April Hall

April Hall

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandJazz

April, a Florida native, has roots steeped in southern tradition, music and culture. Her deep roots in southern gospel and blues combine with urban soulfulness and sophistication to create a modern Jazz sound that’s pure, gutsy, and unmistakably authentic.

Biography


The CD: On her latest CD, “Fun Out of Life”, 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 organically leads her stellar ensemble with her exquisite phrasing. Her performance is deeply personal on “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 of Allen Toussaint and Elivs Costello).

April, a Florida native, has roots steeped in southern tradition, music and culture. Her deep roots in southern gospel and blues combine with urban soulfulness and sophistication to create music that’s pure, gutsy, and unmistakably authentic.

April’s voice is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the subtlest nuance to the most powerful soul-drenched belting with equal ease and mastery. But her focus is always on singing the song, in the tradition of classic singers like Joe Williams, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett.

In 1993 April 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 Melissa Manchester, Bette Midler and Chaka Khan and has appeared on stage with artists such as Al Jarreau, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Rosemary Clooney and Dinah Shore. For the past 12 years, she has been recording and performing with New England's finest musicians, including Tim Ray, Marshall Wood, Kenny Hadley, Dino Govoni, Jon Damian, Bruce Gertz, Tom Hall, Bob Neiske, Jerry Bergonzi, John Lockwood, Marty Balue and Amadee Castenell.

Her graceful good looks and powerful presence have captivated audiences at every conceivable venue, from night-clubs like The Regattabar and Scullers to the fine ballrooms of the Copley Plaza and Ritz Carlton, from the Vonn Trapp Estate in New Hampshire to the mansions of Newport, from intimate parties on the Cape to major events like the Anthony Spinazolla Gala Festival of Food & Wine, National Democratic Convention and the NAFTA Convention.

April is also an award winning songwriter, and her music has been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and on Boston's "Women in Music" series (presented by WERS), "The Coffeehouse" and WGBH's Premier Jazz show, "Eric in the Evening" and PRI.

Lyrics

Boogie Woogie Blues (I May Be Wrong)

Written By: Count Basie - Jimimy Rushing


I may be wrong but I wont’ be wrong always
I may be wrong but I wont’ be wrong always
you’re gonna long for me baby one of these rainy days

I left my baby in the back door crying
I left my baby in the back door crying
she said baby, you got a home as long as I got mine

baby, tell me what on your worried mind
baby, tell me what on your worried mind
because you keep me boppin, and worrin al the time

I wanna see my baby, see my baby bad
I wanna see my baby, see my baby bad
hes the sweetest man, that I’ve ever had

I long to hear my baby call my name
I long to hear my baby call my name
she calls so easy, I’m so dog gone plane

I may be wrong but I wont’ be wrong always
I may be wrong but I wont’ be wrong always
you’re gonna long for me baby one of these rainy days

Discography

Fun Out of Life-2009
Bee Boy Records, Boston, MA

Hall Sings Hines-2005
Spice Rack Records

Riding the Bull-2004
AFI Productions

Twilight-2003
Spice Rack Records

Something Like That-2000
Bee Boy Records, Boston, MA