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Hal Galper, Pianist
Hal Galper, an excellent jazz pianist and master educator at the New School, studied at Berklee (1955-1958) and then worked in groups led by artists the caliber of Chet Baker, Stan Getz, the Brecker Brothers, Bobby Hutcherson, and with such singers as Joe Williams, Chris Connor, and Anita O'Day. He played electric piano with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet during its last years (1973-1975) and also spent time playing with Lee Konitz and John Scofield.
According to one reviewer, Galper’s 1976 record, Reach Out, was one of his best to that point. Post-bop and Latin styling were the playgrounds upon which Galper played, and the feature for Michael Brecker, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” is transcendent.
Galper recorded as a leader for Mainstream, SteepleChase, Enja, Concord, and Blackhawk, and gained his greatest visibility for being a pianist with Phil Woods' quartet/quintet from 1981 to 1990.
He’s been on the scene as a professional for about 50 years, so his insights into the changes in jazz and the music scene are telling. It was exciting to listen to Hal Galper’s story, and how it intersected with the course of jazz history.