Pat Hall began playing trombone at the age of nine in his home state of Michigan and studied with Ava Ordman, Principal Trombonist of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. After attending Western Michigan University, majoring in Jazz Studies, he moved to New York City in 1985.
A veteran of New York's Latin music scene, Pat has performed with Raulin Rosendo, Ismael Miranda, Hector Tricoche, Adalberto Santiago, Andy Montañez, Willie Gonzalez, Nino Segarra, Luisito Carrion, Paquito Guzman, Lalo Rodriguez, Maelo Ruiz, Tito Nieves and Ray Barretto among many others.
He’s performed with jazz artists David Murray, Wadada Leo Smith, Jorge Sylvester, Ze Luis, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Gregorio Uribe, Lionel Hampton, Joe Gallant's Illuminati Orchestra, Meeting House Jazz Orchestra and many of New York’s great Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras.
In 2011, he co-lead (with saxophonist Chris Kelsey) Happy House, a record devoted to the compositions of Ornette Coleman, for the new Unseen Rain label which received a 3.5 star Downbeat review. Other projects for UR followed, including K3rn3lPaN1C, an album that fuses his love for improvised music with computer-based sound design.
His most recent project is Time Remembered: The Music of Bill Evans. It's unusual as Evans tributes go, principally in that it strips the tunes of their composer-imposed austerity. Pat takes a contrary approach. First, there's his choice of instrumentation – in place of piano and upright bass, he uses Greg "Organ Monk" Lewis on Hammond B3, with Marvin Sewell on guitar and Mike Campenni on drums. Second, there's the overriding aesthetic – chance-taking is the order of the day, with an emphasis on swing, which always lay at the core of Evans's music. "How can you get to the depths of his stillness, his subtlety?," Hall asks. "Anybody would come up short. But if you could make it swing? Start there." That's not all. "What if you didn’t have a piano at all? What if you recast it with a funky, swinging organ trio!? This could work!" In fact, the project was so much fun in the making, Pat, Lewis, Sewell, and Campenni intend to make it an ongoing project.