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Dana Hall


Born in Brooklyn, New York, drummer Dana Hall has been an important musician on the international music scene since 1992. After completing his education in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey and, in 1999, his Masters degree in composition and arranging from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is presently a distinguished Special Trustees Fellow completing his Doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. In the fall of 2004, Mr. Hall joined the faculty of the prestigious University of Illinois AT Urbana- Champaign as an Assistant Professor of Music. The list of exceptional artists that Mr


Life in Time

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Asherah; Little Gold Fish; Intention and Commitment; Life in Time; Lost and Found; Shade; Guimaraes; Locomotive Sunflower; The Color of the Wall of the Room That Reminded Me; Song for Kamala.


Noli Me Tángere

Label: Next Level
Released: 2022
Track listing: Alin Mang Lahi; Kundiman ni Rizal; Canto de María Clara; Noli Me Tángere suite:I. A Son Returns, II. Cruelty and Injustice, III. Education for All, IV. Revolution and Liberation.


With Love, From Chicago

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Angolan Babysitter; The Time You Forgot You Knew; Kansas To Chicago; In Waiting; We See; Twirl; Portrait of Jenna; Root Fruit; Tierney's Song; Firestarter.


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Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

Read "Take Five with Matthew Muñeses" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...


Article: Album Review

Darren Johnston: Life in Time

Read "Life in Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Darren Johnston traveled to Chicago in May 2021 to record Life in Time with three of his favorite musicians: saxophonist Geof Bradfield, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Dana Hall who form their own working trio in the Windy City. The generally charming studio date encompasses ten original compositions, six by Johnston, four by Bradfield. ...


Article: Album Review

The Adam Larson Trio: With Love, From Chicago

Read "With Love, From Chicago" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The experience begins with the cover art, an old school black-and-white photo of Kansas City-based saxophonist Adam Larson with his hair swooped up in something of a modest 1950s pompadour, like an early Sun Records artist--Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley--sitting in the studio with his ax laid out in front of him. Except Larson's ax is not ...


Song of the Day

Little Gold Fish

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:14



Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2021
Track listing: Now (Forever Momentary Space); The People Vs The Rest Of Us; Keep Your Mind Free; Barbara Jones-Hogu And Elizabeth Catlett Discuss Liberation; Movement And You; The Body Is Electric.


Article: Album Review

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble: Now

Read "Now" reviewed by Chris May

Chicago-based collective Black Monument Ensemble's sophomore album was recorded in September 2020 at the intersection of various existential crises, as seen from a US perspective: the threat of Trump winning the presidential election, by fair means or foul; the rising tide of fascist ideology; extrajudicial murders of, in particular but not exclusively, black Americans; a galloping ...


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