Critically acknowledged as Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall’s distinctive, elegant and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy. He first came to fame in the rhythm ‘n’ blues explosion of the sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown. Other British blues stars he played and recorded with at that time included Alexis Korner, Peter Green and Spencer Davis.
Whilst many of his contemporaries went on to international fame in the blues/rock field, Bob preferred to stay in London, pursuing his passion for the blues and acting as accompanist to a host of touring US bluesmen including John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Witherspoon, Chuck Berry, Homesick James, Lightnin’ Slim, and Charlie Musselwhite.
Bob subsequently led head-lining bands Tramp and Rocket 88, whose sidemen included Jack Bruce of Cream, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones and Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac.
In recent years Bob has moved in new directions, writing original songs and performing a range of music culled from blues, boogie, gospel and country sources. He is now recognised as a composer of considerable distinction, with a catalogue of finely crafted songs to his credit.
‘The finest blues and boogie woogie piano player this side of the Atlantic.’ – Folk Roots
‘Surely the finest of the British blues and boogie pianists – with a flair for imaginative lyrics.’ – Blues and Rhythm
See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival: