Russell Hall

Russell Hall

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29 age

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May 19, 1994 Birthday

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Kingston, Jamaica Birthplace

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Russell Hall is an Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated jazz artist. A double bassist, Hall has performed with musicians including Kathleen Battle, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Barry Harris, Wayne Shorter, and John Baptiste. He is also a member of the Emmett Cohen Trio. Hall's band, “Bessie and The Rainbowkids” is a group comprised of artists from all around the world who’s mission is "to bring peace to all ears and love to all hearts."


In 2013 Hall was part of the Emmy-nominated film HBO: Masterclass with Wynton Marsalis. Originally Hall was interested in playing the drums but he accidentally walked into a guitar class so he started playing the bass guitar. Hall leads a project called "The Enigmatics" that focuses on the music of jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

Early Life

Russell Hall was born in Kingston, Jamaica. As a child he was interested in the dramatic arts and started playing the bass guitar. When he was 13, Hall moved to Ft. Lauderdale and began playing the double bass in the award winning Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble. He was a member of the Jazz Band of America and played professionally around South Florida before moving to New York City to study with master bassists Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe at The Juilliard School.