Celebrating its 40th year in bringing top jazz musicians to the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (www.jazz.uidaho.edu, February 21-24, 2007) sees longtime engineer Terry Evans manning front of house, where he will be mixing from a recently upgraded sound system with the help of numerous engineers.
How did you get started with this event?
I have been involved for more than 25 years. I started competing at it when I was in junior high. I have been the jazz festival’s production manager for 15 years and the FOH engineer for the past 10 years. A few years ago, I added an assistant FOH engineer, Anji LaBaw. My 10-year monitor engineer is Pete Hume, and his assistant monitor engineer is Mike Locke. My recording engineer is Hal Logan and his assistant engineer is Aaron Mayhugh.
What gear will you be using?
We are using a JBL three-way system with Architecture Series cabinets: AS-2222 and AS-4642 18-inch sub cabinets. We use a BSS Omnidrive controller and QSC amps to drive the system. Our FOH board is a Soundcraft Series Five, as is our monitor board. We also use a sponsored Allen & Heath ML5000 for the recording console. In addition to mixing to two tracks for video production, we multitrack-record onto five Tascam DA-88s and a Tascam DA-98. We use sponsored AKG microphones onstage.
In addition to the concert venue, we also produce the audio recording and reinforcement for 21 competition and clinic sites at which more than 15,000 students attend during each day.
Tell me a bit about the system upgrade.
We installed the system for our football stadium with the festival in mind and purchased a modular system that could be used for football and reconfigured for concerts. Before this, we contracted regional sound companies to support the festival.
Click here for a pdf of the CAD drawings of production setup for this year’s festival, courtesy Terry Evans.
Click here for a photo gallery of past Lionel Hampton Jazz Festivals.