Jim Hall was born on December 4, 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y. and as a youngster was surrounded by music. His grandfather played the violin, his mom the piano, and his uncle the guitar. It was his uncle who convinced Hall to take up the guitar at the age of 10. His talent was soon apparent and although it was against union policies, he began to play live in local dance bands at age 13. Like many of the jazz guitar greats of the 1950s and 1960s, it was the recordings of Charlie Christian that first turned Hall’s focus towards jazz.
Jim Hall’s family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. Having actually decided to make a profession in 오나홀 music he got accepted to and later graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Music. It was during this period of time that Hall became familiar with the gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Reinhardt’s recordings influenced the subsequent development of his guitar style. Not pleased with the financial prospects of working as a guitar player in Cleveland, Jim chose to transfer to Los Angeles in 1955.
There he felt he could both earn money and still continue his musical studies at The University of California in Los Angeles. He was also able to study classical guitar, for a short while, with Vicente Gomez. In 1958 drummer Chico Hamilton was forming what was to be the very first of his numerous outstanding jazz quintets. John Graas, the French horn player, recommended Hall to Hamilton. Hall got the job with what ended up to be among the most successful and innovative jazz groups of the day. He stuck with Hamilton for one and a half years.