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2013-02-14

7:30PM

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"The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver
every lyric with emotion and conviction." - Jazz Times

April Hall Quintet Valentine's Day Concert

Featuring: April Hall; Vocals
Tim Ray; Piano
Tom Hall; Saxophone
Marty Ballou; Bass
Les Harris Jr.; Drums

Join April Hall for a special Valentine’s Day journey through the humor, heartbreak, passion and fun of romance, as expressed in our most memorable and greatest love songs. Hall's "achingly beautiful voice" that "caresses the heck out of a melody line", combined with her deeply swinging all-star band, are sure to create a performance that will move your heart, body, mind and soul.

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.

Her newest CD, "Room for Two" was released this past summer to widespread critical acclaim and worldwide airplay. Recorded with a cast of eight stellar musicians, it is a bold and intimate exploration of the art of the duo, where the unique pairings of one voice with one instrument expose a rich landscape of normally hidden musical subtlety.

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.

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 songwriting, and is Executive Producer for ImprovLive 365, a daily webseries dedicated to exploring spontaneous creativity and improvisation.

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