THE VELVET PLAYBOYS
The VP’s capture a mood reminiscent of the Rat Pack or Louis Prima in Las Vegas in the 50s – swingin’ jazz, rockin’ rhythm and blues and good ol’ boogie woogie. Their repertoire of original music and classic tunes also feature more contemporary music in a vein similar to artists diverse as James Brown, Ray Charles & Harry Connick Jr.
Their debut album, I’ve Got News For You was released in 2007 and the band features on Adam’s follow up albums When It’s Party Time Down South (2011) and It’s You It’s Me (2012). In 2008 and 2010 the VP’s toured Australia with legendary rhythm and blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, and have recently performed shows with legends Syl Johnson and Betty Harris.
The VP’s recently completed a 5 year residency at The Mustang Bar in Northbridge, Western Australia where they have long been a favourite of Perth’s legion of young swing dancers.
Adam studied the craft in America at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Playing since 1990 (from the age of 10), Adam sings and plays trumpet, trombone, alto sax, piano, euphonium, mellophonium and a little bit of bass and drums for good measure. He played at the Sydney Olympics, was Artist in Residence at Southbridge Jazz Club (Singapore) and has made tours to Europe, Singapore, Boston, New York and New Orleans.
In 2005 he formed a classic styled rhythm and blues band, Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys.
Adam Hall has played with Big Jay McNeely, Syl Johnson, Betty Harris, Richard Jackson, Ray Collins Hot Club, James Morrison, Frank Foster (Count Basie Orchestra), Don Burrows, Shirley Horn’s band, Vanessa Amorossi and Grace Knight to name just a few.