In 1947, Dr. Gene Hall started what is now the Division of Jazz Studies at UNT. I consider Dr. Hall to be the father of Jazz Education in this country and he was co-founder and first President of NAJE, the first association of its kind for jazz educators.
When he left North Texas in 1959 to go to Michigan State University, he recommended Leon Breeden to take his place at North Texas. This is his story, in his own words. This recording was made in 1976 and given to me by his widow, Marjorie Lynn Hall.