Jared Hall trumpet

A cool influence from Jared Hall

With his second Origin release, Jared Hall directs his attention to the influences that first kindled and then nourished and sustained his life path as a trumpeter/composer.

Thoughts of Woody Shaw, Tom Harrell, Wallace Roney and others provided the inspiration for the eight original compositions, along with Gigi Gryce’s Minority, while their adventurous spirits, technical brilliance and commitment to a voice infuse the performances by Hall’s quartet.

Miami-based, Grammy-winning pianist Tal Cohen’s exhilarating interplay along with the dynamic lift from Seattle’s Michael Glynn on bass and drummer John Bishop launches Song for Shaw with a ’70s momentum. They deliver an expansive warmth on Dear Roy for Hall to reflect on Roy Hargrove within, and the tribute to his main mentor Brian Lynch, Professor B.L., is imbued with a Latin-tinged fire.

Beyond the Thorns

Hall’s recording credits include his Influences (Origin Records, 2024), Seen on the Scene (Origin Records, 2021) and Hallways (Hollistic MusicWorks, 2017).

Other recordings include Home at Last (Sierra Music, 2024), Inventions (OA2 Records, 2021), Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza (Summit, 2020), North By Freaking Northwest (Skymuse, 2019), Jazz & The Philharmonic (OKeh, 2014), With Love (Jeremy Fox, 2014), Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (George Benson, 2013), and others.

He’s performed in Seattle from 2015 to 2022 with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Tacoma, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and many of the region’s outstanding ensembles. His quintet performed regularly at Tula’s Jazz Club, the 2018 Gene Harris Jazz Festival, 2019 Puget Sound Jazz Combo Festival, 2021 Bellevue Jazz Festival, and 2023 Leavenworth Jazz Festival. 

As a clinician, Hall has served many universities, high school programs and jazz festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

He has presented lectures at the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) Northwest Division Conference 2019, Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Conference 2022, and the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference 2017.

The Piano Grip System: An Approach to Learning Jazz Harmony, a book co-published by Hall and Whit Sidener in June 2020, has been welcomed as an essential guide to learning jazz harmony and theory for non-pianists.

In 2022, Hall returned to his hometown of Spokane at Whitworth University as Director of Jazz Studies while performing in the local area with The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, The Bob Curnow Band, and his quartet.

Hall has also served on the faculty at Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, and the Jazz Night School, as well as teaching positions at The University of Miami and Indiana University.