Jim Hall is a jazz guitarist, a composer, an arranger and an educator. He was a sideman for Bill Evans and for Stan Getz. He is one of the most versatile of the jazz guitar giants. He has been an educator at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.
He is the autor of a book titled “Exploring Jazz Guitar”. In 1997 he was won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger.
His strong melodic style and glowing, rounded tone has been a source of inspiration for a great number of musicians, among them outstanding jazz guitarist like Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, and John Scofield.
“Jim Hall is the reigning master of the jazz guitar. This poetic player says more with fewer notes than any living improviser.” — The New Yorker
Books and video
- Exploring Jazz Guitar by Jim Hall. (Hal Leonard Inc., 1991).
- Jazz Improvisation: Transcriptions of Jim Hall Solos for all instrumental musicians (Nichon Publications Inc., 1980).
- Jim Hall: Jazz Guitar Environments (transcriptions and performance notes with CD) (Hal Leonard Inc., 1994).
- Master Sessions with Jim Hall (Hal Leonard Inc., 1993).
- Jim Hall: Jazz Guitar Master Class (Rittor Music, 1994).
- Jim Hall: A Life in Progress (Rhapsody Films, 1999).