SFHDC 2018 Gala

Tammy Hall Trio

Tammy L. Hall - piano, vocals

Ruth Davies - bass

Ruth Price - drums

Tammy Lynne Hall began playing the piano at age four, in Dallas, Texas, where she was raised by two grandmothers, a grandfather and numerous aunts and uncles. Her earliest memories of the piano were of climbing onto the piano bench and picking out the notes to tunes she heard either on the radio, record player or something the choir sang at church.

It became evident that music had chosen Tammy to walk its path. Tammy later attended the prestigious and progressive Mills College in Oakland from 1979 to 1981. In pursuit of developing her own voice and the experiences of a ‘jazz’ life, Tammy left Mills College and gained more improvisational and accompanying experience sitting in with local bands in the Bay Area when a visit to Brussels, Belgium turned into a two-year stay. 

Since returning to the Bay Area in 1989, Tammy has worked with and accompanied numerous vocalists and instrumentalists, including award-winning cabaret singer and actress Connie Champagne, Etta Jones, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and chanteuse and actress Debbie De Coudreaux.

Tammy’s own compositions reflect an ongoing aspiration to reveal her own soul and best voice to the listening audience. Stylistically, Tammy is equally gifted in Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Brazilian, Salsa and Funk. Her major influences include Tania Maria, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donnegan, Joe Sample, Gene Harris and Thelonious Monk.

Tammy continues to expand her musical experience not just through jazz, but through all music. In 2015, Tammy made her conducting debut with the national orchestras of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) and Baku, Azerbaijan, working with Broadway Bound, a diplomatic arts outreach program founded by Paul Emerson of Company E and Amikaeyla Gaston, founder of the ICAHSI Foundation. Hall also works with SFJazz and Handful Players (Children’s Theatre after-school program) in addition to teaching and guest lecturing at Stanford University, the Oakland Public Conservatory, Black Girls Play, Lafayette Summer Music Camps, Marin Country Day School and the California Jazz Conservatory.