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Al Hall

Alfred Wesley Hall (March 18, 1915 – January 18, 1988) was an American jazz bassist.

Hall grew up in Philadelphia, where he played cello and tuba early in life before settling on bass at age 17. He moved to New York in 1936, where he played with Billy Hicks (1936–37), Skeets Tolbert (1937–38), and Teddy Wilson in both big band and small ensemble format (1939–41). Following time with Ellis Larkins (1942–43) and Mary Lou Williams, Hall took a job as a staff musician at CBS, working in Paul Baron's orchestra on the Mildred Bailey Show. He also worked on Broadway theater pit orchestras for the next several decades. In 1946, he founded his own label, Wax Records, which was bought by Atlantic Records in 1949.

Hall had an extended partnership with Erroll Garner, playing with him intermittently from 1945 to 1963. He also played later in life with Benny Goodman (1966), Hazel Scott, Tiny Grimes, Alberta Hunter (1977–78), and Doc Cheatham. He led five numbers on his own label in 1946-47 and four on Columbia Records Europe in 1959.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 18th, 1915 (Jacksonville), Died January 18th, 1988 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass, leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 9935 10-in. 11/22/1926 You broke my heart (But now I'm laughing at you) Bill Galper ; Al Hall ; Howard Israel ; Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh 9936 Not documented 11/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9937 Not documented 11/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9938 Not documented 11/22/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9977 10-in. 11/26/1926 I've lost my dog Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet leader  
OKeh 9978 Not documented 11/26/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh 9979 Not documented 11/26/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Howard Israel-Al Hall and Their Peerless Serenaders of Al Tearney's Town Club Jazz/dance band leader  
Decca 65923 10-in. 7/5/1939 The stuff 's out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 65924 10-in. 7/5/1939 Railroad blues Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 65925 10-in. 7/5/1939 I'm blowin' my top Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 65926 10-in. 7/5/1939 Fine piece of meat Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 65927 10-in. 7/5/1939 Swing out Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 67101 10-in. 1/24/1940 Gimme something like that Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 67102 10-in. 1/24/1940 Hole holy roly - poly Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 67103 10-in. 1/24/1940 Raz-ma-taz Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 67104 10-in. 1/24/1940 Harlem ain't what it usta be Skeets Tolbert and his Gentlemen of Swing instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69157 10-in. 5/8/1941 Basement boogie Pete Johnson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69158 10-in. 5/8/1941 Death ray boogie Pete Johnson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69159 10-in. 5/8/1941 Just for you Pete Johnson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69160 10-in. 5/8/1941 Pete's mixture Pete Johnson instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69557 10-in. 7/23/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69558 10-in. 7/23/1941 Blow, Gabriel, blow Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69559 10-in. 7/23/1941 Sweet Mama, Papa's getting mad Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 69560 10-in. 7/23/1941 All that meat and no potatoes Bon Bon and his Buddies instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 73264 1/3/1946 He's my baby Andy Kirk Orchestra instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 44 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hall, Al," accessed December 3, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204191.

Hall, Al. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204191.

"Hall, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 3 December 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204191

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