From Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20, the Blue Note Jazz Club will present “Playing for Jim Hall, which will celebrate the life and music of the late, great jazz guitarist Jim Hall. The tribute was programmed in conjunction with the Hall Family (Jane, Hall’s wife, and Devra, Hall’s daughter and manager) and friends. Shows will occur at the Manhattan jazz club nightly at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
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 Hall, will appear on April 18 and 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 Goldstein on April 20.
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. As arrangements were being finalized for Hall’s return to the Blue Note during the April 18-20, 2014 timeframe, news of his December 10, 2013 passing broke. Subsequently the engagement evolved into a memorial program to celebrate the guitarist’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. “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.”
For more information and to purchase tickets to “Playing for Jim Hall,” call 212-475-8592 or go to www.bluenotejazz.com.
The Blue Note Jazz Club is located at 131 W. 3rd Street, between 6th Ave. and MacDougal St. in New York City.