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Jim Hall phrase # 4 | Jazz Guitar Lesson

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The Jazz Guitar Signature Series consists of short video lessons that explore the styles of the most influential guitarists throughout the history of Jazz. Each lesson consists of a short phrase played over a recurring harmonic progression (eg. II-V-I) which was transcribed off one of the featured artist's recordings.

About Jim Hall: Born in Buffalo, NY on December 4, 1930, he moved to Cleveland,Ohio where he began playing the guitar at age 10. Like most guitarists growing up during that period, Hall listened to Charlie Christian but was influenced mainly by the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and other horn players. After performing professionally as a teenager, in 1955 Hall attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied composition. After moving to Los Angeles a year later, Hall focused on classical guitar and joined Chico Hamilton's 5tet. It was during this period that the young guitarist first began to gain the attention which would lead to performances/recordings with Jimmy Giuffre, Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, Ella Fitzgerald, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer. This was a time when "Cool Jazz" was prominent and Hall's warm tone and use of silence during his solos helped him stand out as an innovator among other jazz guitarists. His fresh compositional approach to improvisation has influenced a host of post-bop guitarists such as John Scofield, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie and Mick Goodrick to name just a few. As a matter of fact, Jim Hall is often referred to as the "father of modern jazz guitar".

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