Jim Hall (1930-2013) was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to Cleveland early in life. He came from a musical family and got his first guitar when he was ten. He was influenced by sax players such as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young as well as guitarist Charlie Christian. He backed musicians such as Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, and most notably Bill Evans.
Hall had a melodic approach to the guitar, a light touch and warm tone, as evidenced by the two videos for today. The first video features his quartet on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1992, playing two songs, “Subsequently” and the standard “Skylark.” The second video features him with Art Farmer on flugelhorn, Steve Swallow in bass, and Walter Perkins on drums, playing “My Kinda Love.” He made several albums with Farmer from 1962 to 1964, so the performance probably dates from then.
Jim Hall, your Two for Tuesday, October 7, 2014.