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Alan Hall

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.

Five of Hearts

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Terra Incognita; Ting-a-Ling; From Time to Time; Ha Ha; Monsoon Blues; Ano Novo; Ya Kitis Zaks; Summer Dusk; Scrim Shimmy; The Kiss of the Tenor; Brother Dave.

Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Label: Ridgeway Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Demographic Shift; Lane and Joanna; Heroes, Saints and Clowns; A Short Poem for a Shattered Age; Grattitude; Michael Shannon; Agnes Martin.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Hall: Heroes, Saints and Clowns

Read "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ratatet, the sextet led by drummer Alan Hall, doesn't seem to quite fit into a musical box of any style or shape. One of the San Francisco Bay area's most respected musical performers and educators, Hall assembled this uniquely constructed ensemble from fragments of previous engagements: He previously played in a trio called Electreo with Paul ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

Read "Heartbeats Full of Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Let Your Light Shine On MPS 2018 One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

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Demographic Shift

Featuring the music of Alan Hall
Duration: 3:53

From "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" by RATATET (featuring One Planet Drum Corps) on Ridgeway Records (made possible with grants from Creative Sonoma and SF InterMusic) w/ Paul Hanson, John Gove, Dillon Vado, Greg Sankovich and Jeff Denson.
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Alan Hall's Ratatet Addresses Current Turmoil In American Society With "Heroes, Saints And Clowns," Set For Release June 22 On Ridgeway Records

Alan Hall's Ratatet Addresses Current Turmoil In American Society With "Heroes, Saints And Clowns," Set For Release June 22 On Ridgeway Records

jny: San Francisco Bay Area drummer, composer, and bandleader Alan Hall turned to music when he found himself in the midst of what he describes as “some of the greatest turmoil our country has ever experienced.” In order to cope, he penned the sonic vignettes heard on his new CD Heroes, Saints and Clowns, set for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

LISA B (Lisa Bernstein) is not only a jazz singer and songwriter, she’s also a widely published poet and spoken word performer. On I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined, her latest CD and sixth as a leader, she applies her poetic prowess and vocal gifts to fresh interpretations of ten tunes by Cole Porter, one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Denson Quartet: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Quartetto classico con piano, contrabbasso e batteria, questo a nome del compositore e contrabbassita Jeff Denson si distingue per la presenza come fiato di un fagotto, strumento decisamente atipico, nelle mani di Paul Hanson. Questa particolarità caratterizza un lavoro per il resto abbastanza convenzionale, incentrato perlopiù su ritmi molto serrati e composto interamente da brani originali ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ratatet: Arctic

Read "Arctic" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Disco di esordio per Ratatet, sestetto di San Francisco diretto dal batterista Alan Hall, che presenta una musica semplice e swingante, di stampo cameristico ancorché qua e là screziata di elettronica, caratterizzata e resa personale dall'accuratezza degli arrangiamenti e -soprattutto -dalla particolare strumentazione dell'organico. Le undici tracce, tutte relativamente brevi (solo tre arrivano ai ...


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