Hal Galper

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Hal Galper
Born (1938-04-18) April 18, 1938 (age 83)
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPiano
Website www.halgalper.com

Harold Galper (born April 18, 1938) [1] is an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and writer.

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Biography

He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. [2] Galper studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958. [1] He hung out at Herb Pomeroy's club, the Stable, hearing local Boston musicians such as Jaki Byard, Alan Dawson and Sam Rivers. Galper started sitting in and became the house pianist at the Stable and later on, at Connelly's and Lenny's on the Turnpike. [2] He went on to work in Pomeroy's band.

Later on he worked with Chet Baker and Stan Getz and accompanied vocalists Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, and Chris Connor. [2]

Between 1973 and 1975, Galper played in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet replacing George Duke. [2] He performed in New York and Chicago jazz clubs in the late 1970s. Around this time, Galper recorded several times with guitarist John Scofield for the Enja label. [2]

For 10 years (1980–1990) he was a member of Phil Woods's quintet. [1]

Galper left the Woods group in August 1990 to start touring and recording with his new trio with Steve Ellington on drums and Jeff Johnson on bass. From 1990 to 1999, his group was on the road six months a year.

Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six of Down Beat editions. His scholarly article on the psychology of stage fright, originally published in the Jazz Educators Journal, has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications.

He is on the faculty of Purchase College and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. [2]

Discography

As leader

RecordedReleasedTitleLabelPersonnel
19711971 The Guerilla Band Mainstream Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin (bass guitar), Charles Alias and Steve Haas (drums)
1971?1972 Wild Bird Mainstream Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Jonathan Graham (electric guitar), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin and Charles LaChappelle (double bass, bass guitar), Bill Goodwin (drums), Billy Hart (drums)
1972?1973 Inner Journey Mainstream Dave Holland (double bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)
19751976 Windows SteepleChase Lee Konitz (alto sax)
1977?1977 Now Hear This Enja Terumasa Hino (trumpet), Cecil McBee (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
19761977 Reach Out! SteepleChase Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1978?1979Speak with a Single VoiceCentury Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Bob Moses (drums)
1980Ivory ForestEnja
1987DreamsvilleEnja
1987NaturallyBlackhawk
1989PortraitConcord Jazz
1991Invitation to a ConcertConcord
1978?1991Redux '78Concord Jazz
1993Tippin' Concord Jazz
1994Live at Vartan JazzVartan Jazz
1994Just UsEnjaJerry Bergonzi
1995RebobEnjaJerry Bergonzi
19911991Live at Port Townsend '91 Double-Time Todd Coolman (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
19991999Let's Call This That Double-Time Tim Hagans (trumpet), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
20062006Agents of ChangeFabolaTony Marino (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)
20062007Furious Rubato Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
20082009Art-Work Origin Reggie Workman (bass), Rashied Ali (drums)
20092010E Pluribus Unum Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
20112011Trip the Light Fantastic Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
20122012Airegin Revisited Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
20162018Cubist Origin Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
1990 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Six Concord

[3]

As sideman

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Chet Baker

With Randy Brecker

With Tom Harrell

With Sam Rivers

With John Scofield

With Phil Woods

See also

Bibliography

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Rinzler, Paul; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Galper, Hal". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 8. ISBN   1561592846.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Hal Galper Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic . Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  3. "Hal Galper Albums and Discography". AllMusic . Retrieved September 3, 2021.