Barrie Lee Hall Jr.

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Born: June 30, 1949 | Died: January 25, 2011    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Rarely does the phone ring at 3 a.m. with good news. But nearly 37 years ago, when Barrie Lee Hall Jr.’s mother-in-law woke him because there was “some ‘Duke’ on the phone,” the early-morning call launched a career.

The “Duke” on the phone was Duke Ellington.

Hall was an aspiring trumpet player at Texas Southern University. Hours before, he had met Ellington at the Shamrock Hilton show in Houston, where a friend had even bragged about Hall’s musical accomplishments.

“Duke says, ‘Oh, yeah? How come he’s not playing in my band?’ and he takes my number down,’ ” Hall said, remembering a conversation from 1972 with the band leader and pianist....
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Source: Tara Dooley

As sideman Duke Ellington's Third Sacred Concert: Duke Ellington
Continuum: Mercer Ellington
Take The Holiday Train: Mercer Ellington
Hot And Bothered: Mercer Ellington
Digital Duke: Grammy Award winner: Mercer Ellington
Music Is My Mistress which Barrie Co Produced: Mercer Ellington
Sophisticated Ladies: The Cast Album
The Lady: Anita Moore
Searching For The Truth: Sebastian Whittaker
One For Bu: Sebastian Whittaker
Echoes Of Harlem: John Dankworth and The Rochester Philharmonic
In My Solitude: Cleo Laine And John Dankworth
The Cotton Connection: Teresa Brewer And Mercer Ellington
Only God Can Make A Tree: The Duke Ellington Orchestra Projects for the Ellington OrchestraOrchestrator/Arranger for the Broadway Hit "Sophisticated Ladies"
Orchestrator/Arranger for the Jazz Opera "Queenie Pie"
Orchestrator/Arranger for the Television production of "The Duke Ellington Special" on PBS. Trumpet and voice duet of the song "Creole Love Call" with Lee playing trumpet and opera star Kathleen Battle singing. Additional Projects/ Arrangements for Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Vivian Reed, Melba Moore, Phyllis Hyman, Judith Jamison, Maureen McGovern,.
Arranger and guest soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra.
Guest soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Music director of the touring company of the Broadway Hit "Sophisticated Ladies" starring Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
Orchestrations for The Seattle Symphony.

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