Steve Hall, (ne Stephen) was born and raised In Montreal, taking up clarinet and saxophone in high school after some initial work on guitar and harmonica. His early influences there were saxophonists Brian Barley and Billy Robinson (Jathiya), and he sat in or worked with the preeminent musicians on the scene; Claude Ranger, Maury Kaye, Sadik Hakim, Nelson Symonds, Andrew Homzy. In 76 he met and began a long close musical friendship with saxophonist Bob Mover, recording and performing with him numerous times through the years and continuing to the present. In 77 he spent a year in Boston at New England Conservatory where he studied and performed with Joe Allard, George Russell and Jaki Byard, and recorded with and married vocalist Diane Tell, with whom he moved to New York City in 79.
During the 80s, Steve Hall worked with a number of big bands including Machito, Lionel Hampton, Gil Evans, Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers, and sat in with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, Dave Sanborn, and Roy Haynes. He recorded twice with Bob Mover, and made a number of recordings and gigs as a leader with musicians such as Benny Green, Dave Kikoski, Peter Washington, Cindy Blackman, Vincent Herring, Joe Locke, Ira Coleman, Ed Howard, and Steve Johns.
In the early 90s Hall met the brilliant pianist Kevin Hays, and in early 94, recorded an extensive program of originals and arrangements of standards featuring Hays as well as Cindy Blackman, James Genus, Steve Davis, Stafford Hunter, Emidin Rivera, and Doug Weiss. The following year he recorded with Hays for Blue Note ( Go Round) with Billy Hart, and became a member of Hays’ working groups in NYC and other East coast engagements. He began a musical partnership with electronica whiz Val Jeanty, and recorded on Blue Note once again with Diane Reeves. In 98 a recording for drummer Ralph Penland with Wallace Roney led to a period of work with the great trumpeter, including a European tour and a recording (No Room For Argument) with Lenny White, Buster Williams, and Geri Allen. During this period he led quartets featuring some fine pianists including Ms Allen, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Hays, and Xavier Davis.
In 03, he spent an extended period in Puerto Rico, performing in San Juan and other locations with local players. The following years in New York had engagements with trumpeter Waldron Ricks, with whom he shared the front line in a group called Blue Coda led by vibraphonist Derrick Barker. There were also club appearances under his leadership with fresh new talents; Sullivan Fortner, Rudy Royston, Marcus Varela, Zaccai Curtis, Kassa Overall, Darell Green among them. In 09 he reconnected with a frequent ally in earlier years, drummer Victor Jones, and became a member of his current band Culture-Versy.