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
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.
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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