Jazz On The Danube 2005 - A Festival of Superlatives
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Jazz On The Danube 2005 - A Festival of Superlatives

July 20th, 2005

A high quality sound reinforcement system from Telex Communications’ European wing EVI Audio ensured the artists sounded their best.

Straubing, Germany (July 2005): For 19 years now, the Jazz on the Danube festival (“Jazz an der Donau’ or “JAD’ to the natives) has been attracting world class stars to Lower Bavaria, making the list of artists to have left their visiting cards there (B.B. King, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Manhattan Transfer) a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz. After this year’s appearances by Diana Ross, Al Jarreau, George Duke, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard and other high caliber acts, that list just got longer... That these artists are major draws was evident from the turnout: with over 8,000 visitors, organizers Heinz and Ralph Huber were happy to report that last year’s attendance record had been beaten.

Although the JAD has long been regarded as one of the world’s top ten jazz festivals, somehow it has succeeded in preserving its charm and intimacy. One couldn’t help noticing how much the performers enjoyed being so close to the audience, as they responded to the frenetic applause with exuberant performances and prolific encores. Even Diana Ross, who in proper diva tradition gave the organizers a few headaches in the run-up with a gallimaufry of whims, left her airs and graces in the dressing room and let her hair down on stage: the legendary soul singer who gave the world Chain Reaction and Upside Down set the packed marquee on fire with a set that combined passion with musical sophistication - one of the absolute high points in the entire history of the festival.

But it wasn’t just the proximity between artists and audience and the charm of the setting that conspired to draw the very best from these much-travelled and much-acclaimed artists: it was also the quality of the sound. As six times Grammy award winner David Sanborn explained: “Whether a show goes off well or less well depends to a large extent upon the sound. In Straubing, it was perfect. Absolutely everything was right. For us, this performance, which was the culmination of a successful European tour, really put the cherry on the cake“. Similar sentiments regarding the quality of the sound equipment and the systems from EVI Audio were expressed by other musicians as well. According to Ralph Huber “All the performers - whether instrumentalists or vocalists - were delighted with the sound. You can’t ask for more than that.“

At the Jazz on the Danube festival 2005, the team led by Ingo Haasch and Sebastian Hesse opted for the following systems:


Electro-Voice XLC-System

(7 x EV XLC, 4 x EV XLC 118, 4 x EV X-Subs per side)



A mixture of EV Plasma, DYNACORD Madras; side fill: EV 2123 X-Subs


controllers, splitters and EQs from Klark Teknik (DN370, 9848, Helix)

Microphones: EV RE1/510


Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.

Guy Low

Public Relations Producer

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3935

Fax: 952-736-4582


James Edlund

Public Relations Manager

Telex Communications, Inc.

12000 Portland Ave. South

Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: 952-736-3901

Fax: 952-736-4582