The James Hall Jazz website, jameshalljazz.com, was set up in mid-2016. The original site was very simple, but has been greatly expanded and used to showcase my live events, CD, and other information related to my music.
In later 2016, I got a regular gig at Cellar Door (Sunday evenings from 4 - 6 PM). These weekly performances continued into earlier 2017. Also around this time, I began to play for events at Inklings Coffee & Tea, a recently opened coffee shop which faces back-to-back with the Cellar Door. In December 2016 and at a more recent event, I played background music at Inklings Coffee & Tea for shopping-related events.
On July 1, 2017, the first Tri-Valley Jazz Trio (James Hall Trio) performance took place, with Matt Finders on bass and Ren Whitney on drums, from 10:30 - noon.
The first well-promoted, well-attended, and officially-named of the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio concerts, this one featured Modesto Briseno (trumpet), along with Matt Finders (bass) and Kelly Fasman (drums). It was on a Friday and lasted from 7 to 9 PM.
The November 10th concert was an overflow concert, featuring saxophonist Guido Fazio with the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio, and the Noel Catura concert on December 1st was nearly a full house. At the beginning of 2018, the first ever guest guitarist was featured with the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio.
Since mid-2017, there have been more Independent article features, including one mentioning the Hugo Wainzinger concert. The Pleasanton Weekly also did a feature on the Trio called "All that jazz" in preparation for the February 9th concert.
Alto saxophonist Andrew Speight guested with the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio for another well-attended performance on February 9th, 2018.
In late 2017 and early 2018, concerts were scheduled all the way through July 2018, with an exciting schedule featuring musicians like the famous Anton Schwartz (July 20), New York musician Michael Marcus (June 8), return guest saxophonists Guido Fazio (March 23) and Noel Catura (June 22), return guest trumpeter Modesto Briseno (May 18), and award-winning saxophonist Benny Torres (April 27).