Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 8:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Friday April 10
Irwin Hall Organ Trio
"...showing a Mastery of both traditional and modern jazz idioms with an understated sound that highlighted the originality of his improvisation." -All About Jazz
Irwin Hall: Sax, Flute, Clarinet
William Gorman: Keys
Jerome Jennings: Drums
Irwin attended Princeton University on a full ride to study East Asian philosophy, learning Japanese and eventually moving to Tokyo.
He unexpectedly ran into songstress Melody Gardot backstage at the Tokyo Jazz Festival who heard him play and immediately hired him to go on back-to-back international tours with her band. Soon after he caught the ear of three-time Grammy and Tony Award winning, NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and joined her working band, honing his skills - under the master vocalist - on saxophone, flute, and bass clarinet. His woodwind work is featured on Theo Croker’s Grammy-nominated album Star People Nation, and he has toured with Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn and bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett, among many others.
Hall's album Pearls of Wisdom, is a swinging tribute to his elders and mentors, honoring the memory of the Newark Organ Jazz scene through which he was raised. “The album pairs a smoky Hammond B3 Organ with a traditional swing rhythm section, laying down a strong groove and showcasing Irwin’s masterful, melodic approach.
Irwin now leads his own band - Irwin Hall Organ Trio - and continues to perform in cities around the world, including London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio, Prague, New York, Paris, Melbourne, and more.
Irwin Hall Organ Trio was started in 2019. After spending 15 years touring the world, Irwin knew it was time to come home and pay homage to the raw power of the sax-organ-drum trio. The band has crafted the perfect mix, and debuted at the Black Cat in San Francisco, then immediately jumped into the studio to record their first album - We in It! to be released in 2020. They continue to tour, honing their concept, love and the passion they share for the music. With their distinctive sound, the band is ready to#bring their music to new fans around the world!