Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Hal Gaylor's new careers
The double bass player Hal Gaylor stopped playing when a virus left him deaf in his right ear in 1973 (Times Herald-Record). He was only 44 at the time and tried to keep playing, but couldn't hear the music well enough to play at the level he had reached. Eventually he began a new career as a therapist and certified hypnotherapist for addictive personalities. On the side he also sketches portraits of jazz musicians which can be seen on his own website
. Gaylor had started his career in his native Montréal where his schoolmates included Oscar Peterson and Maynard Ferguson. He worked with Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman and many others.