James Hall

New York Trombonist & Composer



James Hall is a trombonist and composer from Nebraska based in New York City. A versatile musician, his projects have spanned jazz, classical, latin, and popular music in the US and Europe.

As a composer and bandleader, James was named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, won three ASCAPlus Awards for composition, and was a featured performer/composer at the 2012 Chelsea Music Festival. As trombonist in Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, he has performed at B.B. Kings', S.O.B's, MassMOCA, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note Jazz Festival, and has appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine. He has appeared on several recordings with Postmodern Jukebox, with whom he has toured Europe and the US. James' trombone playing earned third place, runner-up, and honorable mention in the Antti Rissanen, J.J. Johnson, and Carl Fontana International Jazz Trombone Competitions, respectively.

James' first CD as a composer/bandleader was released in October 2013. Entitled "Soon We Will Not Be Here" by James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet, the body of work sets contemporary poems by NYC-based poets to 3rd-stream chamber music. His sophomore release, "Lattice," is currently in post-production.

James holds degrees from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin and Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. His teachers have included Luis Bonilla, Hal Crook, Michael Dease, Nick Keelan, Ed Neumeister, and Fred Sturm.



  • May 2018, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra Residency @ Lincoln Center Education
  • 2/9/18, Lattice Album Release @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage III, Tickets Available Here
  • Feb 2018, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra Residency @ Lincoln Center Education

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"A close listen here indicates graceful instrumental combinations and linear development [...] Hall is a warm-toned and lyrical player"

-Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat Magazine

"A talented voice in today’s jazz."

-Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail

"charming stage presence...original and personal interpretations...abundance and freshness of tone"

-Reijo Paavola, Kymen Sanomat

"But standouts in the back row were in the horn section. James Hall on trombone (tall and skinny, not unlike a vertical trombone) anchored some lively brass sections"

-Tony Lacy-Thompson, The Mercury News