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Inspired by the aural landscapes of modern groove, but grounded in the traditions of jazz and creative improvisation, The Jim Brenan Quartet builds an inclusive acoustic sound through the collective efforts of Jim Brenan (Tenor and Soprano saxophones), Rubim De Toledo (acoustic bass), Chris Andrew (piano, Rhodes), and Dana Hall (drums). Their third CD was released in 2013 and titled “January”. Jim’s previous release “the Throw Down” with the band “the Brenan Brothers” featuring Geoffrey Keezer, Ralph Bowen, Dana Hall, Terrell Stafford, Craig Brenan and Rubim De Toledo has been nominated for jazz album of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and received a 4 Star rating from downbeat magazine!  

Special guest Dana Hall, jazz drummer, composer and ethnomusicologist, is influenced by the work of Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, ‘Max Roach, and Roy Haynes, among many others. After completing his education in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, Hall received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey and his Masters degree in Composition and Arranging from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is presently a distinguished Special Trustees Fellow pursuing his Doctorate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

Hall has performed, toured, and/or recorded with Branford Marsalis, Ray Charles, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Wycliffe Gordon, Betty Carter, Diana Krall, Joe Williams, Maria Schneider, Mulgrew Miller and the Woody Herman Orchestra, among others. Hall is also the Music Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In 2004, Hall joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor of Music and is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy and Essentially Ellington faculties. Hall is currently an educator and mentor in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz’s Jazz in America Program and the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Artists Residency Program.

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