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  • Profile:

    In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today‘s most surprising and satisfying pianists. A student of the piano from the age of six, Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He quickly gravitated to the city’s jazz clubs, supplementing his formal Berklee training by studying the performances of such Boston stalwarts as Jaki Byard, Sam Rivers and Herb Pomeroy. It wasn’t long before Galper had soaked up enough practical jazz knowledge that he was employed as house pianist at The Stables, Lennie’s On The Turnpike and Connelly’s, leading Boston jazz emporiums. Beginning his international performing career in a three-year stint with trumpeter Chet Baker, he went on to be an integral member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. He also worked with Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz and Roy Eldridge, among dozens of other major jazz figures. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galper formed one of his most critically acclaimed groups as a leader in the early '70s. With trumpeter Randy Brecker, his saxophonist brother Michael, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Billy Hart, the new Hal Galper Quintet debuted at Sweet Basil in New York’s Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak With a Single Voice, Children Of The Night and Redux 78. Galper’s discography includes 103 albums, with 33 of them under his name. He is a leader not only as a performer but also as an educator, with emphasis on theory, performance and the worldly side of music as a profession. He is a founding member of New York's New School Of Jazz And Contemporary Music. His best selling theory of "Forward Motion, From Bach To Bebop, A Corrective Approach To Jazz Phrasing" was the first interactive E-book in which its more than 300 musical examples could be played in a computer browser. It offers insights into the workings of melodies, secrets of phrasing and ways of practicing to enhance jazz performance. Both the E-book and hard cover edition of Forward Motion, along with information on his other books and writings, are available at www.halgalper.com. http://www.halgalper.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hal-Galper-Trio/116975761721062

    Degrees Held:

    Artists Diploma: Berklee College of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award: Berklee College of Music IAJE Certificates of Appreciation: 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996 Harvard University Certificate of Appreciation

    Awards And Honors:

    1989 With the Phil Woods Group: Since 1980, placed in the top three positions in the Down Beat Readers Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz Group, winning first place in 1985. Since 1980, placed in the top three positions in the Down Beat Critics Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz Group, winning first place in 1988 and 1989. In 1982, “Birds Of A Feather” was nominated for a Grammy. In 1983, “Live At The Vanguard” won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Group (Acoustic) as well as the Grand Pix Du Disc of France. In 1985, “Integrity: was voted Best International Jazz Record by the Italian Critics Poll. In 1985, The group won the Golden Feather Award. In 1987, The group won the National Association Of Jazz Educators Poll. Hal Galper’s Trio: “Invitation To A Concert” won #2 position in the Jazz Times Critics Poll of the top ten recordings of 1990. “Redux ’78” won #5 position in the Jazz Times Critics Poll of1991. “Best of ’91 Performance”, #4 position in top five, Earshot Magazine’s Critics Choice. “Best of ’91 Performance #8 position in the top ten, The Boston Globe. “1996 Award For Outstanding Service to Jazz Education” IAJE

    Current Courses:

    Rhythm Section Workshop