Sat, August 12, 2017
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2017-08-12 8:00 pm
April Hall Quartet at Thelonious Monkfish
April Hall, vocals
Doug Johnson, piano
Keala Kaumeheiwa, acoustic bass
Les Harris Jr., drums
April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” – Jazz Times Magazine
Hall graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance Award. She has done projects for Atlantic Records under the direction of Arif Mardin, for the likes of Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, and Bette Midler and has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Dinah Shore.
She regularly performs and records with New England’s finest musicians, including Gray Sargent, Tim Ray, Marshall Wood, Kenny Hadley, Les Harris Jr., Tom Hall, Joe “Sonny” Barbato, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Marty Ballou, Mark Poniatowski and New Orleans’s Amadee Castenell, and is currently Executive Producer for ImprovLive 365, a daily webseries dedicated to exploring spontaneous creativity and improvisation and produces the Improv Festival in 2015.
Hall is also an award winning songwriter. Her music has been featured on Boston’s “Women in Music” series, on “The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated “Jazz After Hours” with PRI’s Jim Wilke. In addition to her ongoing performances, Hall also continues to work with students across the country holding master classes in modern vocal techniques and on the subject of “Songwriting in a Free Society”. Halls latest CD, “Room for Two” named one of Jazz Times top 50 Jazz Records of 2012.
Thelonious Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Avenue