Band: The Celebration of Life for Jacob Hall
Date: Sunday, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., soulkitchenmobile.com
On Monday, August 3, local musician Jacob Hall unexpectedly departed this earthly life. He was 23. This talented artist is survived by his parents, John and Angie Hall, as well as his brothers, Kodi, John W. and Wyatt. In addition to his immediate and extended family, an abundance of friends, fans and musicians have been mourning the loss of this extraordinary young man.
On Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m., the Hall family invites everyone who has been touched by a personal and/or musical experience with Hall to join them at Soul Kitchen for The Celebration of Life for Jacob Hall.
According to a social media statement from the Hall family, The Celebration of Life will not be an open jam. The only music that will be played at this event will be original music composed by Hall himself.
When considering Hall’s musical talent, the term “multi-instrumentalist” takes on new meaning. Starting with childhood performances alongside his father and brother in the John Hall Trio, Hall’s instrumental curiosity led him to master any instrument that drew his attention. Many just experienced the sonic magic his hands pulled from the keyboard.
Hall also proved himself a virtuoso on the guitar, bass drums and anything else that caught his ear. Whether he was onstage or in the Hall family living room, he also exhibited a passion for performing he shared with all in attendance. He was more than just a sideman or a hired gun.
Hall’s extensive musical knowledge and charismatic stage presence made him an undeniable standout in front of audiences from Mobile to Nashville. When he walked into a venue, the crowd knew it would not be long until Hall took the stage with whatever band that was performing that evening. He could not help himself. Bands were ecstatic when Hall walked into a venue and welcomed him to the stage. They knew he would be taking the performances into new musical territories. These are musical experiences that will never be forgotten by either the musicians who jammed with him or the audiences he left craving more.
Hall’s extensive musical taste matched his instrumental knowledge. This aspect of his life could be seen through the numerous bands to whom he lent his musical talent. His love for Southern rock echoed through his time with the John Hall Trio. Hall’s piano was a beautiful accent to Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet’s fresh indie Americana rock. Hall’s affinity for country music led him to musical projects with locals such as Ryan Dyer and Justin Jeansonne, and it was not uncommon to see him onstage alongside his brother John W. in the Red Clay Strays. Blues rockers Johnny No welcomed extended live jam sessions Hall brought to the band’s sets. Guest spots alongside Symone French proved he had soul.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, Hall had been touring alongside folk singer-songwriter Abe Partridge. Hall also counted the late Azalea City underground band Fry Cook as one of his favorite groups and always longed for a copy of the band’s only full-length album, “Shoebyfour.” Clearly, this was a person in love with numerous forms of music.
Whether a fan or a fellow musician, Hall’s infectious personality was just as fantastic as his musical prowess. He tended to have a great sense of humor and a playful rapport with all those around him. If he did not have someone grinning with his performance onstage, then Hall’s bright wit and lighthearted nature offstage could pull a smile out of the sharpest frowns.
Considering the many great musical and personal facets of his life, Hall’s social and artistic impression on Mobile and beyond will leave numerous individuals missing this shining star in the local music scene.
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