Keith Hall
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Where are you located?
Helsinki, Finland
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist
Tell us a little about your background...
Born in Wembley London England.I am mainly self-taught,but studied with Joe Hodson, Frank King and had a couple of lessons from Joe Morello. In 1968, I was lived and performed in South Africa. I was was a founder member of the 70's chart -topping pop group "Pickettywitch" and performed on all their recordings."Pickettywitch" made many appearances on BBC's legendary pop programme "Top Of The Pops" and performed at NME poll-winners concert at Wembley Arena. I then went on to play with the famous 60's group "Gerry and the Pacemakers" with whom I toured internationally for 5 years. I returned to my jazz roots by joining UK's "Terry Lightfoot band" where I stayed for 5 years. I was also engaged in several of London's West End theatres working on such musicals as "With a Little help From My Friends","Cabaret", "West-Side Story",and national tours with "Hair", "Grease", "Godspell" and "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Since then, I have performed and recorded around the world with many top international artistes.e.g. Jay McShan, Richie Cole, Al Grey,The London Jazz Big-Band,Ted Curzon, Ron McClure, Mike Longo, Pete Yellin, Tommy Whittle,Chris Spedding, Spike Heatley, Kenny Baker, Peter Ind, Bo Stief, Hans Backenroth, Lars Erstrand, Jan Ludgren, D*** Heckstall-Smith, Bob Wilbur, Janusz Camello, Hacke Björksten, Frank Ricotti, Alec Dankworth, John Etheridge, Kymi Sinfonietta,The Rosenberg Trio, Finnish Opera Big-Band and many others. In May 1987, I worked in Finland for the first time with the Chicago-born pianist June "Pepper" Harris and her trio. We returned many times to Finland and also performed and recorded in Singapore as well. While in Helsinki,I met the lady who was not only to change my life, but also my address as well!

I moved from London to Helsinki in 1990 and married top Finnish fashion designer Titvi Ikäheimo. I am currently performing internationally with Finland's famous Antti Sarpila Swing Band, with whom I have recorded, to date,26 albums and the first Finnish Jazz DVD. I also performed for 11 years with one of the world's "hottest" piano trio's led by Grammy-award winning pianist, Marian Petrescu. This trio wowed audiences and critics alikearound the world, since its inception in 2000. The trio has been ecstatically received in the USA and was also invited to perform a nationally televised concert at the Kremlin Moscow in 2007. The trio continue appear at many major jazz festivals around the world.In addition to my continued wotk with Antti Sarpila, I have a new project with Canadian singer-song writer Douglas Pashley.

I also freelance internationally, performing and recording with large and small groups and encompassing a wide range of musical styles.

So far, I have visited over 58 countries and have performed on television and or radio in over 30. For 5 years, I produced and presented my own weekly radio show "Playback" on a local radio station in Helsinki.


I Have been an endorsee-player for Premier Gen-X drums UK, since 2001. Other products that I currently endorse are, Istanbul Agop cymbals Turkey, Hardcore drum cases UK and Regal-Tip sticks and brushes USA.

Premier Gen-X series colour: Hand finished Cherry wood
Bass Drum 20" x "16" Power Bass Drum
Tom-Tom 10" x 9"
Tom-Tom 14" x 14"
Snare Drum 14" x 5½" Custom Vintage Maple
6000 series hardware
6000 series double chain-drive pedal
All batter heads Remo Ambassador coated
Sticks: Regal-Tip 8A Hickory
Brushes: 583R Classic
Cymbals: Istanbul AGOP hand-made cymbals Turkey

8" Classic Splash
14" Classic Hi-Hats
16" Classic Thin Crash
18" Classic Medium Crash
21" Classic Jazz Ride
22" Swish Knocker

Plus various other Istanbul cymbals depending on the musical situation.


In addition to music, my hobbies are golf (handicap 9.0), reading, photography, Photoshop, cooking, wine.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Through my good friend Ray Blue
What Instrument do you play?
Drums, Percussion
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Contact information:

Business +358 9 488422
mobile    +358 50 55 69426

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At 7:32am on November 12, 2009, June Harris said…
Hey Keith, I don't think I have ever told you what a pleasure it was to work with you. You, my friend as a musician, drummer, percussionist and fellow artist and are very sensitive to their playing or singing , musician first and percussionist. Add to this you're fun to play with...and the audience feels the vibe. This group is great. Keep it up. June H.
At 12:35pm on December 20, 2008, Patti Wicks said…
Hey Keith,
Great to find you here, too! :-) Jaijai has created such a nifty website for us all-players, fans, writers with so many resources for new and up-coming players, too.
You guys sound great, too!
Thanks for the kind words about my tracks.
which are from 3 CDs.
Talk to you soon.
Hugs to Marion and Mischa (spelling apologies in advance. :-)
At 9:56am on October 17, 2008, Mike Longo said…
Hi Keith:
Of course I remember you from Pori. It was fun! How have you been? Keep up the good work.
At 4:14pm on March 15, 2008, PHATFOOT Drum & Keyboard Harness said…
STOP your drums from sliding!
Check out and join the PHATFOOT family.
At 9:02am on March 3, 2008, billy hall said…
great last
At 9:01am on March 3, 2008, billy hall said…
welcome to the jazznetwork...lot,s of great people to meet...


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