Time Out Chicago‘s music section recently profiled jazz drummer Dana Hall, PhD’10, following the recent release of his first album Into the Light. Currently finishing his dissertation with the Department of Music, Hall balances a demanding performance schedule while also working as a member of the music faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Although he maintains a grueling schedule of teaching and performing, Hall found time one weekend last year to record his debut album. Into the Light features Hall and several other musicians as they play original material as well as a few re-arrangements of jazz favorites. The album has received rave reviews from publications including the Chicago Tribune, Midwest Record, and City Beat.
From the article in Time Out Chicago:
Into the Light was recorded in just one day last winter, but it hardly sounds dashed off. The disc boasts fluid performances, impeccable chops and tasteful restraint from each player: trumpeter Terell Stafford, saxist Tim Warfield Jr., pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Rodney Whitaker. The group had enough material left over from the session for a follow-up recording later this year.
Despite all the hard work, Hall considers himself lucky: “A lot of times musicians, or artists in general, have to suffer a little bit to determine if this is really something they want to do.”