Despite record summer heat and storms, the summer has been busy with lots of shows. June 8th I was in Burlington, VT mixing FOH for the amazing Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony. June 24th I was in Sioux Falls, SD to provide monitor tech support for Alabama and Drew Green at the Denny Sanford Premier Center Areana. The following week I was in Omaha for the Memroial Park concert where I mixed monitors for Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone and provided tech support for Melisa Etheridge.
From the Memorial Park concert I went right into July 4th with the Omaha Symphony. I was on hand at The Gene Leahy Mall to provide FOH tech support for The UNOTheatre Summer Musical Theatre Academy and to mix monitors for the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. We battled trough a couple of rain showers, but all of the shows went on. I kicked off the Omaha Jazz On The Green concert series by mixing monitors for Larry Mcray on July 6, I was back on July 13th to mix FOH for Xperience and back on Juy 20th to mix FOH for Ron Artis II. On July 14th I was back at Turner park in Omaha to kick off the Playing with Fire Concert Series. I had the pleasure of mixing FOH for Eddie 9V and Sugar Ray Rayford. On July 15th the music continued and I was on hand to mix FOH for Dom Martin from Ireland and Twelve Bar Blues Band from the Netherlands.
I finished out the month of July by once again providing tech suport and mixing FOH for the B stage at the MAHA music festival. The weather was a challenge, but safety first and some delays in the schedule and all shows went on as as planned with no issues. No slowing down, I jumped right back into recording and mixing in the studio. I am working on a new single for the Heavy Metal band Banshee, more on that to come. I was on-site in Platsmouth, NE to record a piano that is over 150 years old for a new single from Zuneg and the Doom Choir. Recording and editing continues for the band Pearl Parade from Lincoln, NE on songs for there upcoming album release. Final mixes for Sony Sundstrum and several other artists have been delivered, more news to follow on those.
Congratulations to Sonny Sundstrum on the release of his album "Rare Perspectives". This is a wonderful collection of original songs performed and sung by Sonny. This was our first recording project working together and we have since been in the studio recording and mixing another soon to be released project. Keep an eye out for more great things to come from Sonny Sundstrum.
May 26, 2023
Congratulations to Thomas Hughes on the release of his album "The Journey Of Life". This release marks the culmanation of not only an amazing, musical effort from Thomas, his co-writer, the musicians and all of the production team; but this relase is Thomas' reward for years of struggle and hard work overcoming a devastating Traumatic Brain Injury. [ TBI ] In 1996 Thomas was in a horrific motor vehicle accident that left him in a wheel chair, his life forever changed. Not one looking for sympathy, or handouts Thomas has continued to work hard and follow his dream to express himself through his music. The first song on the album, "Accept Me" is probably the best description of the struggles he faces on a daily basis and the man Thomas is and strives to be every day. The album can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major on-line retailers and streaming services.
Congratulations to The Leeward Fits on the release of the 1st single "A Classic Goodbye" from the new release "EP IV". Once again we brought together the team of Alex Schmidt on vocals and guitars, Timothy Zick on drums and Jon Packard on bass. It is always a pleasure and an honor to play with such talented musicians. Thanks again to The Leeward Fits for trusting me to record and mix all of the music for this latest release.
Congratulations to author Carrie Hayes on the release of her audio book / audio drama "Naked Truth Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit". From her novel, based on the true story of the 1st woman to run for President of the United States Naked Truth Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit was a challenging, but very rewarding project to work on. I was happy to be asked to be part of the team that helped produce this exciting drama full of twists and turns. You can find the audio book on Spotify and SCRIBD.
April 3, 2023
Cheers once again to Blue House and The Rent To Own Horns on their third video release "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" from their live, in-studio album recording "Can't Sit Still". This song features another masterful horn arrangement by Stan Harper. It is always a pleasure to be in the studio with these outstanding musicians. Thanks again to all of the band for trusting me with their sound.
I finished out 2022 by going on tour with Mannheim Steamroller. I mixed FOH for the Red Tour. We did 47 shows in 41 cities from November to December. I was fortunate to work with an amazing crew and exceptial band that always delivered an extraordinary show every day despite the challenges of weather, schedule and life on the road.
From the snow and cold of the east coast, I started 2023 mixing FOH for Dee Dee Bridgewater on The Jazz Cruise. I was so excited to be reunited with all of the amazing musicians and this year was extra special as I was reunited with old friends [and exceptional tecnicians] working production on the ship. From systems techs to monitor world, it was one big family reunion.
I finished out the winter concert season with a stop in Knoxville, TN where I mixed front of house for Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. This was my 1st time mixing on the Waves LV1 mixing system. I was impressed with the tech and surprised how intuitive it was. A full house was treated to an exceptional and energetic performance.
September 15, 2022
Summer 2022 continued to be a big success.
I hand plenty of time on the road with shows in wonderful locations from Montreal, Canada to Ravello, Italy. The highlight of the European swing was a stop at one of my favorite festivals, Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.
I was on hand to mix FOH for Dee Dee Bridgewater and Memphis Soulphony. Summer tour season wrapped up with shows in my home state of Colorado with shows in Vail, Aspen and Telluride.
Back in the studio after tour, I completed mixes for Tyler Anthony, Skematica, The Silent Flame Within and composer / recording artist Elisa Castillo.
Congratulations to Tyler Anthony on the release of his new album What Are You Waiting For. Blue House and the Rent To Own Horns are also
having great success with their release, Can't Sit Still. I had the pleasure
of getting to play drums on projects for The Leeward Fits and John Crews. I am looking forward to the release of this new music.
Rolling into the fall, I have recording and mix sessions for both long standing cleints and new clients alike covering all genres of music and some exciting new audio book projects.
April 25, 2022
As we all continue to recover from the long lasting effects of the Covid pandemic, the music industry is leading the way to getting us back to normal. I am very blessed to be off and running this spring with multiple studio projects and a European tour.
I was very excited to be back in the studio in late February and March with Blue House and the Rent To Own Horns. We were at Rainbow Recording in Omaha, NE for our 3rd recording collaboration. A multi-camera video crew was on hand to capture the live studio recording. Mixes are under way and we all are looking forward to the relewase of the new album and videos from the live studio session.
In March I was back at Rainbow Recording to start work on an album for a great, young singer and songwriter Tyler Anthony. Tyler was in the studio with his band The Trainwrecks to record all original music for his new album to be released later this spring. We had lots of amazing support from family and friends during our 3 days in the studio.
In April I hit the road again with the amazing Dee Dee Bridgewater. We kicked of the tour with a show at the Cully Jazz Festival in Switzerland with Dee Dee's sextet. From there we were off to Belgium for 2 shows with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra before meeting up again with the sextet for shows through out Italy including Pisa, Rome, Trento and Cagliari. We closed out the tour with 2 amazing shows at Ronnie Scott's in London, England. I made a quick flight back to the states to wrap up this run with 2 shows in Durango, CO with Curtis Stigers at Durango Cool Jazz.
December 2, 2021
What a blast to be in the studio this month with Banshee. We spent some time at Rainow Recording Studios in Omaha, NE transferring audio from original
recordings made in 1985 on 2" analog tape to ProTools. Once the transfers were complete, I was honored to be asked to do the digital
re-mix of the band's hit single
"Cry In The Night". After a couple of sessions with the band to get things just right, the band released the re-mix to the world. You can preview the new release on Apple Music, or your favorite music streaming service. I am looking forward to working with the band this spring on some new material. Stay tuned for more great rock music from Banshee.
August 17, 2021
As the entertainment industry and our country as a whole begins to emerge from COVID lockdowns, I am happy to be back working with artists and audiences around the world. Things kicked of in July with the Saturday In The Park festival in Sioux City, IA. I was on hand providing technical support on stage and mixing monitors for several of the bands during the 2 day festival.
Mid July found me on the road for a 10 day tour in Italy with the incomparable Ms. Dee Dee Bridgewater where I was the FOH mix engineer for shows with her quintet along with a special performance in Palermo with a big band. We had an amazing tour and it was such a blessing to be reunited with some very close friends. The audiences were amazing and as always, Italy provided some spectacular venues for our performances.
I have been equally as busy in the studio recording, mixing and even playing drums. Special congrats to my good friend The Leeward Fits on the release of his new single "Living In Oblivion". It is always such a pleasure to get to play drums with and mix for him. Go out and get your copy of this song and add it to your playlist, you'll be glad you did. I am looking forward to our next collaboration.
I also had the good fortune to be in the studio recording and mixing songs with Zuneg The Band for an upcoming album release. We have spent several days at Rainbow Recording Studios in Omaha working on the new music. Several singles from the album have already been released. Make sure to check them out and download your copies.
Moving into August things are staying busy with pre-production work in full swing for 2 new albums I am engineering and producing. Stay tuned for more information as the sessions get under way. I had the amazing opportunity to mix FOH for Noah Guthrie at the Barnato Lounge. If you don't know Noah's music, you should. Make sure and visit his website to learn more.
April 29, 2021
Kent Hertz, Hertz
Productions, was in house at Rainbow Recording Studios in Omaha, NE to master the latest release from The
Steve Miller Band. The project, a previously unreleased live concert recording
from 1977. "Breaking Ground" will be arriving via Sailor/Capitol/UMe on Friday, May 14. A variety of formats will be available, including digital, CD, and 2xLP black vinyl. The live
concert video will be available to stream on The Coda Collection on Amazon Prime Video. Rainbow Recording Studios owner Nils Erickson and myself were on hand to assist Kent Hertz [engineer for Steve Miller] master audio for the HD audio release of "Breaking Ground".
I had the pleasure of setting up the analog tape recorder, Protools recording system, hardware EQ's and calibrating the recording and monitoring systems. We made use of 2 ProTools recording and
playback systems, an Otari 1/2" 2-track mastering tape recorder and White parametric EQ's to process the audio before being captured to digital via Avid ProTools at
192 kHz. It was an absolute pleasure working with Kent and we both look forward to future colaborations.