April Hall combines her deep roots in southern gospel and blues with an urban soulfulness and jazz sophistication. Her voice, described as “Glorious” by the Boston Globe, is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the purest whisper to the most powerful soul-drenched delivery. But her masterful performances are always centered on bringing every song to life through emotional interpretation, playful phrasing, and rock solid rhythm. “The exquisite, soulful vocals of April Hall deliver every lyric with emotion and conviction.” - Jazz Times Magazine
Hall graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she received the prestigious Louis Armstrong Performance Award. She has done projects for Atlantic Records under the direction of Arif Mardin, for the likes of Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, and Bette Midler and has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Dinah Shore. Hall also performs and records with some of New England’s finest musicians, including Tim Ray, Gray Sargent, Les Harris Jr., Tom Hall, Joe “Sonny” Barbato, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Marty Ballou, Mark Poniatowski, Marshall Wood, Kenny Hadley and New Orleans's Amadee Castenell. She served as Executive Producer for ImprovLive 365, a daily webseries dedicated to exploring spontaneous creativity and improvisation, and co-produced Brandeis Universities first Improv Festival in 2015, featuring Milford Graves.
Hall is an award winning songwriter and her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series, on "The Coffeehouse”, WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” and the nationally syndicated "Jazz After Hours" with PRI's Jim Wilke. Hall’s jazz recordings have also topped the national jazz charts, and “Room for Two” was named one of the top 50 Jazz Albums of 2012 by Jazz Times Magazine. In addition to her ongoing performances, Hall also continues to work with students both privately and across the country holding master classes and clinics in modern vocal techniques and on the subject of "Songwriting in a Free Society”. Hall also teaches Musicianship (ear training), Jazz and R&B Ensembles as well as Music Theory for Vocalist at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
"Hall delivers with honey coated phrases that melt
gracefully while she upholds the tradition"-All About Jazz
April Hall revitalizes the classic jazz standard, creating music that’s alive with energy and attitude. From subtly nuanced ballads to soul-drenched blues, the emotional power of her delivery is perfectly framed by the elegant simplicity of her arrangements.
Hall’s performances are deeply personal from “I’ve Got the World on a String” and unapologetically swinging on “Foolin’ Myself”. She sings Jimmy Rushing’s “Boogie Woogie Blues” with an authentic southern swagger, and gives an unforgettably sultry rendition of Percy Mayfield‘s protest song “Please Send Me Someone to Love” featuring New Orleans saxophonist Amadee Castenell.
Add to Halls stunning vocals her stellar ensemble that organically follows the lead of Hall’s exquisite phrasing, and you can be sure that you emerge an admirer.