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Hal Galper

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With more than 82 recordings to his credit, 20 as a leader in his own right, the pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author, and touring artist Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, John Scofield, and the Phil Woods Quintet. His recordings as a leader with Mike and Randy Brecker are considered among the best.

Graduating from the Berklee College of Music at the height of the be-bop era, his reputation grew steadily in the changing environment of jazz. He anchored such bands as the Slide Hampton Quartet, Lee Konitz Duo, Stan Getz Quartet, and many others. His biography is listed in the National Encyclopedia of Jazz, and he has 100 original compositions recorded and published.

Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six editions of “Down Beat” magazine, and his scholarly article on the psychology of stage fright, originally published in the “Jazz Educators Journal,” has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications. Fast becoming the last word on the subject, his book The Touring Musician, A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road (Billboard Books) is into its second printing. Hal is on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He extensively travels the college lecture-workshop circuit.

He has earned a Grammy Award and nomination for his recordings with the award-winning Phil Woods Quartet and Quintet; a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music; multiple awards for outstanding service to jazz education from the IAJE; and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation, and New School of New York.

Hal Galper’s music displays some of the best qualities of mainstream jazz. Hal’s ability to select and arrange rarely heard tunes from the standard repertoire, his penchant for lyrical improvisation, and his commitment to a dancing, deeply swinging beat, makes his music accessible to a broad range of listeners.

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