Hal Galper

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Hal Galper
Born (1938-04-18) April 18, 1938 (age 84)
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.

Harold Galper (born April 18, 1938)[1] is an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and writer.


He was born in Salem, Massachusetts, United States.[2] Galper studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958.[1] He hung out at Herb Pomeroy's club, the Stable, hearing local Boston musicians such as Jaki Byard, Alan Dawson and Sam Rivers. Galper started sitting in and became the house pianist at the Stable and later on, at Connelly's and Lenny's on the Turnpike.[2] He went on to work in Pomeroy's band.

Later on he worked with Chet Baker and Stan Getz and accompanied vocalists Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, and Chris Connor.[2]

Between 1973 and 1975, Galper played in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet replacing George Duke.[2] He performed in New York and Chicago jazz clubs in the late 1970s. Around this time, Galper recorded several times with guitarist John Scofield for the Enja label.[2]

For 10 years (1980–1990) he was a member of Phil Woods's quintet.[1]

Galper left the Woods group in August 1990 to start touring and recording with his new trio with Steve Ellington on drums and Jeff Johnson on bass. From 1990 to 1999, his group was on the road six months a year.

Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six of Down Beat editions. His scholarly article on the psychology of stage fright, originally published in the Jazz Educators Journal, has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications.

He is on the faculty of Purchase College and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.[2]


As leader[edit]

Recorded Released Title Label Personnel
1971 1971 The Guerilla Band Mainstream Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin (bass guitar), Charles Alias and Steve Haas (drums)
1971? 1972 Wild Bird Mainstream Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Jonathan Graham (electric guitar), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin and Charles LaChappelle (double bass, bass guitar), Bill Goodwin (drums), Billy Hart (drums)
1972? 1973 Inner Journey Mainstream Dave Holland (double bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)
1975 1976 Windows SteepleChase Lee Konitz (alto sax)
1977? 1977 Now Hear This Enja Terumasa Hino (trumpet), Cecil McBee (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
1976 1977 Reach Out! SteepleChase Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1978? 1979 Speak with a Single Voice Century Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Bob Moses (drums)
1980 Ivory Forest Enja
1987 Dreamsville Enja
1987 Naturally Blackhawk
1989 Portrait Concord Jazz
1991 Invitation to a Concert Concord
1978? 1991 Redux '78 Concord Jazz
1993 Tippin' Concord Jazz
1994 Live at Vartan Jazz Vartan Jazz
1994 Just Us Enja Jerry Bergonzi
1995 Rebob Enja Jerry Bergonzi
1991 1991 Live at Port Townsend '91 Double-Time Todd Coolman (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
1999 1999 Let's Call This That Double-Time Tim Hagans (trumpet), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
2006 2006 Agents of Change Fabola Tony Marino (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)
2006 2007 Furious Rubato Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2008 2009 Art-Work Origin Reggie Workman (bass), Rashied Ali (drums)
2009 2010 E Pluribus Unum Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2011 2011 Trip the Light Fantastic Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2012 2012 Airegin Revisited Origin Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2016 2018 Cubist Origin Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
1990 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Six Concord


As sideman[edit]

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Chet Baker

With Randy Brecker

  • Score (Solid State, 1969)

With Tom Harrell

With Sam Rivers

With John Scofield

With Phil Woods

See also[edit]


  • Forward Motion: From Bach To Bebop. A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing, AuthorHouse, 17 July 2003, ISBN 978-1410712141
  • The Touring Musician: A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road, Alfred Publishing, 10 January 2007, ISBN 978-0739046890


  1. ^ a b c Rinzler, Paul; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Galper, Hal". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 8. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hal Galper Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "Hal Galper Albums and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2021.

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