Hans Halt, M.M.
Lecturer: String Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Piano
- Office: CFA 135
- Phone: (775) 682-9032
Hans Halt holds his Bachelor and Master degrees from UNR and is a full time instructor of bass and jazz studies at the university. He is an integral part of the Program of Jazz and Improvisational Music, teaching all levels of jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, jazz composition and jazz keyboard techniques.
Mr. Halt began playing bass professionally over thirty years ago in Buffalo, NY. In 1980, Hans moved to the San Francisco Bay area gaining experience playing with top Bay Area musicians, including Mark Levine and Pete Escovedo. Since moving to the Reno-Tahoe area in 1985, Hans has been an active performer and composer with a variety of creative groups, including the Afro-Cuban jazz group No Comprende, The Ed Corey Trio (CD-Modal Citizen), and the University of Nevada, Reno's jazz faculty, The Collective, (CD's- North, Boats, Balance, Once and Again). He also performs regularly with the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Halt has performed with numerous top jazz artists participating in the Reno Jazz Festival, including Peter Erskine, Bobby Hutcherson, Geri Allen, Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, Ravi Coltrane, and Avishai Cohen and Joe Lovano. In June 2016, Mr. Halt organized a five day tour with acclaimed pianist Art Lande, and saxophonist Paul McCandless. In July 2016, he was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship grant from the Nevada Arts Council.
Mr. Halt is also an experienced clinician, having presented master classes and performances for the Reno Jazz Festival, Music Teachers National Association, The International Society of Basses, and Brigham Young University.
Album Notes: The Collective ...proudly announces the release of its latest cd, Once And Again. Recorded in June 2007, Once And Again features trumpeter Larry Engstrom, pianist David Ake, bassist Hans Halt, drummer Andrew Heglund, and, saxophonist Peter Epstein. This recording displays all of the fire, versatility, and inventiveness that audiences throughout the West have come to expect of this unit.
Release Date: 2008 | ASIN: B0019BFHIO
Song Title Composer Time 1. Once and Again David Ake / Hans Halt 7:07 2. Email From Nigeria Peter Epstein 5:27 3. The Bridges David Ake 4:50 4. A Small Exception David Ake 4:04 5. Picture and Frame David Ake 3:21 6. Flyswatter Hans Halt 4:00 7. Ineluctable Modality Larry Engstrom 5:26 8. The Present Tensely David Ake 4:24 9. Tube Talk Andrew Heglund 5:54 10. Loro Egberto Gismonti 6:30 11. Calendar Larry Engstrom 4:40 12. Gyroscope Hans Halt 7:05 13. Goodnight Nobody [for Hillary Case] David Ake 5:44
- Recorded July 22 & 23, 2005
- Recording and Mixing Engineer: Tom Gordon
- Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Records
- Upon completion of this album: The Collective sends its warmest thanks to Tom Gordon, Andy Barbera, CJ Walters, Danna Higley at HUNA, Reno's For the Love of Jazz Society, Dent Hand, Ed Corey, Julia Bledsoe, and the rest of the faculty, staff, students and administration of UNR. Extra thanks to our families and friends for the continued love and support.
- Release Date: 2006
Song Title Composer Time 1. Balance David Ake 3:28 2. Friday the 13th Thelonious Monk 2:30 3. Women's Dance Milcho Leviev 6:20 4. Ornette's Advice Peter Epstein 5:00 5. Jitterbug Waltz Fats Waller 5:11 6. We Do? David Ake 4:15 7. Lone Pine David Ake 4:34 8. Mirrors Hans Halt 5:54 9. Brilliant Colors Thelonious Monk 3:55 10. Fun Nat Adderly 6:20 11. Fat Morning David Ake 6:33
Album Notes: Recorded in May 2003, Boats features trumpeter Larry Engstrom, pianist David Ake, bassist Hans Halt, drummer Andrew Heglund, and the Collective's newest member, saxophonist Peter Epstein.
Release Date: 2003
The Collective, one of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States, features trumpeter Larry Engstrom, pianist David Ake, bassist Hans Halt, and drummer Andrew Heglund. 11 Songs.
- Audio CD
- Label: The Collective
- ASIN: B000OEB45W
- Available from Amazon.com Marketplace.
Music Performances at UNR
Faculty and student ensemble performances occur frequently throughout each semester. Check the Department of Music Events Calendar for upcoming recitals and concerts.