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The best kept secret in music

Press


“Glorious vocals...” - - The Boston GlobeThe Boston Globe


.... impresses by not trying to impress.” - -Northeast Performer


“...April’s passionate, evocative singing, from dark and misty to bright and soaring, ties it all together in a package that defies description.” - - The Tam


The Boston Globe Go! Weekend
Chill, baby, chill
By Amy Graves

Lately go! has been feeling sorry for all you snow-bedraggled cavemen and cavewomen of Boston's Ice Age.  We've seen you, digging out cars that could pass for igloos and squabbling over parking spaces, which is why we went looking for something that would start your weekend in a mellow tone.  And when we heard that the April Hall Quartet has just begun a short residency at the Top of the Hub, well, clang-clang-clang went our trolley.  As Hall (left) and her band swing through jazz standards with an effortless effervescence, we will be soaking up the clubby atmosphere of the sprawling, 360-degree bar and restaurant perched on the Pru's 52d floor.  The effulgent Hall, a Berklee grad with a rich, commanding voice and a classy stage presence, leads a graceful foursome that includes Kenny Hadley on drums.  Hall also sings with the local jazz ensemble Soul Kitchen, and even more remarkable to Go!, she could have been separated at birth from our friend Carolyn, a woman so unaffectedly smart and savvy that we often forget that she's five years our junior.  Hall, too, has the stage presence of an old soul of jazz.                


-FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2005 - The Boston Globe


Discography

Something Like That, 2000
The April Hall Quartet, 2003
Bee Boy Records

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Bio

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 with Atlantic Records for the likes of Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler and appeared on stage with artists such as Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore, and Livingston Taylor.

For the past 12 years, she has been performing with New England's finest musicians, including Kenny Hadley, Dino Govani, Jon Damian, Bruce Gertz, Tom Hall, Bob Neiske and Joe Muholland. 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 Family 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 and the NAFTA Convention.

April is also an award winning songwriter, and her music has been featured on Boston's "Women in Music" series (presented by WERS) and on "The Coffeehouse". In addition to leading the April Hall Quartet, she is currently the lead singer for Boston’s Premier R&B band Soul Kitchen.