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date: 12 December 2019

Hall, Edmondlocked

  • Charles E. Kinzer

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(b New Orleans, LA, May 15, 1901; d Boston, MA, Feb 11, 1967). American jazz clarinetist. Son of a clarinetist, he was the second of five brothers to become a musician. He began performing with various bands in New Orleans by 1919. He toured the Gulf Coast with Buddy Petit (1921–3), and spent the mid-1920s with lesser known groups in Florida and Georgia. Moving to New York in 1928, he played in Claude Hopkins’s swing orchestra from 1929 to 1935. In the late 1930s he returned to small groups, recording with Mildred Bailey and Billie Holiday, and working at the Café Society with Henry “Red” Allen, Teddy Wilson, and as a leader (1944–6). During the mid-1940s he also recorded with Eddie Condon. Hall soon became one of the most highly regarded dixieland clarinetists, although he considered himself more of a swing player in the mold of Benny Goodman, and his driving sense of rhythm and phrasing shows that influence. After leading groups in Boston (...

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