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Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Senior Lecturer

Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Email: shall@colum.edu
MM, DePaul University
BM, Northern Illinois University

Scott Hall has distinguished himself as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and producer of all things jazz.  He serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Columbia College Chicago and is continually engaged in all areas of his musical life.  Mr. Hall strongly advocates for arts education through implementing mentorship programs and teaching the history of jazz to students of all ages.  He founded and has operated Hallway Records, a Chicago-based jazz label, since 1997.  

His debut album Strength In Numbers received critical acclaim from many of the industry’s finest, including Down Beat magazine, and airplay on jazz radio stations around the world.  As a graduate jazz composition major at DePaul University, Scott received awards from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences and Down Beat magazine for his work as a jazz arranger.  This led him to being an active composer and arranger in the Chicago area.  In recent years, Scott has been working for jazz great Ramsey Lewis as his arranger on many projects for the Ramsey Lewis Trio and collaborators for premiers at the Ravinia Festival.  The PBS broadcast and DVD of Ramsey Lewis’ Proclamation of Hope recorded live at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. features Mr. Hall’s work as conductor and arranger.  The work is scored for wind ensemble, rhythm section and voice and is organized in eight discrete movements. Visual images from a range of sources depict various historical moments and concepts, and are viewed as the group performs the composition (available at pbs.org). 

Since his student days with Ron Modell and the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble, Scott carries on the tradition of collegiate jazz through directing the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble.  The ensemble has performed at the Vicenza Jazz Festival in Italy, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Midwest Clinic, Jazz Unites, Inc. Duke Ellington Tribute Concert, and many venues around Chicago such as the Jazz Showcase. 

Mr. Hall has performed and mentored around the world in cities such as Montreal, Rome, New York, Chicago, Beijing, Amsterdam, New Orleans, and Milan.  Mr. Hall has been fortunate to perform with many of the finest jazz artists in the world such as Jon Faddis, Mel Torme, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Joe Lovano, Lennie Niehaus, Lester Bowie, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Belgrave, Cedar Walton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Johnny Griffin, Ramsey Lewis, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and more.  He is the former music director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble having worked closely with their founder William Russo and later Artistic Director Jon Faddis.  Scott is a past president for the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education.   Member of ITG, MENC, IAJE, BMI, NARAS, A.F.M. Local 10-208.  Scott holds the Master of Music degree from DePaul University and the Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. 

Photo credit: Kyle Aaron Lacy BA ’07