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|Born||April 18, 1938|
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
He studied classical piano as a boy, but switched to jazz which he studied at the Berklee College of Music from 1955 to 1958. He hung out at Herb Pomeroy's club, the Stable, hearing local Boston musicians such as Jaki Byard, Alan Dawson and Sam Rivers. Galper started sitting in and became the house pianist at the Stable and later on, at Connelly's and Lenny's on the Turnpike. He went on to work in Pomeroy's band.
Between 1973–1975, Galper played in the Cannonball Adderley Quintet replacing George Duke. He performed in New York and Chicago jazz clubs in the late 1970s. Around this time, Galper recorded several times with guitarist John Scofield for the Enja label.
Galper left the Woods group in August 1990 to start touring and recording with his new trio with Steve Ellington on drums and Jeff Johnson on bass. From 1990–1999, Hal's group was on the road six months a year.
Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six of Down Beat editions. His scholarly article on the psychology of stage fright, originally published in the Jazz Educators Journal, has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications.
|1971||1971||The Guerilla Band||Mainstream||Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin (bass guitar), Charles Alias and Steve Haas (drums)|
|1971?||1972||Wild Bird||Mainstream||Randy Brecker (trumpet, electric trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Jonathan Graham (electric guitar), Bob Mann (electric guitar), Victor Gaskin and Charles LaChappelle (double bass, bass guitar), Bill Goodwin (drums), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1972?||1973||Inner Journey||Mainstream||Dave Holland (double bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)|
|1975||1976||Windows||SteepleChase||Lee Konitz (alto sax)|
|1977?||1977||Now Hear This||Enja||Terumasa Hino (trumpet), Cecil McBee (bass), Tony Williams (drums)|
|1976||1977||Reach Out!||SteepleChase||Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1978?||1979||Speak with a Single Voice||Century||Randy Brecker (trumpet), Michael Brecker (tenor sax, flute), Wayne Dockery (bass), Bob Moses (drums)|
|1991||Invitation to a Concert||Concord|
|1978?||1991||Redux '78||Concord Jazz|
|1994||Live at Vartan Jazz||Vartan Jazz|
|1994||Just Us||Enja||Jerry Bergonzi|
|1991||1991||Live at Port Townsend '91||Double-Time||Todd Coolman (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)|
|1999||1999||Let's Call This That||Double-Time||Tim Hagans (trumpet), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), Steve Ellington (drums)|
|2006||2006||Agents of Change||Fabola||Tony Marino (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)|
|2006||2007||Furious Rubato||Origin||Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)|
|2008||2009||Art-Work||Origin||Reggie Workman (bass), Rashied Ali (drums)|
|2009||2010||E Pluribus Unum||Origin||Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)|
|2011||2011||Trip the Light Fantastic||Origin||Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)|
|2012||2012||Airegin Revisited||Origin||Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)|
|2016||2018||Cubist||Origin||Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Jeff Johnson (bass), John Bishop (drums)|
|1990||–||Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Six||Concord|
With Cannonball Adderley
With Nat Adderley
- Double Exposure (Prestige, 1975)
With Franco Ambrosetti
- Heartbop (Enja, 1981)
With Chet Baker
- The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (Colpix, 1964)
- Baby Breeze (Limelight, 1965)
- Live at Fat Tuesday's (Fresh Sound, 1981)
With Randy Brecker
- Score (Solid State, 1969)
With Tom Harrell
- Open Air (SteepleChase, 1986)
With Sam Rivers
- A New Conception (Blue Note, 1966)
With John Scofield
- Rough House (1978)
- Ivory Forest (1979)
With Phil Woods
- Birds of a Feather (Antilles)
- Bop Stew (Concord)
- Boquet (Concord)
- All Birds Children (Concord)
- Dizzy Gillespie Meets Phil Woods Quintet (Timeless, 1986)
- Forward Motion: From Bach To Bebop. A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing.
- The Touring Musician: A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road
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