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April Hall

April Hall is the consummate jazz vocalist, combining her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an honest soulfulness and effervescent jazz sophistication that shines through in every undeniably swinging performance. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of breathtaking richness and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful heartfelt delivery. Hall’s masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine

Hall graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance Award. She has done projects for Atlantic Records under the direction of Arif Mardin, for the likes of Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler and has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau, Billy Joel, Helen Cornelius and Dinah Shore. Hall performs and records with New England’s finest musicians, including Tim Ray, Gray Sargent, Les Harris Jr., Tom Hall, Joe “Sonny” Barbato, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Marty Ballou, Mark Poniatowski, Marshall Wood, Keala Kaumeheiwa, Jim Gwin, Kenny Hadley and New Orleans's Amadee Castenell. She served as Executive Producer for ImprovLive 365, a daily webseries dedicated to exploring spontaneous creativity and improvisation, and co-produced the Brandeis University Improv Festival, featuring Milford Graves.

Hall is an award winning songwriter and her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s jazz recordings have topped national and international jazz charts, and “Room for Two” was named one of the top 50 Jazz Albums of 2012 by Jazz Times Magazine. In addition to her ongoing performances, Hall also continues to work with students both privately and across the country, holding master classes and clinics in modern vocal and microphone techniques and on the subject of "Songwriting in a Free Society”. Hall also teaches Musicianship (ear training), Jazz and R&B Ensembles as well as Music Theory for Vocalist at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Awards

Louie Armstrong Performance Award, 1993 Berklee College of Music

Music American Songwriter Magazine, 2003,

Named one of the top 50 Jazz Albums of the Year. - JazzTimes Magazine 2012


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“Glorious vocals...” - The Boston Globe

"The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction." -Jazz Times

“...Visceral power, impresses by not trying to impress.” -Northeast Performer

"Oh yea, She Swings!"-The Phoenix

"Hall delivers with honey-coated phrases that melt gracefully while she upholds the tradition"-All About Jazz

“The effulgent Hall has a rich commanding voice and the stage presence of an old soul of jazz.” -Boston Globe

"…An achingly beautiful voice" -All About Jazz

"... her instrument is a pleasingly clear and expressive" -Cadence Magazine

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

For more information: www.aprilhall.com

Clinic/Workshop Information

April teaches both private students and Boston's Berklee College of music. Ms. Hall also teaches modern vocal techniques throughout the U.S. as well as Master classes on "Songwriting in a Free Society" and "Mastering Modern Microphone Techniques". To inquire about studying with Ms. Hall, please visit www.aprilhall.com

Gene Ammons
saxophone, tenor
Tony Bennett
voice / vocals
Joe Williams
voice / vocals

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Room for Two

Bee Boy Records
2012

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Lucky's Boy

Spice Rack Records
2011

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Fun Out of Life

Bee Boy Records
2009

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Twilight World

The Orchard
2005

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Something Like That

Bee Boy Records
2000

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Riding The Bull

AFI Records
0

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I've Got the World on a String

From: Fun Out of Life
By April Hall

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