Instrument: Clarinet | AMT Products Used: WS | WSW – Shure | WSW – Sennheiser | WS – Studio
“I LOVE the Mic!!!!!! It gives me the flexibilty I need for nuance and shading that no other microphone has given me. And… I still sound like myself!!!!! It’s as if I am playing acoustically but with amplification and the ability to adjust to any venue’s acoustics. Thanks!!! I think this mic is really the answer to clarinet players… having struggled with trying to use microphones in live concerts for some 30 years, I am really thrilled about this. Again, thank you for contacting me about it… there will be many moments of expression that will happen with precision because of the incremental control I have with this system, not to mention the second mic on the bell… leaves spontaneity where it should be in a performance… spontaneous!!! Having to suddenly adjust to a traditional microphone in a solo is not only a distraction for me, it leaves much to be desired in terms of accuracy.”
– Harry Skoler
Jazz clarinetist Harry Skoler was born in Syracuse, NY in 1956. Harry is a Professor of Woodwinds at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee in 1978, and a Master’s of Music degree from New England Conservatory in 1986, where he studied with legendary jazz great Jimmy Giuffre. His recordings include Conversations in the Language of Jazz, Reflections on the Art of Swing – A Tribute to Benny Goodman, A Work of Heart on Brownstone Recordings, and Two Ones on Soliloquy Records.
He has authored articles on jazz education, including a “Pro-Workshop” article in Downbeat magazine, and has been included with a biography and philosophy of artistry in Gianluca Campagnolo’s Volume 10 method book for clarinet, which features bios and tips from many of today’s prominent clarinetists. In 2005 Harry contributed to a clarinet method book by Vandoren and published by Carl Fischer entitled The Vandoren Etude & Exercise Book for Clarinet – The Secrets of Ten Master Clarinetists and in 2007 Harry contributed to a jazz saxophone method book by Vandoren and published by Carl Fischer entitled The Vandojazz Etude and Exercise Book for Saxophone – The Secrets of Ten Master Saxophonists.
He has garnered numerous national and international reviews, including reviews in Jazz Times, Downbeat, and Jazziz among others. Cover features include Strictly Jazz, Jazz Quarterly, Northeast Performer, and Jazz Now magazines – and bio/reviews in AMG’s All Music Guide to Jazz book. He has been “charted” for national radio airplay on Gavin Magazine’s Jazz Chart, and in April 2000, he charted at #8! on Jazziz Magazine’s Top 40 “Radioactive” chart. Performances include national jazz clubs and festivals, including performances at the Blue Note in NYC, and tours in Costa Rica, Japan and Norway.
In addition to touring with his group, Harry reaches thousands of young people each year with the educational ensemble “Adventures With Jazz”. Harry has been featured on many national radio interviews and on the nationally televised BET program “Jazz Discovery”. Endorsements include Buffet Group USA, Vandoren Reeds, Mouthpieces, and Accessories, and Applied Microphone Technology, Inc.. He lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife Joanne, and children Daniel, Amelia, and Gianna.