbia Studio at 799 7th Ave (7th floor), and this may be that studio.

A very nice 1923 silent film showcasing the making of a record in one of Columbia's studios can be found here:

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