“The past is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.” – Jim Hall

Jim Hall was a pioneer in Jazz Guitar who checked out this week after 85 years on the planet.  He quietly influenced a couple generations of guitarists.  If there was such a thing as a Level 5 musician (Good To Great), Jim would be the prototype.  He knew how to play in the spaces so other band members could stand out and when it was his turn to be out front, it was always with great respect for the listener, the instrument and the music.

The thing about Jim was that he never rested on his past success.  He was always experimenting with what came next; constantly evolving and innovating… pivoting.

Musicians are some of the best entrepreneurs I know.  A perfect combination of the pursuit of a passion with the need to share it with the world.

Thanks for the music Jim!


Blogging Gazzelle is published daily by Shawn Carson


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