Keith Hall

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Keith Hall
Associate Professor, Jazz Drum Set, Jazz Studies
(269) 387-1113
1726 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
Mailing address: 
Irving S. Gilmore School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • M.A. Queens College
  • B.M. Western Michigan University
Teaching interests: 
  • Drum Set and Drum Choir
  • Combos
  • Career Skills
  • Jazz in American Culture

Keith Hall has established himself as a joyful performer and a passionate educator over the last 25 years and is the Associate Professor of Jazz Drum Set at Western Michigan University. For 12 years, Keith spent much of his time touring worldwide and recording with singer and Concord Recording Artist Curtis Stigers. Hall has also performed with the likes of Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Sir Roland Hanna, Michael Phillip Mossman, New York Voices, Andrew Rathbun, Janis Siegel, Terrell Stafford, Joe Wilder, and Steve Wilson among others. He has recorded five albums with his critically acclaimed trio TRI-FI. 

His new album, ‘Made in Kalamazoo – Trios and Duos’ features saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and Detroit bass legend Robert Hurst III. The recording received a 4 1/2 star review from DOWNBEAT Magazine and was included on their list of the 'Best Recordings of 2022'. features trio performances composed by Hall and Rathbun, as well as drum/saxophone duo improvisations. The album is a free-wheeling set of high-energy music that is a love letter of sorts to a place Hall appreciates for its vibrant arts community, dynamic industries and vital personal connections. Hall also pays homage to his towering role models Billy Hart, Elvin Jones and Max Roach. The album documents the drummer’s most accomplished and compelling playing and writing to date. 

Hall lived and worked in New York City for nine years performing in a multitude of musical contexts. Although most of these were jazz, he was also a regular sub for Tommy Igoe on Broadway’s Lion King. Hall was a member of the Latin-jazz quartet, Grupo Yanqui, chosen by the United States State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center to represent the U.S. in the American Music Abroad Program. Hall was also a member of the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead in 1997. 

Hall is the Artistic Director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive, a one-of-a-kind jazz drum camp that celebrated its 16th year. He is also the Executive Director of TUNED IN, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on supporting the power of music education to change lives. Hall is the author of two instructional jazz drum set books: Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1 and Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 2 and is the radio host for Jazz Currents on WMUK, the NPR affiliate in Kalamazoo, Michigan and hosts The Real Music Talk Podcast.

Hall presents clinics worldwide and is a proud endorser for Remo Drumheads, Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Zildjian Cymbals, Cympad, Big Fat Snare Drum, Rhythm Tech, and Protection Racket Drum Cases.