I Began My Career in California.
I began to play jazz live in downtown Pleasanton, California, in the Bay Area. I performed in nearly thirty concerts at Inklings Events Room, Pleasanton, California, with numerous jazz musicians including Matt Finders, Anton Schwartz, Michael Marcus, and Erik Jekabson.
During the Inklings concert series, I was able to perform to audiences that often exceeded a hundred people, building my ability to perform in front of an audience. I began on piano and switched the vibraphone after beginning to learn that instrument in mid-2018.
Since moving to Florida I have performed in various forms of a "James Hall Quartet" in Central Florida. The original run of the group lasted from 2019 until early 2020 with me on vibraphone plus piano, bass, and drums. Going into 2021 a few different forms were used for the group, primarily on vibraphone but also piano as a secondary instrument. In 2021 two concerts were performed with a reformed quartet with me on piano and vibraphone, along with saxophone, bass, and drums. In mid-2021 I guested as a vibraphonist with the Orlando Jazz Orchestra in their Terry Gibbs Tribute.
I am based in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Information on upcoming concerts can be found on the concerts page.