Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Russell Malone, Adam Rogers,
Bill Charlap, Gil Goldstein, and Lewis Nash, Among Others
New York, NY - March 18, 2014 - Blue Note Jazz Club is proud to present "Playing for Jim Hall," the official memorial tribute celebrating the life and music of legendary guitarist/NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall, on Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20, 2014, with shows at 8pm & 10:30pm nightly. The tribute was programmed in conjunction with the Hall Family (Jane, Hall's wife, and Devra, Hall's daughter and manager) and friends. The engagement will feature bassist Scott Colley and drummer Joey Baron (members of Hall's last trio) throughout the entire engagement, with various guests. Guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, both of whom were directly influenced by and collaborated with Jim Hall, will appear on April 18 & 19.Other guests include: saxophonist Greg Osby and guitarist/vocalist Kate Schutt on April 18; saxophonist Chris Potter, keyboardist Larry Goldings, guitarist Brian Camelio, drummers Bill Stewart and Lewis Nash, and bassist Steve Laspina on April 19; and guitarists Russell Malone, Adam Rogers, John Pondel, and Satoshi Inoue with pianists Bill Charlap
and Gil Goldsteinon April 20, among other surprise guests.
On April 17-22, 2012, exactly two years prior to this memorial program, Jim Hall completed what would ultimately become his last Blue Note engagement (joined by Colley & Baron, and Lage as a special guest). As arrangements were being finalized for Hall's return to Blue Note during the April 18-20 timeframe, news of his December 10, 2013 passing broke. With the dates on hold and his band already in place, the engagement naturally evolved into a memorial program to celebrate Hall's life and music.
"Everyone I know, and thousands I have never met, from all over the world, loved Jim. But I was lucky to share life with him for 50 years," says Jane Hall, Jim's wife. "I got to see his gentle way, his kindness and generosity and sense of humor up close and personal. His legacy is his music which came from the biggest heart ever. Joey, Scott, Bill, and Julian along with every musician invited to play this weekend held a special place in his heart and I think his influence on all musicians who knew him or heard him will be everlasting. Special thanks to Satoshi Inoe who flew here from Tokyo, and to Brian Camelio who recorded and traveled with him these past few years, to Steve LaSpina, one of his two favorite bass players, and to all of you helping celebrate Jim's life."
"Jim was one of the warmest, funniest and most profoundly talented people I have ever met," reflects Brian Camelio (Hall's friend and Founder/CEO of ArtistShare, Hall's recording platform).
"He was also one of my closest friends. It was one of the great privileges of my life to have known him."
Jim Hall with Julian Lage at Blue Note Jazz Club (The Pace Report)
Reflections on Jim Hall From
Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Joey Baron:
"In all his interactions, whether on the bandstand or in everyday conversation, it always seemed as if his energy and attention was directed outward, away from himself. He listened. LISTENED in such a big way and cared." - Bill Frisell
"Jim was so inclusive as a person and a musician. He could show you how our mistakes were just as human and rich as what we played perfectly. And at the core of our mission as musicians, is a responsibility to take risks, be willing to fall and have love and compassion for the absurd and the sublime. Jim showed us that these are all ingredients of the human condition and what better way to honor them than through the gift of music." - Julian Lage
"Every modern improviser owes something to Jim (he would hate to hear me say that, but it's true). He taught us all that in order to truly connect to another person, you have to leave space and listen.....If I knew Jim at all, he would want us to tell his stories and celebrate his music. But most of all, I think he would want us to continue listening to each other, to live, connect, share experiences and of course, make music." - Scott Colley
"On the bandstand Jim listened so deeply and set the climate for all of us to do the same so that I could not wait to hear what would be coming next. It was always a surprise!" - Joey Baron
ABOUT JIM HALL
Guitar legend Jim Hall was a major figure in the jazz world for over six decades. His signature hollow-body jazz guitar sound, rhythmic subtlety and empathetic accompaniment style made instant classics of his recordings with fellow jazz legends Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Bill Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Ron Carter and Paul Desmond. A perennial favorite among fellow guitarists, Hall had the dual distinction of strongly influencing as well as sometimes collaborating with the most recognizable guitarists in jazz including Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Mike Stern. The New Yorker called Jim Hall, "the reigning master of the jazz guitar... a poetic player who says more with fewer notes than any living improviser."
Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table
8:00PM & 10:30PM shows
Doors open at 6:00pm. $5 minimum.
Location: 131 W. 3rd Street, between 6th Ave and MacDougal St., New York City.
Blue Note Jazz Club, based in the heart of Greenwich Village, is a New York City cultural institution and one of the premier jazz clubs in the world. Jazz is undoubtedly America's music, and while Blue Note strives to celebrate the music's great history, the club is a place where progression and innovation - the foundation of jazz - are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. Blue Note is open for concerts 365 days a year.