James Hall Jazz  

Jazz Pianist in Pleasanton, California

First Years (March 2013 - December 2015)

Music Beginnings

I bought my first electric piano in March 2013, and quickly learned the basics of jazz. I got a piano teacher within the next year (New World Music Academy) and began to improvise.

Playing in Public

I first played at Stoneridge Creek in late 2015, which was the first time I had played live. This essentially marked the end of practice and the beginning of live jazz.

Solo Piano Era (December 2015 - June 2017)

The First CD

In mid-2016, I began recording my music, and released a CD of my playing in later 2016. It includes several numbers, some of which are my own compositions.

James Hall Jazz Website

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.

Late 2016 Performances

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.

The Second CD

In mid-2017, the CD James Hall Plays James Hall featuring my own compositions was released. A few of the tracks that were on the CD can be found on this website.

Tri-Valley Jazz Trio Era (July 2017 - Present)

July 1 Concert

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.

Jazz Labb

In mid-July 2017, I played in the Jazz Labb concert at Bent Creek Winery (jazzlabb.com).

Independent / Times-Herald Article Features

In mid-2017, there was a feature in the local Independent newspaper (independentnews.com) about the upcoming September 8th concert. On October 13, 2017, the Times-Herald newspaper did an article feature about the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio. (eastbaytimes.com)

September 8 Concert

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.

Late 2017 / Early 2018 Concerts

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.

Late 2017 / Early 2018 Article Features

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.

February 9th Concert Features Andrew Speight

Alto saxophonist Andrew Speight guested with the Tri-Valley Jazz Trio for another well-attended performance on February 9th, 2018.

Concert Schedule Through July 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).