Jim Hall (musician)

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Jim Hall
Background = khaki

Img_capt = Jazz guitarist Jim Hall, in 2005
Birth_name = James Stanley Hall
Born = Birth date and age|1930|12|4|mf=y
Origin = Buffalo, New York
Genre = jazz/cool jazz/post-bop
Occupation = Guitarist, composer, arranger
Instrument = guitar
Notable Guitars = by Jimmy D'Aquisto
Years_active = 1955 - present
Label = ArtistShare, Telarc
Member_of = Chico Hamilton quintet, Jimmy Giuffre Three, Art Farmer quartet
Official Site = www.jimhallmusic.com

James Stanley Hall (born December 4, 1930, Buffalo, New York) is an American jazz guitarist.


Educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hall moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s.

There he studied classic guitar with Vincente Gómez.

He played with Chico Hamilton Quintet, (1955-1956), Jimmy Giuffre Trio (1956-1959), Ella Fitzgerald (1960-1961), Ben Webster, Hampton Hawes, Bob Brookmeyer, John Lewis, Zoot Sims, Paul Desmond, Lee Konitz and Bill Evans. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ron Carter are legendary.

His first formal recognition as a composer came in 1997, when Hall won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger. His pieces for string, brass, and vocal ensembles can be heard on his "Textures" and "By Arrangement" recordings. His original composition, "Quartet Plus Four," a piece for jazz quartet augmented by the Zapolski string quartet, was debuted in Denmark during the concert and ceremony where he was awarded the coveted Jazzpar Prize, and later released on CD.

His most recent large-scale composition was a concerto for guitar and orchestra, commissioned by Towson University in Maryland for The First World Guitar Congress, which was debuted in June 2004 with the Baltimore Symphony. He was awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship award in January 2004.

In October 2008, an sudden medical emergency requiring back surgery forced Mr.Hall to cancel a series of planned appearances with guitarist Bill Frisell. Russell Malone was hired to take Mr. Hall's place on the bill.

Jim's wife, Jane, is a psychoanalyst and a songwriter. They currently live in New York City’s Greenwich Village.


*"Street Swingers" (1957) - with Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Raney
*"Good Friday Blues" (1960) - with the Modest Jazz Trio
*"Undercurrent" (1962) - with Bill Evans
*"Intermodulation" (1966) - with Bill Evans
*"...Where Would I Be?" (1971)
*"Alone Together" (1972) - with Ron Carter
*"Concierto" (1975)
*"Jim Hall Live!" (1975)
*"Jim Hall Live in Tokyo" (1976)
*"Jim Hall and Red Mitchell" (1978) - duo recorded live at Sweet Basil
*"Circles" (1981)
*"Power of Three (1986) - with Michel Petrucciani and Wayne Shorter
*"These Rooms" (1988)
*"All Across the City" (1989)
*"Live at Town Hall, Vol. 1" (1990)
*"Live at Town Hall, Vol. 2" (1990)
*"Subsequently" (1991)
*"Youkali" (1993)
*"Alone Together" (1993)
*"Dedications & Inspirations" (1993)
*"Dialogues" (1995)
*"Live at the Village West" (1995) - with Ron Carter
*"Textures" (1996)
*"By Arrangement" (1998)
*"Jim Hall & Pat Metheny" (1999)
*"Grand Slam: Live at the Regatta Bar" (2000) - with Joe Lovano
*"Jim Hall & Basses" (2001)

External links

* [http://www.jimhallmusic.com Jim Hall's Official Website]
* [http://www.ejn.it/mus/hall.htm Profile at the Europe Jazz Network]
* [http://www.gould68.freeserve.co.uk/JimHall3.html A fan page]
* [http://www.jazzguitar.be/jim_hall_licks.html Jim Hall guitar tabs]
* [http://www.jazz.com/features-and-interviews/2008/9/12/in-conversation-with-jim-hall "In Conversation with Jim Hall"] by Patrick Spurling ( [http://www.jazz.com Jazz.com] )

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