Jim Hall

“[Jim] is in many ways the father of modern jazz guitar. To me, he’s the guy who invented a conception that has allowed the guitar to function in a lot of musical situations that just weren’t thought of as a possibility prior to his emergence as a player. He reinvented what the guitar could be as a jazz instrument.” – Pat Metheny, from the liner notes of ‘Jim Hall & Pat Metheny’

Jim Hall in 2010 in concert with his Sadowsky Jim Hall model guitar.
Guitarist Jim Hall” by tom.beetzJim Hall. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Biography

Jim Hall Official Website

The official Jim Hall website.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Encyclopedia of Popular Music article on Jim (with USC library access). Includes an extensive discography.

The Grove Music Online

The Grove Music Online – The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition entry for Jim (with USC library access). Includes an extensive bibliography.

NEA Jazz Masters

Contains biographical info, audio recordings of interviews with Jim, and a transcription of an interview with Molly Murphy for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry.

Performances

"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" played by Jim Hall
"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" played by Jim Hall

"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" played by Jim Hall

Jazz guitar legend Jim Hall performs "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You." From the Vestapol DVD "Legends of Jazz Guitar, Vol. Three."

Jim Hall & Barney Kessel "You Stepped Out Of A Dream"
Jim Hall & Barney Kessel "You Stepped Out Of A Dream"

Jim Hall & Barney Kessel "You Stepped Out Of A Dream"

Jim Hall & Barney Kessel live.

Jim Hall: A Life In Progress
Jim Hall: A Life In Progress

Jim Hall: A Life In Progress

A Video Documentary -- Historic video clips plus footage shot live in the recording studio with Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Tom Harrell, and Pat Metheny. Interviews include Chico Hamilton, Nat Hentoff, John Lewis, and John Snyder. Producer/Director Bruce Ricker; Writer/Interviewer Devra Hall; Editor David W. Mester. Originally released by Rhapsody Films, 1999.

Education

Transcriptions

Transcriptions of several performances by Jim, including: “Body and Soul,” “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” “Im Getting Sentimental Over You,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Romaine.” The transcriptions are posted on Jim’s official website.

Instructional DVD’s and Books

Find out more at Hal Leonard Online.