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Most Recent Castaway - 27th February, 2015
Tammy Hall (2015)

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(Photo by Sandy Morris)

Pianist Tammy Hall began playing the piano even before her feet could reach the pedals. She was raised in Dallas, Texas, by a grandfather, a brace of grandmothers, and a bevy of aunts and uncles. From the very start, she had an excellent ear, picking out melodies she heard on the radio, or the record player, or from the church choir. In fact, she started out in music as a church accompanist.

Those grandmothers ensured that Tammy both took lessons and kept her academic grades up. Once she'd graduated from high school, her impeccable grades got her into Mills College in Oakland, where she went from 1979-81. Thereafter, Tammy lived in Brussels for two years, forming a group with saxophonist Dr Josylyn Segal, and touring the festivals and venues of Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.

Tammy has been back in the Bay Area for 25 years now, and has played with just about everybody and on every kind of gig. She's an especially effective with singers: among those whom she's accompanied are Kim Nalley, Pamela Rose, Denise Perrier, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Holly Near, Melba Moore, Ernestine Anderson, Queen Esther Marrow, Kenny Washington, and Etta Jones.

Tammy is a superb teacher and mentor at a number of non-profit arts organizations and musical institutions, giving tirelessly of her time.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Tania Maria Viva Brazil Sangria Concord
# 2 Shirley Horn Here's to Life Quietly There Gitanes
# 3 Al Jarreau Jarreau Save Me Warner Brothers
# 4 Quincy Jones I Never Had It So Good Love A&M
# 5 Azymuth Outubro 500 Miles High Milestone
# 6 Amikaeyla Gaston Being in Love Dreamer Rootsmusic
# 7 Milton Nascimento Missa Dos Quilombos Ofertorio Universal Music
# 8 Etta Jones Fine and Mellow/Save Your Love for Me Let's Beat Out Some Love Muse
# 9 Aretha Franklin Let Me in Your Life Until You Come Back to Me Atlantic
         
Book A blank Real Book
         
Luxury Item A Steinway D