Jim Hall, born in Buffalo and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national and international attention in the late 1950s. By 1960, Hall had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others, and participate in live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter. Hall continues to compose, record, and perform with a variety of ensembles around the world. In addition to working with his own trio, Hall performs with various guests, including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, the New York Voices, Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny, Slide Hampton, and others.
In 1999, Jim Hall released a duo recording with Pat Metheny, who called Hall the "father of modern guitar playing." Their eponymous release was reissued by Nonesuch Records in November 2011.
Jim Hall died on Decemeber 10 in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 83.