Chan HallAug 6, 2016 | 0 comments
Richmond-based jazz pianist and composer William “Chan” Hall’s soothing grooves provide a vibrant, expansive landscape of poetry in motion influenced by Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Chick Corea, and George Benson.
Formal classical training followed by private jazz lessons created the genesis of Chan’s distinctive sound. Enrollment in the Jazz Academy at Pine Camp under the direction of world-class jazz saxophonist James “Saxsmo” Gates was the most grueling test of his skills. During Jazz Academy, Chan learned to play with a group of talented musicians as well as further develop his knowledge of music theory. He later went on to study classical music at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
After playing with various ensembles, including Love Logic, The Santamaria Brothers, Cool Breeze, and Chan’s Elements, Chan decided to break out on his own. What followed was his debut album, Dreaming Afterdark. Heavy on the feel-good elements, the album provides an equal balance of groovy instrumentals, soul jazz, neo-soul, and poetry.
Chan has played for the Richmond Boy’s Choir, blues vocalist Lady E, and numerous churches in Richmond, Virginia. He has also performed on WTVR- CBS 6 Virginia This Morning, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Macy’s.