April 18, 1938|
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
He studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958. 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.
Between 1973-1975, Galper played in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet replacing George Duke. 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.
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.
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- The Guerilla Band (Mainstream, 1971)
- Wild Bird (Mainstream, 1971)
- Inner Journey (Mainstream, 1972)
- Windows (SteepleChase, 1975) with Lee Konitz
- Reach Out! (Steeplechase, 1976)
- Now Hear This (Enja, 1977)
- Redux '78 (Concord, 1978)
- Speak with a Single Voice (Enja, 1978)
- Just Us (with Jerry Bergonzi) (1993)
- Rebop (with Jerry Bergonzi) (1995, Fabola Records)
- Children of the Night (Double-Time Records)
- Agents of Change (Fabola Records, 2007)
- Furious Rubato (Origin, 2007)
- Art-Work (Origin, 2009)
- Trip The Light Fantastic (Origin, 2011)
- Airegin Revisited (Origin, 2012)
- O's Time (Origin, 2014)
With Chet Baker
- The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (Colpix, 1964)
- Baby Breeze (Limelight, 1965)
- Live At Fat Tuesday's (Fresh Sound, 1981)
With Cannonball Adderley
With Nat Adderley
- Double Exposure (Prestige, 1975)
With Phil Woods
- Birds of a Feather (Antilles)
- Bop Stew (Concord)
- Boquet (Concord)
- All Birds Children (Concord)
- Dizzy Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet (Timeless, 1986) - with Dizzy Gillespie
With John Scofield
- Rough House (1978)
- Ivory Forest (1979)
With Sam Rivers
- A New Conception (1966, Blue Note)
- 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
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