Hal Melia Quartet

Posted by JazzyLee on 1st June 2011 in Artists

The energy and personality Hal Melia brings to both his teaching and his performing are contagious. Those who have experienced his workshops, classes, and performances never forget the tireless effort and positive aura he exudes in any setting. He is the epitome of the multi-instrumentalist – he plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinets (Bb, Eb Soprano, and Bass), and EWI (electronic wind instrument). A consummate professional, Hal is noteworthy as a vocalist and scat singer, and has composed and arranged a body of work for a variety of settings.

Hal now resides in Dayton, Ohio, serving as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone, Woodwinds, and Jazz Studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. In addition, Hal serves as Musical Director for the Miami Valley Summer Jazz Camp, teaches privately, and performs quite often both regionally and nationally.

Hal’s premier CD, WADUYATHINK, was released in 1993 on Positive Music Records and was a top 25 jazz CD. The recording features straight ahead jazz music, including both original compositions and original arrangements of jazz classics and standards. Along with Hal on Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Saxophones and Flute, the CD features Dayton area artists Jeff Hufnagle on Piano, Bob Bowen (now in New York) on Bass, and Steve Barnes (now in Los Angeles) on Drums. Special guest artist Kenny Drew, Jr. on Piano appears courtesy of Antilles Records.

Hal maintains a high profile as a performer, traveling across the nation as well as regionally doing Broadway Shows (most recently The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors in Kansas City and Columbus, OH), various jazz performances and recordings (Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, OH), and serving as clinician and adjudicator for numerous jazz festivals. Hal is much in demand for club performances and recordings (Marilyn Maye and many others) both regionally and nationally.

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