Edmond Hall

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Edmond Hall, 1960, photo: Miloš Budík
78 of the Blue Note session from February 1941: “Celestial Express”, with Charlie Christian , Israel Crosby and Meade Lux Lewis .

Ed (moon) Hall (born May 15, 1901 in New Orleans , Louisiana , † February 11, 1967 in Cambridge , Massachusetts ) was an American clarinetist and saxophonist who played traditional jazz .


Hall was self-taught in a musical family - his father was the clarinetist Edward Hall sr., His brothers Robert (clarinet, saxophone), Clarence (saxophone, guitar, banjo) and, as the youngest, Herb (clarinet), who also appeared on numerous albums (a.o. with Wild Bill Davison ) can be heard. The trombonist Trummy Young wrote in his Edmond Hall biography (1955): " Barney Bigard and Ed were two of the greatest clarinet players from New Orleans" . His big, full tone and his powerful way of playing were outstanding. Hall achieved his very unusual, hardly a "normal" clarinet sound, but more like a saxophone-associating tone through his special way of filing his game sheets. As with Johnny Dodds , Frank Teschenmaker and Pee Wee Russell , his phrasing remained predominantly staccato . Despite technical limitations, Hall was able to achieve top performances in both blues and lyrical, ballad-like pieces due to the always recognizable deep emotionality of his playing. He always strived to develop himself further and even switched to another clarinet system towards the end of his career.

In the 1920s he played in regional bands in the US South, including the Pensacola Jazzers , later in New York, especially with the trumpeter Frankie Newton, and from 1942 to 1944 under Teddy Wilson . At first, Hall was better known as a baritone saxophonist than a clarinetist. The work with his own bands followed, u. a. with recordings for Continental with his Cafe Society Orchestra . He worked with some of the best swing musicians such as Johnny Guarnieri (piano, celeste, harpsichord), Red Norvo (vibraphone) and Charlie Christian (these recordings are among the few on which Christian can be heard on acoustic guitar). In the mid-1950s, Ed Hall belonged to the all-star formation Louis Armstrongs , with whom he toured in Chicago around 1956 and there on June 1 with Trummy Young (trombone), Billy Kyle (piano), Dale Jones (bass) , Barrett Deems (drums) and Armstrong provided an outstanding session ("Clarinet Jam"). In Armstrong's all-star concerts, Hall was regularly featured with his personal bravura piece "Dardanella". In December 1966, a few weeks before his death, he recorded a number of legendary tracks in Copenhagen with Papa Bue's Viking Jazzband and Jorn Jensen's Trio, including a. also "Ed's Blues".

Hall died of a heart attack after shoveling a path from the snow. He also made music in concerts and recordings with Claude Hopkins , Billie Holiday , Lionel Hampton , Joe Sullivan , Coleman Hawkins , Jack Teagarden , Harry Belafonte and others. v. a. and was at times a permanent member of the legendary band of Eddie Condon in the 40s at the side of musicians such as Wild Bill Davison , Max Kaminsky and George Brunies .

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Web links

Commons : Edmond Hall  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. according to other information in Reserve , Louisiana
  2. Edmond Hall's Last Concert at Allmusic (English)