Produced by elfenworks, “Tammy Hall: Reflections” combines Tammy’s musical artistry with sophisticated cinematography by the elfenworks team, and visual effects by master editor-animator Tim Schaller. Director Lauren Speeth blends Hall’s inspired performance with dream-like imagery, inviting viewers to escape into a world of visual metaphor inspired and driven by the emotional qualities of the music. video podcast Among the original tunes are: “Pink Lightning,” “Lauren’s Step,” and “Pour Tania,” an ode to Tania Maria, a critically-acclaimed Brazilian pianist who sings along with her improvisational playing and who has inspired much of Ms. Hall’s music.
The film was released February 28, 2006 to critical acclaim including Summit and Telly Awards and festival awards for Best Jazz Short / Best Music Video (Cleveland) and Best International Documentary Short (Calgary).
“Tammy Hall: Reflections” was released along with Hall’s first CD with a jazz quartet, “Blue Divine,” on February 28, 2006. Both the CD and the DVD were selected by KCSM 91.1 (member supported S.F. Bay Area jazz radio) as appropriate thank-you gifts for new members during their 2006 pledge drive. Footage from this film has also been seen on Bay Area Focus with Susan Sikora on KBHK/UPN TV and at numerous film festivals, including:
The film had its world premiere screening at the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image [April 5-9 2006 in Tampa, FL] and its West Coast premiere screening at the Mendocino Film Festival [May 18-May 21 2006 in Mendocino, CA] where Ms. Hall was the headliner performing at the festival’s opening gala event. The film had it’s Southern Premiere at the Ocean Film Festival of the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary [September 23-25 2006 in Savannah, GA] and it’s Midwestern Premiere at the Indie Gathering Film Festival [August 4-6 in Cleveland, OH], where it was chosen as Best Jazz Short and was the overall category winner for Best Music Short as well. The film was then screened at the Black Earth Film Festival [November 8-12, 2006 in Galesburg, IL]. Its most recent screening was in Los Angeles, California at the Reel Women Film Festival in March, 2007.
Tammy Hall: Reflections had its European Premiere screening at the Globians Film Festival [August 2006 in Potsdam, Germany] on August 20th, 2006. Festival programmers at Globians describe Tammy Hall: Reflections as “moody jazz-piano transformed & reflected into a cinematic poem…” Its Canadian Permiere was at the Calgary Fringe Film Festival [August 11-20, 2006] which screened the film twice in its entirety and awarded us Best International Documentary Short .
Pianist, Organist, Composer, and Arranger Tammy Lynne Hall is one of the most in demand musicians in the Bay Area. In particular, her prodigious accompanist skills make her a top choice for such singers as: Rhonda Benin, Frankye Kelly, Lady Mem’fis, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Little Jimmy Scott, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Voz Do Brazil and the great Etta Jones. Stylistically, Tammy Hall is equally gifted in Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Brazilian, Salsa and Funk. Her major influences include Tania Maria, Beethoven, Lizst, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donnegan, and Thelonious Monk. Like her influences, Tammy brings a virtuosity to the piano that is never ostentatious, and her approach to the music is always genuine and fresh.
While living in Brussels, she formed the group “Touche Differente.” She performed both solo and with this group throughout Europe, playing venues including the Brussels Jazz Club, Club Machato, Der Zingel in Holland, the Ghent Music Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Antwerp Festival, Ostende Jazz Festival-Brugge, the Ferrari Club of Mechelen the Copacabana Club in Brussels, the Bierodrome Brussels, the Casino in Ibiza, and several Jewish festivals. Some of the players she collaborated with there include: Fabien de Griyse, Peter Cor, Gyle Waddy, Daniel Zannello, Mutzar Walley, Patrizio Battisti, and Noah Howard.
Ms. Hall now makes her home in the San Francisco-Bay Area. She has worked with award-winning cabaret singer Connie Champagne, violinist Jeremy Cohen, Ruth Davies, Mark Epstein, Philip Hamilton, Etta Jones, Frankye Kelly, Veronica Klaus, Lady Mem’fis, Allison Miller, Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Houston Person, Sassy Divas, Liza Silva, Robert Stewart, and Linda Tillery. Her arrangements have been used for live music performances, including Sassy Divas, Veronica Klaus At the Plush Room, TARC and A New Leaf Benefits and most recently, Equality California. She maintains a very busy performance calendar, accompanies the U.C. Santa Cruz Porter College gospel choir, and teaches privately. She is also a member of the highly acclaimed Montclair Women’s Big Band whose new CD, recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, was released in early 2006. Her charity work includes performances for Help Is On The Way, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center & and Children’s Hospital of Oakland’s Miracle Network.