With condos sprouting like weeds around the corner of Southeast 20th Avenue and Morrison Street, where Jackpot! Recording Studio is located, it was fairly obvious that the historic recording studio, run by Portland music staple Larry Crane for the last 10 years, would soon be moving. And it is, as stated in a press release issued by Crane this afternoon. Here's what we didn't expect: While Jackpot! will remain in Portland (at a new location), its owner will not.
Crane explains the studio's new terrain:
In December 2006 Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc. will reopen in a location at 2420 SE 50th (at Division) in a new building being built by (and shared with) Hamptone (a local pro audio company). This larger facility will offer higher ceilings, more isolation rooms, a backyard patio and a convenient location. Businesses like Stumptown Coffee, Trade Up Music, Bay Leaf and Carpe Vinum have increased the activity in this region, and Jackpot! can't wait to be part of this scene.
Crane, who is also responsible for publishing TapeOp magazine for recording studio brains, explains the end of his reign:
Related to all this is Jackpot! Recording Studio owner, Larry Crane's adventure. He will be moving to Bisbee, Arizona, a small town in the high desert of Arizona. The move is for both personal and business reasons, one being that more time is needed to devote to Tape Op Magazine and its conference, TapeOpCon - as well as the fact that much of his year is spent on the road these days. This move will be happening through the fall and winter of 2006, though he will obviously be in Portland to oversee the movÌing of Jackpot! Recording Studio. He will also be keeping an apartment near the new studio location and returning to record sessions at his studio. Jackpot! Recording Studio will continue on under his ownership as always and with the expert management of Kendra Wright.
Crane explains something non-musicians might find arcane:
Please understand that until the opening at the new location the current location, 1925 SE Morrison, will be open except for a few weeks of transition. We have been booked nearly solid every month with exciting projects, and as of January this year Jackpot! hired its first employee, Kendra Wright, a Full Sail graduate who not only books, runs and manages the studio but has been engineering sessions with Heroes & Villains (album out soon), Britt Daniels (Spoon), Gil Landry (Nettwerk) and others. We've also increased our roster of freelance engineers, with Pat Kearns, Jeff Stuart Saltzman, Adam Pike, Christina Files, Matthew Morgan, Antreo Pukay, Jon Cohrs, Jeremy Sherrer and Jordan Richter bringing in many sessions.
Jackpot! Recording Studio: jackpotstudio.com
TapeOp Magazine: tapeop.com
Photo: Crane, left, with Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. By Roman Sokal.