May 15, 2017

BBR guitar week elevates into the top 4 in guitar week with the entry of Jim Hall.  Jim was from Buffalo and studied music in the 50s in Cleveland. After graduation he moved to L.A. and taught at the Lenox School of Jazz in 1959; toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic; and worked with Ben Webster (1959), Bill Evans (1959), Paul Desmond (1959–65), Ella Fitzgerald in Europe (1960), Lee Konitz (1960–61), Sonny Rollins (1961-2, 1964), and Art Farmer (1962-1964).

Next Jim moved to New York where he recorded for the mighty CTI label among many others, producing one of our favorite pieces of lp art with Concierto.  He continued to play throughout the ensuing decades in many configurations including classical until his peaceful death in his sleep in NYC in 2013. Someone once remarked you could draw a line in the history of jazz guitar from Charlie Christian to Django to Wes to Jim.  We don’t disagree and today Jim is in the BBR guitar week pantheon.

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