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Scott Hall

(518) 894-3267

Baritone saxophonist Scott Hall began playing the saxophone at the age of ten, while growing up in San Diego, CA. While in high school, he was introduced to the large jazz orchestra and immediately became hooked. He began studying with locally renowned saxophone teacher Dick Harvey, a former member of the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Scott was a founding member of the San Diego Youth Jazz Band, and while playing with them he gained the opportunity to play in San Diego's best professional big band, the Big Band Jazz Machine. Following his love for music, after high school in 1999 he enrolled in the world renowned jazz program at The University of North Texas. While at North Texas he performed with many local bands including The Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Along with performing, he was sought as a private instructor and was also a panel judge for the Texas High School All-State Jazz Ensemble. After his second year at North Texas, he was selected to be a member of the prestigious Disney Collegiate All-Star Band in the summer of 2001. Following his studies at The University of North Texas, he went on to study at California State University, Sacramento. He played lead alto in the top jazz ensemble for the two years that he attended school there. In January of 2004 he was selected to be a member of the California State University All-State Jazz Ensemble, assembled with the best musicians from the 23 California State University campuses. This ensemble was directed by a number of the jazz program directors from the schools, and featured original arrangements specifically for the band. Following graduation in 2004, he relocated to Albany, New York. He has had the chance to play and perform with many different groups, and is currently a member of Keith Pray's Big Soul Ensemble. Scott has played professionally in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Dallas, and Upstate New York. His performance credits include Ralph Lalama, Gary Smulyan, Jerry Weldon, Alan Ferber, Ingrid Jensen, Andrew Speight, Christopher Holyday, Nancy Kelly, Bob Florence, Steve Houghton, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Kashiwa, Tom Kubis, Shelly Berg, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and The Big Band Jazz Machine (San Diego).