Drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, educator, and ethnomusicologist, DANA HALL has been an important musician on the international music scene since 1992 after leaving behind aerospace engineering for a life in music. He has performed, toured, and/or recorded with such luminaries as Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Clark Terry, and too many more to name. Leading his own quartet, spring, Dana is also a member of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. His debut CD, Into the Light, was released to great critical acclaim. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune named him a Chicagoan of the Year. Presently a distinguished Special Trustees Fellow, he is completing his doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. Dana recently joined the DePaul School of Music faculty as an Associate Professor of jazz and ethnomusicology. For the Festival, he will play drums and cymbals and be joined by GEOF BRADFIELD, saxophones, clarinets, and flute; CLARK SOMMERS, acoustic bass; and JUSTIN “JUSTEFAN” THOMAS, vibraphone.
Watch the Dana Hall Quartet’s 2009 Strobe Session performance in Chicago:
*Please note: Video samples do not necessarily represent HPJF lineup.