Adam Hall s an accomplished Trumpeter, Vocalist and Composer based in Perth, Australia. He began playing in 1990 at the age of ten, and later studied the craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Adam is also competent in playing the Trombone, Alto Sax, Piano, Euphonium, Mellophonium, and a little bit of Bass and Drums for good measure.
In his early career Adam played at the Sydney Olympics and was Artist in Residence at Southbridge Jazz Club, Singapore. He has worked with numerous talents such as: James Morrison, Don Burrows, 45-year-long former leader of the Count Basie Orchestra Frank Foster, Shirley Horn's band, Vanessa Amorosi and Grace Knight, to name just a few.
Adam has since made tours to Europe and various cities all over the world including Singapore, Boston, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He has performed throughout Germany at the Jazzclub Rheingau, Yorckschlösschen, Ratskeller Köpenick and on the Rhein River, and played at the Rockin’ Race Jamboree in Spain and the Metropol in Vienna. Adam was a guest musician in Jeremy Monteiro’s Merry Bebop: A Jazzy Christmas for 2013 and headlined the opening night of the Berne Jazz & Blues Sessions in Switzerland in 2014.
Adam Hall features on Bluesin’ The Groove’s 2013 album ‘Mess Around’, which won Blues Album of the Year in Germany and ranked number 5 in the international list.
In 2005 he formed a classic Rhythm & Blues band, ‘Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys’. The band is somewhat of an institution of the Perth music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including:
- Mark Turner (Guitar)
- Anthony Dodos (Trombone)
- Matthew Hanson (Drums)
- Ashley de Neef (Double Bass)
- Matthew Schmalkucke (Keys)
- And regular special guest appearances from sensational jazz vocalist Jessie Gordon.
The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements, which can be found on their four albums:
- I’ve Got News For You (2007, feat. Big Jay McNeely)
- When It’s Party Time Down South (2011, feat. Richard Jackson and Rick Smith)
- It’s You, It’s Me (2012, feat. Jessie Gordon)
- The Rhythm Spectacular - The Music of Beyoncé (2014, feat. Jessie Gordon and Yara Neto)
‘Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys’ was nominated for Best Jazz Act in the 2010 West Australian Music Industry awards, and have been a hit at major festivals and events around Australia: The Narooma Great Southern Blues Festival (NSW), Wintersun (Qld), MLX (VIC), Alice Springs Cup Ball (NT), Fairbridge Folk Festival, Shinju Matsuri Pearl Festival, and Bridgetown Blues (all WA).
In 2008 they toured with legendary US Rhythm & Blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely and played shows with legends Syl Johnson and Betty Harris. They performed throughout Europe in 2013, playing at the Blue Note (Osnabruck, Germany), Aachner Vieher (Cologne, Germany), Grand Blues Jam (Bergkamen, Germany), Vienna Blues Festival (Austria), Les Caveau de Augustins (Bayonne, France), and at the Sultan Jazz Club (Singapore).
The band currently holds weekly residencies at Perth’s Laneway Lounge, and the Mustang Bar in Northbridge. In June 2014 they will tour Europe and Singapore again.
As Louis Prima said: "We just want to play pretty music for the people."