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Hall, Darryl

Hall, Darryl, bassist; b. Philadelphia, PA, 10 November 1963. His mother was from Greenville, SC, and his father was from Richmond, VA. His father had rich appreciation for African American music, from Ray Charles to Coltrane and Muddy Waters, as well as non-African artists such as Barbara Streisand and John Denver which influenced Darryl's wide taste.

He attended Wagner Jr. High School (1975-78) and started playing electric bass, self-taught, inspired by funk bass craze and bassists Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Lewis Johnson (Brothers Johnson) and other funk music at the time, performed with school band. He played Fender jazz bass with local bands, usually with older musicians. Attended Temple University, 1981-86 (BA in Marketing), remained self-taught. Took music appreciation course and learned rudiments of notation and theory.

Around 1984, he joined a local young group (Touch of Class) formed by elder local legend, saxophonist Tony Williams, whose son played sax in band. Also during this time performed often with Monette Sudler ("first lady of jazz guitar"). Gerald Price, jazz pianist for Sonny Stitt, Dakota Staton, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. became music director of the youth band, and eventually mentor to Darryl.

In 1989, while working in marketing for James River Paper Corp., Darryl purchased a plywood upright bass from the husband of Philadelphian vocalist Suzanne Cloud. From there, he started taking private lessons from renowned bassist Tyrone Brown (Max Roach, Grover Washington, and Odean Pope). Tyrone taught Darryl the essentials of the instrument, positions and reading. Following that, he received periodic coaching from Gerald Price on harmony, swing, and understanding music and emotion. Pianist Eddie Green (Billy Paul, Catalyst) became another important figure in Darryl's musical development thru understanding other kinds of harmonic approaches and rhythm. By 1991 he worked throughout the Philadelphia region and performed with the likes of Bootsy Barnes(ts), Johnny Coles (tp), Dennis Diblasio (bs), pianists Sam Dockery and Don Wilson,  vocalists Mrs. Justine Keyes and Rachelle Ferrell.

In 1992, Darryl quit his job to do music full time. In 1994, first European tour was with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. Around the end of 1994, he moved to Jersey City, NJ, becoming involved in the North Jersey music scene and slowly into NYC. Met Winard (dm) and Philip Harper (tp) around this time (Harper Brothers). Did European tour with Winard's band, played a week at Bradley's with Philip. He met Dr. Lewis Porter in 1995 and got involved in teaching part-time at Rutgers U. in Newark, NJ. At Rutgers, he was a bass instructor (1996-1997).

In 1996, he became winner of the Thelonious Monk International Bass competition. He then moved to Brooklyn. He started working with vocalist Carla Cook, did SS Norway jazz cruise with Jimmy Heath (sax). During 1997-98, he worked with alto Antonio Hart's band (European and Japanese tours), along with various artists including vocalist Vanessa Rubin (v), Teodross Avery (ts), Donald Byrd (tp), and Sonny Fortune (as), Mark Gross (as), Don Braden (ts), Lionel Hampton and his Big Band, doing lots of international and domestic touring.  Also, Carla Cook introduced Darryl to Regina Carter (violin). He recorded and worked in their bands for about two years, as well as with Ravi Coltrane (ts) on a regular basis. Met Tom Harrell (tp) around this time thru Greg Tardy (ts), and started doing work with his band, including a European tour (2000). He lived in Zurich, Switzerland for almost a year, performed locally and joined up with American bands touring Europe, including a European tour with Woody Herman's Big Band. He returned to the states in 2000. Also, he was married to Catherine Henry from France, who used to be a writer for French publication Jazz Hot magazine.

In 2001, Darryl toured with Steve Wilson (alto). He attended Manhattan School of Music and completed one year of Masters degree program in Composition. In 2002, gigged as sideman with many talents, including Joe Wilder (tp), Mulgrew Miller (p), Bruce Barth (p), Benny Powell (tbn), and renowned pianist Hank Jones. Other talents whom he's collaborated with include Howard Johnson (tuba), James Williams (p), Frank Wess (ts). Has worked with Mark Murphy (v) and recorded projects for High Note Records including Norman Simmons (p), Grady Tate(dm), Bill Easley (ts), and Paul Bollenbeck (g)  Still performs on electric bass and has been learning  computer midi composing and recording to pursue  electric projects.

Subtle Touch (2000)

As sideperson:
Jimmy Greene: Introducing Jimmy Greene (1997); Mark Gross: Preach Daddy (1998); Isao Miyoshi with Toots Thielemans Your Smile (1998);
Jim Ridl: Five Minutes to Madness and Joy (1999); Denis Di Blasio: Perpetual Baggage Claim (1999); Carla Cook: All about Love (1999, Grammy Award Nominated); Teodross Avery: New Day (1999); Regina Carter: Motor City Moments (2000); Mark Gross: Riddle of the Sphinx (2000); Ravi Coltane: Mad Six (2002)

Ravi Coltrane(s) 8 country European tour, Oct-Nov 2002
Hank Jones(p) in California and Seattle, July 2002
Ravi Coltrane (s) in Europe October 2002
Hank Jones (p) in the U.S. July 2002
Steve Wilson(s) in Europe January 2000
Regina Carter (vln), in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Japan, 1998-2000
Ravi Coltrane (s), in the U.S. and Europe, 1998-2000
Tom Harrell (tp), in the U.S. 1999
The Woody Herman Orchestra, in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East, 1999
Antonio Hart (s), in Europe, 1997
Vanessa Rubin (voc), in Europe and Africa, 1997
Carla Cook (voc), in Europe, 1998
Rachelle Ferrell (voc), in the U.S., 1996
Abdullah Ibrahim (p), in Europe, 1995

Contact information:
Darryl Hall
329 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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