Jim Hall, March 1982, Great American Music Hall. American Jazz guitarist and composer. A player's player, he played with Chico Hamilton Quintet, (19551956), Jimmy Giuffre Trio (19561959), Ella Fitzgerald (19601961), Ben Webster, Hampton Hawes, Bob Brookmeyer, John Lewis, Zoot Sims, Paul Desmond, Lee Konitz and Bill Evans. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations there with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ron Carter have become legendary.