Biography

Darryl Hall the Bassist

Darryl  is an American jazz bassist who has lived in France since 2004. Previously, he lived in New York for twelve years where he participated with some of the world’s greatest artists. He performs many genres of jazz and participates in a variety of projects with artists from the U.S. and Europe, traveling around the globe. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, birthplace to some of the world’s finest bassists including Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Charles Fambrough, Percy Heath, Jymie Merritt, Christian Mcbride, Arthur Harper, Tyrone Brown, and Victor Bailey.

While in New York, Darryl  performed with many jazz luminaries including Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Lundy, Hank Jones, Mary Stallings, Geri Allen, James Williams, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane, and Robert Glasper, among others. In 1996 he was the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition. Living in France since 2004, he has performed with many European and American artists throughout Europe, including Martial Solal, Cedar Walton, Archie Shepp, George Cables, Harold Mabern, Donald Brown, Piero Odorici, Kirk Lightsey, Uri Caine, Dianne Reeves, Didier Lockwood, Christian Escoude, Baptiste Trotignon Florin Nicolescu, Ximo Tebar, Dado Moroni, Rosario Guiliani, Joe Locke, Willie Jones, Wayne Escoffery, Laurent de Wilde, Aldo Romano, and many more.

 

Predominantly self-taught, Darryl studied privately with pianist Gerald Price and bassist Tyrone Brown and studied composition at Manhattan School of Music. He learned early in life to appreciate many types of music. But he holds the strongest allegiance performing music of the African American diaspora: jazz, gospel, soul, and Latin. He also has a great love and knowledge of the music of Brazil. His versatility, soulfulness, openminded-ness, and professionalism have made him very much appreciated.

Milestones

 

  • BBA Marketing, Temple University 1986

  • Winner Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition 1996

  • Master Program Composition, Manhattan School of Music 2001

  • The bandstands of Phila, NYC and the world