Tammy L. Hall, Accompanist.
Tammy is pianist, organist, composer, and arranger who began playing piano at age 4 and started to accompany her church choir by age 7. She received a music scholarship to Mills College in Oakland, California. She has since gone on to work with many award-winning cabaret singers, including Denise Perrier, Kim Nalley, Branice McKenzie, Darlene Love, Pamela Rose, Kenny Washington, Mary Wilson, and the great Etta James. She has also worked in rhythm sections for bandleaders Houston Person, David 'Fathead' Newman, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Marcus Shelby, and the Bay Area's own Montclair Women's Big Band. After living two years in Brussels, she formed the ensemble "Touche Différente" and performed throughout Europe. She had been the accompanist for the Inner Light Ministries Choir in Soquel, CA for fourteen years and is now in service at Heart and Soul Center of Light in Oakland. In May of this year Tammy worked as Musical Director for Company E, a dance and theatre company headed by Paul Emerson for Broadway Abroad, a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department, in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2013, Tammy and her Quintet, headlined at the Monterey and San Jose Jazz Festivals and Tammy was selected to participate in a 30 city-42 performances, European tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. Other venues of note include The Allen Room and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Stanford University and San Francisco Jazz's Miner Auditorium. Some of her original music can be heard in the John Korty documentary, "Miracle In A Box: A Piano Reborn."