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Most Recent Castaway - 22nd May, 2015
Alan Hall (2015)

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(Photo by Hali McGrath)

Drummer Alan Hall is a true Bay Area native: born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose.

If you've seen Alan performing, then you've probably not known it: as he says "I'm the drummer in the background". Yet it's probable that you have seen him: he's been at Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni, and on gigs with Taylor Eigsti, with Billy Childs and Bob Sheppard at Monterey, and with Eddie Harris, Kenny Werner, Betty Buckley: the list goes on.

After his studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Alan studied privately with Alan Dawson, legendary not only as a drummer in his own right but as an excellent teacher—among Dawson's many other protégés are Tony Williams and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Alan later taught on the Berklee faculty himself from 1986 to 1993, and has adjudicated and given classes, workshops and clinics throughout North America.

As Alan himself put it, frustrated with students' failures "after having them read and execute pages of written jazz rhythm material on the drum set", he "decided to find a less reading-intensive way to teach them the language". The result was his book "Internalization", which you can work online.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Miles Davis Nefertiti Fall Columbia
# 2 Weather Report Weather Report Current Affairs Columbia
# 3 Bill Evans and Toots Thielemans Affinity Sno Peas Warner Bros
# 4 Yellowjackets Club Nocturne Stick_To_It_ Ive_Ness Warner Bros
# 5 Robert Glasper In My Element Intro to "Y' Outta Praise Him" Blue Note
# 6 Robert Glasper In My Element Y' Outta Praise Him Blue Note
# 7 Tigran Hamasyan Mockroot The Apple Orchard in Saghmosavanq Nonesuch
         
Book Mary Lynn Kotz, "Robert Rauschenberg: Art and Life"
         
Luxury Item A fully equipped art studio/drum studio