Originally Posted by chief bogan
Long time lurker posting again after many years.
I was talking to a friend who is of sufficient years to have heard jazz live in the 50s. He says he saw bass players with Stan Kenton using amps in the 50s, specifically Don Bagley, who posts on TalkBass. I was intrigued. Is this true? Were they using pickups, and if so, what? Or were they miking the bass? Or is my friend's memory addled?
There evidently a quite few players who used these pickups including Chubby Jackson and Don Bagley. Oscar Pettiford even appeared in an Ampeg Bass Amp Ad.
I remember hearing this pickup and the DeArmond. They pale in comparison to the microphones that were around in the 50's. Since Oscar, Don, and Chubby all played in big bands I can see that they might be appealing to those players.
I believe there are pictures of Jimmy Blanton standing directly in front of the microphone, at concerts in the late 30's and early 40's. Duke was apparently aware that this would make a difference projecting the bass out to the audience. What
I don't know is whether they just did this for his solos, or he used it all the time. Back in those days, there was usually only one mic on the stage. I found this picture of Oscar Pettiford and Lucky Thompson a while ago. Oscar has a mic for himself and he's playing with a bow!
You'll notice that there is an Ampeg Bass Amp directly behind him to the right.