There have been four guitarists that changed and defined the jazz medium for many generations to come. Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Jim Hall. These musicians were some of the most important guitar architects that influenced how musicians played, thought, and conceived how the technique of instrument should be taken seriously.
At 81 years young, Jim Hall continues to shine a light not only on his artistry, but continues to openly give his musical gift to music fans all over the world. Jim is celebrating this year by touring as well as releasing two new live recordings on the ArtistShare label. “Jim Hall Live at Bourbon Street volumes 3 & 4” was recorded at the famed Bourbon Street club in Toronto, Canada featuring a trio that consisted of Terry Clarke and Don Thompson recorded in 1975.He also has a brand new recording featuring his quartet recorded at Birdland last year with Joey Baron, Greg Osby, and Steve Laspina.
Born James Stanley Hall on December 4, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, Hall grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he grew up in a a musical family. Jim’s mother gave him a guitar for Christmas at 10 and from there he became instantly enthralled with the instrument. When he was 13 he heard the legendary Charlie Christian on record and inspired him to pursue the guitar professionally.
Jim also played and studied the double bass and piano when he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Upon graduating school he moved to Los Angeles, California where he threw himself in the fast-paced music scene where he joined drummer Chico Hamilton’s quintet.Throughout his 60 years as a musician and educator Jim has played and recorded with the likes of Lee Konitz, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Bob Brookmeyer, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, George Shearing, and Joe Lovano just to name a few.
Jim continues to tour and shows no signs of slowing down. Currently he’s about to embark on a summer and fall tour with his new quartet featuring guitarist Julian Lage, drummer Joey Baron, and bassist Scott Colley. For upcoming club and festival dates or to order Jim’s latest live recordings please visit him online at jimhallmusic.com.