Tammy Lynne Hall began playing the piano at age 4. Raised by her very supportive grandmothers, grandfather, and aunts and uncles, she became church accompanist in middle school and played for her school choir. Influenced by greats like Fats Waller, Hazel Scott, and many others, Tammy won numerous awards and scholarships. Radio, church, R&B, soul, pop and more contributed to Tammy’s core sound, a fusion of Jazz, Gospel and Classical.
Tammy played with Bay Area bands, then ended up in Brussels, where she cofounded the quintet Touche Differente, playing in Brussels Jazz Club, North Sea Jazz Festival, Antwerp, France, Holland, and Ibiza, and recording with saxophonist Noah Howard. Back in the Bay area since 1989, Tammy has worked with Connie Champagne, Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), Debbie De Coudreaux, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Houston Person, the late David ‘Fathead Newman’, jazz violinists Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, orchestra leader/bassist Marcus Shelby, guitarist Terrence Brewer, vocalists Holly Near, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Lynne Asher, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Lady Mem’fis, Veronica Klaus, Diane Witherspoon, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, Derek Lassiter, Frankye Kelley, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lisa Ferraro Erika Luckett, Karen Drucker, and the late Etta Jones.
Tammy works as an instructor (faculty)/mentor with non-profit organizations giving inner city children access to the arts, including Adventures In Music (AIM), The Handful Players Children’s Theatre, the Drew School, Jazz Camp for Girls at the Jazz School (Berkeley), Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Zellerbach Foundation, Yoshi’s and the Jazz & Heritage Center of San Francisco, Musically Minded Academy, and Narada Michael Walden Foundation.
Tammy has accompanied numerous choirs, and shares a Music Ministry with the Centers for Spiritual throughout the Bay Area and California. She has performed in Japan, Mexico, and across Europe, including a 30-city international tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel; and at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, Sala Filharmonica (Trento, ITALY), Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA. She appears on numerous recordings.
- Website: www.tammyhall.com