Current composer, band leader and drummer of Ratatet, a neo-jazz sextet based in the San Francisco Bay Area which features Bassoon, Trombone and Vibraphone.
Started drumming professionally with a San Jose, California based Mexican American Party Band: Los Unicos at age of 13. Began working as jazz drummer in San Francisco Bay Area until departure for Boston, MA.
Attended Berklee College of Music and in 1986 joined percussion faculty there for 7years. While in Boston, he worked/recorded with singer Rebecca Parris, Scott Robinson, Stu Hamn, Larry Coryell, among others.
Moved to back to California where he played/recorded with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Kai Eckhardt, Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Kenny Washigton among others.
Currently teacher at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and Cal State East Bay in Hayward.
Ratatet's debut CD, "Arctic" (Ridgeway Records) was named as one of "Top 10 Bay
Area Jazz Releases" in article for San Jose Mercury by Andrew Gilbert
In 2017 Ratatet received grants from "San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music" and
"Creative Sonoma" to begin production of their 2nd CD ,"Heroes, Saints
and Clowns" (Ridgeway Records), to be released in April 2018.
“...Ratatet is a delight for younger, open eared listeners who don’t mind having the
door to something new opened for them. Check it out.” —Midwest Record
“…what sets Ratatet apart…is Hall’s finely calibrated compositional sensibility, which
balances muscular grooves with multidirectional melodic lines, lush chords and
lapidary voicings.” —Andrew Gilbert
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Assistant Professor Berklee College of Music 1986-1993,
Associate Professor at California Jazz Conservatory 2014 to present,
Lecturer at Cal State East Bay 2010 to present,
for more details on my current teaching activities, rates and locations
Have presented many clinics on numerous topics:
• Drum Soloing Strategies
• Linear Drumming
• Rhythm Section Playing
• Working with the Metronome
• The Versatile Drummer
• Establishing an Efficient Practice Routine
• Big Band Playing