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Hall, Stephen (Frank)

Hall, Stephen (Frank), saxophone-tenor/soprano, composer; b. Montreal, Canada, 7 March 1953. His father was Albert (b. March 7 1920 d. 1997) and his mother is B. Ruth Blennerhassett (b. 1923). Both parents had basic piano skill in exclusively church hymns. He has three brothers (David '49, Timothy '57, John '61) and two sisters (Rosemary '48, Karen '51). His first child was born in 2003 to his soon to be spouse, Natividad Azor. His first marriage was to French vocalist Diane Tell (1978 div. 88). He moved to Manhattan in early 1979.

He studied guitar from age 11-13, clarinet, 14-16 (Malcolm Campbell HS) alto, 17, and tenor, 18-present. He studied three years (1972-75) at Vanier College (Art Roberts, G.Danovitch-saxophone/theory).  Worked in Montreal area during this period with locals such as Sadik Hakim, Sayyd Abdul Alkabyyr and Claude Ranger. He studied at the New England Conservatory for one year, 1977-78, studying saxophone/theory/orchestration with Joe Allard, George Russell and Jaki Byard  He had big band performances with Ernie Wilkins, Sam Rivers, Chuck Israels, and G. Russell NEC's Medium Rare Big Band, where he won an award as soloist at the Notre Dame Collegiate Festival 1978.

During the 80s, he worked with w. big bands of Machito, J.Byard Apollo Stompers, Lionel Hampton, and Gil Evans, the latter becoming a personal friend while renovating his upper west side apartment. Extensive sitting in and jam session activity including performances with Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, Roy Haynes, Cedar Walton, Dave Sanborn, and Art Blakey.

Recordings:
Diane Tell (1975); Steve Holt: The Lions Eyes (1980); Bob Mover: Things Unseen (1982), You go my Head (1989); Kevin Hays: Go Round (1995); Diane Reeves/Bob Belden: Shades of Blue (1996); Hall Things (1997); Wallace Roney: The Visit (1999); No Room For Argument (2000); Ralph Penland: To Journey a Dream (1999).

Radio/TV Appearances:
w.Diane Tell and performing an original composition,  for French CBC 1978
w. Evelyn Blakey and Clarence "C" Sharpe, hosted by Herbie Hancock-Music under NY-Neighborhood Channel Cable circa 1988
Jazz Cafe-video of live CD recording "Hall Things" w. Kevin Hays Oct 97 broadcast on Canadian Bravo.

Soundtracks:
"And This Far By Faith" w. Waldron Ricks for PBS for broadcast summer 2003. Tenor, soprano, and sequencing for pt. 5 and 6

Unissued Recordings:

  • min.six sessions from 1980s recorded at Center for the Media Arts featuring sidemen such as Benny Green,Dave Kikoski, Ira Coleman, Peter Washington, Joe Locke, Vincent Herring, Ed Howard.
  • approx. two hours of originals and standards from Jan 94 w. Kevin Hays, Cindy Blackman, James Genus, Steve Davis and Stafford Hunter on trombones and Emedin Rivera(perc.)
  • Five nights of music w. Kevin Hays quartet live at Visiones 1996 w. Lenny White and Bill Stuart orig. for release on Blue Note
  • video from Visiones Jan 94
  • video from live at the Five Spot 1996
  • numerous home recordings of various engagements as leader and sideman at such clubs as Visiones, Mikells, Birdland, Makor and Bottom Line(w. Wallace Roney), w. many of the above listed musicians and others (Al Foster, Mulgrew Miller, Geri Allen

Contact information:
Steve Hall
2350 Broadway #332
NY NY 1002
Phone/fax 212-799-5710
steve_hall57@hotmail.com

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