Tammy L. Hall began playing the piano at age 4. A San Francisco resident since 1983, she continues to expand her musical experience not just through jazz, but through all music. Good music.
In pursuit of the creation, development, and performance of Good Music, Tammy has worked with and accompanied numerous ensembles, vocalists, and instrumentalists. These have included vocalists Etta Jones, Ernestine Anderson, the Supreme Mary Wilson, Melba Moore, Darlene Love, Linda Tillery, Kim Nalley, Paula West, Tiffany Austin, Denise Perrier, Connie Champagne, Queen Esther Marrow, Barbara Dane, Rhiannon, Holly Near, Vicki Randle, Veronica Klaus, Debbie de Coudreaux, and Pamela Rose; saxophonists Houston Person, Kristen Strom, Tia Fuller, and David “Fathead” Newman; violinists Regina Carter, Mads Tolling, and Laurie Anderson; harpist Destiny Muhammad; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Allison Miller, and Ruth Price; trombonist and educator Angela Wellman; the all-female jazz quintet ALIVE!; trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Seeling and the Montclair Women’s Big Band; and bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby.
She has played the North Sea Jazz Festival, Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, and the National Women’s Music Festival and at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center (The Appel Room, Dizzy’s), the Kennedy Center, and Joe’s Public Theatre in New York; SFJazz, Yoshi’s, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, and Rio Theatre in the SF Bay Area; and abroad at the Sala Filarmonica in Italy, the New York Grill in Japan, and the San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival in Mexico.
In 2018, Tammy and bassist Ruth Davies were featured performers at the 62nd Monterey Jazz Festival and Tammy served as the musical director of Sister Act: The Musical in San Francisco, with a non-gender-conforming cast. In 2018, the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle recognized Tammy’s work on Pamela Rose’s Blues Is a Woman with an award for Best Musical Direction. Tammy made her conducting debut in Turkmenistan and Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2015 and continues to work with Broadway Bound, a diplomatic arts outreach program founded by Amikaeyla Gaston of ICAHSI.