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Gigs for 2020


5 March 2000-2200
Mike Hall/ Andy Hulme duo
at Edge Theatre, Chorlton


12 March 2000
with Richard Wetherall and local rhythm section
at The Alsager Golf and Country Club


15 March 2100
Mike Hall/ Andy Hulme /Frank Grime
at Hillary Step, Chorlton


29 March 17.30-19.30
Mike Hall/ Andy Hulme/ Frank Grime trio
at Define Restuarant, Northwich
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

17 April 1930
with Richard Wetherall, Frank Grime and Eryl Roberts
at Hayfield Concerts Society
St. Matthews Church, Hayfield
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

20 April 2030
Mike Hall Quartet feat Andy Hulme
Woodhouses, Streetbridge Inn
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

29 April 2030
Paul Smith Quintet w Andy Hulme
Head of Steam, Huddersfield
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

1 May
with Echoes of Ellington
Church Stretton
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

12 May 2030
w Amy Exall-Roberts
at Wilmslow Con Club
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

15 May 1930
guesting w The Hootin' Annies Big Band
at Sale Con Club
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

17 May 2100
MHQ with Dan Whieldon, Eryl Roberts and Ed Harrison
Railway, Stockport
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

21 May 2000
Mike Hall's Boplicity
at Players Theatre, Davenham


31 May 1500-1800
Mike Hall/Robin Dewhurst Duo
at Saison, Burton Road, West Didsbury


5 June
with Jazz Collective
Lairgate, Berverley
CANCELLED due to Covid-19

18 June 2000
with Andy Hulme and local rhythm section
at The Alsager Golf and Country Club


19 June
Mike Hall Quartet
at Jazz on the Hill, Liverpool


6 July
with Andy Hulme
Southport


11 July
with Echoes of Ellington
Deal, Kent


26 September 1930
Mike Hall's Boplicity
at Heywood Civic Hall for the Rochdale Music Society


7 November 1930
Mike Hall's Boplicity
at Bollington Arts Centre





Lockdown Saxophone Exercises!



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I'm always adding more to this page... do check it from time to time!

Mike Hall Quartet: "Legends of the Tenor Saxophone"
Quartet set highlighting some of the key exponents of the tenor saxophone

Mike Hall/ Andy Hulme duo
Acoustic, virtuosic and energetic... Bossas, Ballads and Bebop!

Boplicity
Octet (5 horns + rhythms) playing West Coast style 'cool' jazz plus Ellington etc

The Messengers
Quintet featuring Steve Waterman

The Felonious Monks
12 piece ensemble playing original material commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival in 2013 (studio CD available)
click here for more information and to buy CD

Crystal
7 piece ensemble playing my original compositions soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, cello, paino, bass, percussion, vibraphone

Quadratus
Mike Hall Quartet plus string quartet

Mike Hall Quartet...

Boplicity in concert...

in duo with Dan Whieldon...

clip from Felonious Monks...

with Sax Assault...


For 25 years I had the priviledge to teach the subject that I am most passionate about; jazz, big band and improvisation.
In particular, I was musical and artistic director of the RNCM big band, a major college ensemble.


Guests with the RNCM Big Band since Mike began directing

  • Gerard Presencer (Oct 1999)
  • Nigel Hitchcock (Mar 2000)

  • John Dankworth (Nov 2000)
  • Ed Thigpen (Dec 2000)
  • Tim Garland (May 2001)

  • Dave O’Higgins (Nov 2001)
  • Digby Fairweather (Dec 2001)
  • Steve Waterman (Feb 2002)
  • Stan Tracy (Mar 2002)
  • Lee Gibson (May 2002)
  • Alan Ganley (Jun 2002)

  • Bob Mintzer (Nov 2002)
  • Don Lusher (Dec 2002)
  • Paul Newton (Feb 2003)
  • Tina May (May 2003)
  • John Wilson (Jun 2003)

  • Jiggs Whiggam (Nov 2003)
  • Ken Peplowski (Dec 2003)
  • Birger Sulsbruck (Feb 2004)
  • Julian Joseph (May 2004)
  • John Dankworth (July 2004)

  • Dave O Higgins and Julian Arguelles (Nov 2004)
  • John Wilson (Dec 2004)
  • John Warren with Steve Waterman (Jan 2005)
  • Anita Wardell (May 2005)
  • Andy Sheppard (July 2005)

  • Bob Mintzer (Nov 2005)
  • Pete Long (Ellington Night) (Dec 2005)
  • Matthew Herbert and Pete Wraight (Feb 2006)
  • Stan Sulzmann (May 2006)
  • Victor Mendoza (MD: Clark Rundell) (July 2006)

  • Tim Garland (Nov2006)
  • Digby Fairweather (Dec 2006)
  • Dennis Rollins (Jan 2007)
  • Jacqui Dankworth (May 2007)
  • Alex Wilson (July 2007)

  • Huw Warren (Oct 2007)
  • Ellington Sacred Music with Tina May (Dec 2007)
  • Mark Nightingale (Jan 2008)
  • Gerard Presencer (May 2008)
  • Colin Towns (July 2008)

  • Chris Potter (Nov 2008)
  • Quincy Jones night with Pete Long (Dec 2008)
  • Birger Sulsbruck (Jan 2009)
  • Norma Winstone (March 2009)
  • John Dankworth (June 2009)

  • Nikki Iles (Nov 2009)
  • Count Basie night with Alan Barnes (Dec 2009)
  • Steely Dan night with Mike Walker (Jan 2010)
  • Jiggs Whigham (March 2010)
  • Alex Wilson (June 2010)

  • John Taylor (Nov 2010)
  • Pete Long (Dec 2010)
  • Laurence Cottle (Feb 2011)
  • Gwilym Simcock (Apr 2011)
  • Guy Barker/Martin Taylor (July 2011)

  • Steve Waterman (Nov 2011)
  • Colin Towns (Dec 2011)
  • Steve Berry (Feb 2012)
  • Clare Teal (Mar 2012)
  • Bob Mintzer (July 2012)

  • Dave O'Higgins and Pete Wraight (Nov 2012)
  • Liane Carroll (Dec 2012)
  • Mark Bassey (Feb 2013)
  • Chris Garrick (Apr 2013)
  • Supertramp Night with John Helliwell (July 2013)

  • Julian Arguelles (Nov 2013)
  • Benny Goodman night with Pete Long (Dec 2013)
  • Tim Garland (Apr 2014)
  • Satie in Blue (guest arranger/director Gary Carpenter)(July 2014)

  • Julian Josepth (inc E=MC2 Basie set) (Oct 2014)
  • Northern Dance Orchestra Recreated (Dec 2014)
  • Mark Nightingale (Feb 2015)
  • Tina May and Nikki Iles (March 2015)
  • Colin Towns  Hamboug Suite and Orpheus  (July 2015)

  • Billy Strayhorn Tribute (Oct 2015)
  • Sinatra Night with Matt Ford (Dec 2015)
  • Ryan Quigley (Jan 2016)
  • Clark Tracey 'Alice in Jazzland' (March 2016)
  • Singers in Jazz (July 2016)
  • Malta Int Arts Fest: The Re-Write of Spring (July 2016)

  • Dave Hassell/Andy Scott (Nov 2016)
  • Tim Garland Commission Luca's Winter (Dec 2016)
  • Martin Taylor (Feb 2017)
  • The music of Fred Sturm (March 2017)
  • Laurence Cottle 'Tribute to Jaco' (July 2017)

  • A Hot Night in Paris (Nov 2017)
  • Alan Barnes' Christmas Carol (Dec 2017)
  • Steve Berry (Feb 2018)
  • Markus Stockhausen (March 2018)
  • Bart Van Lier (July 2018)

  • Eric Marienthal (Nov 2018)
  • China Tour (Nov 2018)
  • Pete Long (Benny Goodman)(Dec 2018)
  • Nathan Bray (Feb 2019)
  • Mike Hall's Farewell Concert w Amy Roberts, Russell Bennett, James Girling and John Helliwell (June 27 2019)



  • 1975 play Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra
  • 1976 student on Wavendon Allmusic course
  • 1979 graduate in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt Uni starting work with Wooton, Jeffries and Ptrs
  • 1981 first gig with NYJO (Isle of Wight)
  • 1984 special guest at Kendal Jazz Festival with Sue Kibbey and Tony Coe
  • 1985 first BBC broadcast with Michael Garrick Big Band
  • 1987 won Wavendon Allmusic Competiton (contestants included Ben Crossland!)
  • 1987 special guest in John and Cleo's Christmas Show
  • 1987 first Manchester Jazz Summer School as tutor
  • 1990 appeared as soloist at Cambridge Jazz Club
  • 1992 first performance of my saxophone quartet,'Tales of the Sun God' by Apollo Saxophone Quartet
  • 1993 post graduate course at RNCM to study classical saxophone
  • 1994 guest in John Helliwell's 50th birthday concert
  • 1994 first year teaching at Canford Summer School
  • 1995 tour of Malaysia with Michael Garrick Big Band
  • 1996 first gigs and recordings with Andy Scott's 'Sax Assault'
  • 1997 two appearances as reviewer on BBC R4 arts programme 'Kaleidoscope'
  • 1999 first concert directing the RNCM big band
  • 2002 play with Julian Joseph and Halle Orchestra
  • 2003 gigs with with 'Crystal'
  • 2004 start duo concerts with Dan Whieldon
  • 2006 week at Ronnie Scotts with Pete Long's Echoes of Ellington
  • 2006 with 'Sax Assault' play support to Yellowjackets in Slovenia