Full Name
Keith Hall
Job Title
Western Michigan University
Speaker Bio
Keith Hall has established himself as a passionate educator and joyful
performer over the last 25 years and is the Professor of Jazz Drum Set
at Western Michigan University. For 12 years, Keith spent much of his
time touring worldwide and recording with singer and Concord
Recording Artist Curtis Stigers. Hall has also performed with the likes
of Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Sir Roland Hanna, Michael Phillip Mossman, New York Voices, Andrew Rathbun, Janis Siegel, Terrell Stafford, Joe Wilder, and Steve Wilson. He has recorded four CDs with Curtis Stigers as well as many other artists and he continues to tour and record with his critically acclaimed NYC-based trio TRI-FI.
Hall lived and worked in New York City for nine years performing in a
multitude of musical contexts. Although most of these were jazz, he
was also a regular sub for Tommy Igoe on Broadway’s Lion King. Hall
was a member of the Latin-jazz quartet, Grupo Yanqui, chosen by the
United States State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center to represent the United States in the American Music Abroad Program. Hall was also a member of the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead in 1997. Hall is the Artistic Director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive, a one of a kind jazz drum camp that celebrated its 14th year in 2020. He is also the Executive Director of TUNED IN, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on supporting the power of music education to change lives. Hall is the author of two instructional jazz drum set books: Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1 and Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 2 and is the radio host for Jazz Currents on WMUK, the NPR affiliate in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Hall presents clinics worldwide for Remo Drumheads, Yamaha Drums,
Vic Firth Drumsticks, Zildjian Cymbals, Cympad, Big Fat Snare Drum,
Rhythm Tech, and Protection Racket Drum Cases.