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Jim Hall Dies
GRAMMY-nominated jazz guitarist Jim Hall died Dec. 10 from heart failure. He was 83. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Hall attended the Cleveland Institute for Music before moving to Los Angeles where he studied classical guitar and became a charter member of the late drummer Chico Hamilton's quintet. Hall subsequently worked with jazz figures such as bassist Ron Carter, saxophonists Paul Desmond and Sonny Rollins, pianist Bill Evans, and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. In 1957 he released his debut solo set, Jazz Guitar. Hall earned six GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including Best Jazz Performance By A Group for 1972's Alone Together (with bassist Ron Carter) and Best Jazz Performance By A Soloist (Instrumental) for 1976's Commitment. Among the jazz artists who have cited Hall as an influence are GRAMMY winners Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, and GRAMMY nominee John Scofield. In 1999 Hall and Metheny teamed for Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.