…viscerally exciting, intellectually formidable with a seemingly bottomless well of ideas…


                               -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Dana Hall - drums and cymbals

Dennis Carroll - bass

Scott Hesse - guitar

Drummer, educator, and ethnomusicologist Dana Hall has been an important artist on the international music scene since 1992.


In addition to serving as the Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, Mr. Hall maintains an active schedule collaborating with others both locally and abroad.  With professional tour credits on six continents and extensive concert, club, and festival appearances throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia, Mr. Hall has performed, toured, and recorded with a broad and diverse group of artists, including Nicholas Payton, Betty Carter, Bobby Hutcherson, Michael Brecker, Ray Charles, Horace Silver, and Benny Golson, among many others.


Dana also served as a permanent member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and was for thirteen years a member of the Terell Stafford Quintet, touring extensively with the group and featured on its last five recordings.


Mr. Hall is the leader of a number of ensembles and creative projects including The Dana Hall/Nick Mazzarella Duo; The Dana Hall Quintet; Polyglot, a quartet devoted to improvised and extemporaneously composed works; Black Fire, a project principally dedicated to performing and reimagining the music of pianist Andrew Hill; spring, a dynamic musical endeavor featuring two multi-instrumentalist woodwind specialists, acoustic bass, and his own drums, cymbals, mbira, and electronics; and Black Ark Movement, a project that sonically explores and excavates socio-political musical movements in Black metropolises.  Mr. Hall is also the former Music and Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

In addition, Mr. Hall is an award-winning composer and arranger. In June 2015, he presented a newly commissioned, multi-disciplinary work as part of the 2014-2015 Jazz at Symphony Center Series. For his debut performance as a bandleader here at Winter’s Jazz Club, Dana will present his Black Fire project. He and his ensemble will perform their arrangements of standards from the Jazz, Brazilian, and American Songbooks, including works by Billy Strayhorn, Gilberto Gil, Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and the aforementioned Andrew Hill.


Dana Hall uses, endorses, and is sponsored by Yamaha Drums, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.



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