Southern Connecticut native, David Hull who has become a Boston fixture in the music world has had music in his genes from the get go. At fourteen, he wanted to be Paul McCartney, so for his birthday Hull's grandmother gave him a bass and an amp. His father was also a big influence, Gene Hull, was a big band leader in the 1950's and 60's and performed with the likes of Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett and Henny Youngman (photo provided by Hull in photo gallery).
At the age of seventeen, Hull was hired by the great R & B singer and drummer, Buddy Miles, along with his friend, Charlie Karp. Hull spent the next two years touring the US and Europe with Miles. (Live in Helsinki, 1971) Here is a link to that performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDaCtZm-gb
Examiner spoke with Hull about his marvelous career in music.
Examiner: Tell us about those days with Miles?
Hull: "I wound up recording four albums with him during 1970-1971, including "Them Changes", which was his biggest hit.
Then Karp and I moved to New York City and formed the Dirty Angels Band and released several records during the 1970's."
Examiner: As I recall, you were a part of the Joe Perry Project during that time? And you've also had another Aerosmith connection?
Hull: "Yes, in 1978, we found ourselves on an Aerosmith tour of the Southern States where I struck up a friendship with Joe Perry. When Joe decided to record a solo record the following year, I became a member of the Joe Perry Project, left New York and moved up to Boston and recorded the "Let the Music Do the Talking" CD with the band. Joe and I have continued to be friends and enjoy making music. I recently recorded with Perry on his "Have Guitar, Will Travel" CD, touring the States and England during 2009-10.
I've also had the pleasure of occasionally playing bass with Aerosmith on a couple of tours. In 2006, Tom Hamilton called to ask if I could fill in for him on some of their shows that Fall, due to a medical issue he was having at the time. It was a great honor, also a little intimidating to stand in for Tom, who is not only a good friend, but one of the great all time rock bass players, a guy I admire a lot. Big shoes to fill!
This past year I played with the band again on their tours of the Far East and South America. Quite a thrill, but there's only one Tom Hamilton."
Examiner: Your father was a big influence for you?
Hull: "My biggest influence and mentor has been my Dad. He is an alto sax and clarinet player and has quite a resume himself. During the late 50s - 60s he led Gene Hull and the Jazz Giants, a progressive, hard-swinging 20 piece jazz band who played at the Newport Jazz Festival, Birdland and many other jazz venues of the day. The main thing he taught me was how to recognize good music, regardless of it's genre. I'll always be grateful to him for playing records by people like Duke Ellington (who my Dad played with) and Thelonious Monk. That music sure has a way of opening your ears when you're exposed to it an an early age."
Examiner: So what's happening in the world of David Hull now?
Hull: "Nowadays I play quite a bit with James Montgomery, the great blues singer from Detroit, who's been based in Boston for years. I also produced his current CD, "From Detroit to the Delta", which has just been nominated for a Grammy. Playing with one of the most well respected and talented harp players has been a fabulous experience for me. But not only that, I've had the pleasure of working with one of the most unique and genuine guitar players around today, George McCann."
Examiner: And can you tell us about your latest CD?
Hull: "I recently had the good fortune to release my first ever solo CD called "Soul In Motion". I've got some great players in my band: Pete Cassani on guitar and Steve Hart on drums, both from the Peasants, and my brother Chris Hull playing bass and guitar. I feel pretty darn good that I've got such a focused, rocking band, with amazing chemistry."
Examiner: You have a local show coming up?
Hull: "We're really looking forward to playing this Saturday at Pete's Bar & Grille, in Quincy, MA. I love the intimacy of playing a small venue like this as there's nothing like having a crowd of dancers up close to you in a great neighborhood club."
For more information on Hull's upcoming Saturday night show at Pete's Place in Quincy:
There will be a "Meet and Greet" and an opportunity to purchase signed CD's. VIP Package: Reserve a front row table for $50.00 per couple includes meet and greet, photos & autographed CD! Limited availability! Call (781)258-5232 to reserve your table today!