Jim Hall - Jazz Guitar Icon Jim Hall Dies

Iconic jazz guitarist Jim Hall has died, six days after his 83rd birthday.

The revered musician passed away in his sleep at his New York home on Tuesday (10Dec13) after a brief illness, according to Jane Hall, his wife of 48 years.

The Big Apple native began performing professionally as a teenager while living in Ohio, where he studied piano, bass and theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He moved to Los Angeles during the mid-1950s and joined bandleader Chico Hamilton's quintet, before leaving to work in the Jimmy Giuffre Three.

Hall collaborated with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and saxophonists Paul Desmond and Sonny Rollins, while he was also known for his recordings with pianist Bill Evans and bassist Ron Carter, mellow music which heavily influenced young proteges Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell.

He received a slew of top accolades throughout his 60-year career, including the New York Jazz Critics Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger in 1997, and he became the first modern jazz guitarist to be presented with America's highest jazz honour, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master title, in 2004.


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