Hal Singer

As a young man, Singer took part in the seething excitement of Kansas City as well as New York’s 52nd Street adventure which saw the birth of BeBop... He starts his career in the territory bands of the Southwestern United States, under T. Holder and then Ernie Fields, Lloyd Hunter, Tommy Douglas. Later he joins Jay McShann’s big band, travelling extensively. Arriving in New York in 1943, the young saxophonist is engaged by Chris Columbus, Earl Bostic, Roy Eldridge, Big Sid Catlett, Don Byas, Henry «Red» Allen, «Hot Lips» Page, Willie "The Lion" Smith and Lucky Millinder. At 29 years of age, Singer joins the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The next year, Hal touches fame with the hit «Cornbread» (Savoy Records). From that moment, his name shines above Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Metropole and countless theaters and clubs around the country with singers like Billie Holiday, Little Esther, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, entertainers like Jackie Wilson or the boxing champ’ Joe Louis and, of course, thousands of famous musicians (Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Jo Jones, Charlie Shavers, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Clarke ... among so many others). Considered to be the roots of Rock’nRoll, Singer’s hits from the 1950s are included in numerous anthologies. Dennon has reissued "Rent Party", a selection of his Savoy recordings distributed by BMG, Classics has reissued his American chronological recordings from 48 till 51. Hal Singer’s music, a blend of the many stages of a career rich in evolutions and experiences (he was a student at the Juilliard School of New York and took courses at the Berklee School in Boston), combines the feeling of Blues and Swing, the rhythmic power of Rhythm and Blues with the sophistication of Modern Jazz... (more about Hal Singer on his website www.halsingergroup.com)