Interview with Jim Prohaska, April 12, 1996

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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In this interview with Jim Prohaska, Prohaska and the interviewer talk about Jeanette Records in Cleveland (Ohio). Schmidt Horning and Prohaska discuss early recording labels in Cleveland (Ohio), such as Vocalian Records, Eagle Records, and Okeh Records. Schmidt Horning and Prohaska also talk about the creation and early days of Cleveland Recording Studios, which started as a radio transcription service, as well as Schneider Recording and Curtis White Recording. They then talk about record labels that originated in the city.
Prohaska talks about when Okeh Records came to record in Cleveland (Ohio) in the 1920s. He then talks about Peer?s accomplishments as a recording director, recording such greats as Jimmie Rodgers and Jelly Roll Morton. Prohaska then recalls stories of recording jazz greats such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. They then talk about the remastering of a Duke Ellington recording.
Prohaska also talks about the placement of microphones in recordings from the 1920s and talks about early audio engineers in the 1920s. Finally, the interview ends with Prohaska showing his record collection and explaining the meaning of matrix numbers and other markings on records.

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2016oh176_chase008

Interviewee Name

Jim Prohaska

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1996-04-12

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Prohaska, Jim Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 12 Apr. 1996. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Prohaska, J. (1996, April 12). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Prohaska, Jim, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. April 12, 1996, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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