Hal Galper

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Hal Galper
Born(1938-04-18)April 18, 1938
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPiano
Websitewww.halgalper.com

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

Biography[edit]

He 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. 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.

Between 1973-1975, 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.

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 1990-1999, Hal's 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.

Hal is on the faculty of Purchase College and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel
1971 The Guerilla Band Mainstream With Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin (electric bass), Charles Alias and Steve Haas (drums)
1971? Wild Bird Mainstream With Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Jonathan Graham (electric guitar), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin and Charles LaChappelle (bass, electric bass), Bill Goodwin (drums), Billy Hart (drums)
1972? Inner Journey Mainstream Trio, with Dave Holland (bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)
1975 Windows SteepleChase Duo, with Lee Konitz (alto sax)
1976 Reach Out! SteepleChase Quintet, with Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1977? Now Hear This Enja Quartet, with Terumasa Hino (trumpet), Cecil McBee (bass), Tony Williams (drums)
1978? Redux '78 Concord
1978? Speak with a Single Voice Enja Quintet, with Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Bob Moses (drums); reissued as Children of the Night by Double-Time
1990 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Six Concord Solo piano; in concert
1991 Live at Port Townsend '91 Double-Time Trio, with Todd Coolman (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
1993? Just Us with Jerry Bergonzi
1995? Rebop Fabola with Jerry Bergonzi
1997 Fugue State Clue Chip Jazz Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
1999 Let's Call This That Double-Time Quintet, with Tim Hagans (trumpet), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)
2006 Agents of Change Fabola Trio, with Tony Marino (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)
2006 Furious Rubato Origin Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2008 Art-Work Origin Trio, with Reggie Workman (bass), Rashied Ali (drums)
2009 E Pluribus Unum Origin Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums); in concert
2011 Trip the Light Fantastic Origin Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2012 Airegin Revisited Origin Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2014? O's Time Origin Trio, with Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)
2016 Cubist Origin Quartet, with Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)

As sideman[edit]

With Cannonball Adderley

With Nat Adderley

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Chet Baker

With Randy Brecker

  • Score (Solid State, 1969)

With Phil Woods

With Tom Harrell

With John Scofield

With Sam Rivers

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Forward Motion: From Bach To Bebop. A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing.
  • The Touring Musician: A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road

References[edit]

  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. ^ Biography at allmusic

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