Rudy Van Gelder


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Van Gelder Studio

Rudy Van Gelder was the recording engineer for countless jazz records beginning in the 1940s. To say he was a pioneer seems like an understatement when you take into consideration not only the classic recordings he was involved with, but also the techniques and the studios he built that redefine the sound of recorded jazz, especially in the 1960s.  His passion for music started when he played trumpet in school.  "I wasn't very good so I sold tickets instead!"  While playing in the band, Rudy developed a love for ham radio, which developed into one of the most revered careers in audio electronics!