Smith-Green Sound's Mission
Smith-Green Sound provides sound reinforcement and recording services for non-profit groups and artists who might be otherwide unable to perform or record. There is no charge for services; any contributions may be used to repair or replace equipment but are usually contributed to nonprofits supporting musicians.
The only requirement is that someone be provided to assist Mike Squires in loading/unloading the equipment before and after its use.
Mike Squires was employed as a salesperson and repair technician in the 1970's and 1980's at The Audiophile (Gaithersburg, MD - high end audio) and Alan Audio in Bloomington. His first sound system (1964) used a pair of Altec 605A's driven by an Eico HF89 power amplifier. In the late 1970's he was technical editor for The Audiogram, a high end audio newsletter.
He has done sound for Filiz Cicek, Joe Donnelly, Scott Kellogg, Dennis McClure, and Tim O'Malley, among others. He has also provided equipment for the use of Dave Baas, Player's Pub, Rachael's Cafe, The Vallures and the Zero Boys.
Mike is seen playing at the Player's Pub blues jam on his 1953 Conn 12M bari (silver plate, original Brilhart LevelAire 5* mouthpiece)
The name "Smith-Green Sound" honors the brothers Joe and Russell Smith (trumpet) as well as Charles "Big" Green (bass trombone). Joe Smith led the Jazz Masters in the early 1920's and was a member of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Russell Smith was a mainstay of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra's trumpet section. Charles Green played bass trombone in the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Joe Smith and Charles Green were among Bessie Smith's favorite accompanists, and can be heard on many of her recordings. According to Rex Stewart (also a member of the Henderson Orchestra as well as Duke Ellington's) when Red Norvo arrived in New York with Paul Whiteman there was a discussion of his playing at the Rhythm Club, with some thinking there was no chance of his playing well. Joe Smith and Green, according to Stewart, told their colleagues "Don't make up your mind about a cat until you've heard him blow".