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January 24, 2014 The innovative guitarist plays "Blue Monk" with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2003.
Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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December 13, 2013 The guitarist, composer and arranger died in his sleep Tuesday at 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades. Hear an interview from 1989.
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Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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December 11, 2013 The guitarist said he didn't "really have all that much technique anyway," but it was clearly enough to influence half a century of jazz musicians. Peers and proteges like Sonny Rollins, Julian Lage and John Scofield reflect on one of the finest ever on his instrument.
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The Jim Hall Trio with Julian Lage performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
August 5, 2013 One of the finest guitarists in jazz history — who made classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. Hear him perform with a younger guitar phenom.
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Guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio soundtracks Buster Keaton's Go West and two more films on a new DVD.
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January 8, 2010 There's so much good jazz coming out on DVD now (old stuff, new stuff, TV concerts and documentaries) that it's more than anyone can follow. But Kevin Whitehead says that a few recent releases really caught his eye and ear.
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December 1, 2009 Hall is in a league of players who've turned the tables for jazz and their respective instruments. As far as modernizing the sound and vocabulary of jazz guitar to the degree he did, longtime admirer and fellow guitarist Rez Abbasi says Hall is unmatched. Abbasi picks five songs, each of which reveals Hall's idiosyncratic technique.
August 1, 2001 Guitarist Jim Hall's career spanned five decades. A founding member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet (1955-1956), Hall later toured with Ella Fitzgerald and performed duos with Lee Konitz. In 1963, Hall joined with Bill Evans to record a classic piano/guitar duo session, Undercurrent.
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