World’s Longest Serving Double Bassist Passes On at 87

Jane Little pic
Jane Little

Samuel Brice Hall received both his bachelor of arts and master of science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently the Director of Investor Relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC. An avid supporter of the local arts scene, Samuel Brice Hall is a supporting member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

With 28 Grammy Awards and an international reputation, the ASO has long been considered one of America’s premier orchestras. Alongside its history was Jane Little, an ASO founding member, who with a record of 71 years of service was considered the world’s longest-serving orchestra musician until her unexpected death in May of this year. She was 87.

Jane Little collapsed onstage in the middle of an orchestra performance. The performance was a pops concert themed “Broadway’s Golden Age.” Orchestra insiders claim that she lost consciousness just before the end of Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Having survived several generations of listeners, Ms. Little will always be remembered for her dedication to her craft and her tenacity in overcoming the physical encumbrances of her chosen instrument. While a double bass stands around six feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds, Ms. Little was only 4’11”.


Three Overlooked Motown Songs Worth a Listen

The director of investor relations at Piedmont Private Equity, LLC, Samuel Brice Hall serves as a key liaison for professionals, third-party advisors, and investors, and manages conservation strategy and tax mitigation teams. Outside of work, Samuel Brice Hall loves music, especially pre-1965 jazz and Motown.

There are several Motown songs that are recognized and beloved by fans, but some lesser-known ones are worthy of mention. Following are just a few of the best Motown songs that most people have forgotten:

A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush): Sung by the Velvelettes, this song was released in November 1965. It was released several months after the group’s last release, so it largely fell by the wayside despite being a good example of Motown music.

Love’s Gone Bad: Only charting at #41 on the Billboard Top 100 when it was released, Love’s Gone Bad by Chris Clark was part of a short career for the California teen. Despite not having the look of a typical Motown artist, Clark has been referred to as Motown’s answer to Dusty Springfield.

Leaving Here: Released in December 1963, the song was sung by Eddie Holland, most recognized as being a part of the songwriting group Holland-Dozier-Holland. The song told men that they aren’t treating women right and was part of one of Holland’s solo records.

Beautiful Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia

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Piedmont Park

Samuel Brice Hall serves as director of investor relations with Piedmont Private Equity in Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of work, Samuel Brice Hall enjoys exercising at the historic Piedmont Park.

Piedmont Park is the premier green space and gathering place in Atlanta. In addition to offering residents a respite from busy city life, the popular park features walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, a public swimming pool, and a dog park.

The land that is now Piedmont Park was originally forestland purchased by Samuel and Sarah Walker for their homestead. The land passed through the hands of several owners and was finally sold to the city of Atlanta in 1904. In 1909, city planners hired the famous Olmsted Brothers, sons of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, to create a master plan for the park. Due to budget restraints, the city didn’t implement all the elements of the master plan, but the Olmsted-designed plan continued to strongly influence future development of the park.

Over the years, the number of visitors to the park has increased dramatically as Piedmont Park became the venue of choice for several popular festivals and events. Currently, events such as the Dogwood Festival, the Arts Festival of Atlanta, and numerous musical performances take place at the park.

The nonprofit Piedmont Park Conservancy was formed by a group of concerned citizens in 1989 to help bring much-needed revitalization to the historic park. More than $60 million has been invested and raised to complete renovations and to fund maintenance and security staff. In addition, the Piedmont Park Conservancy offers a variety of educational programs at the Community Center. The conservancy works diligently to encourage community involvement at the park.

The BP World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks, Alaska

BP World Ice Art Championship pic
BP World Ice Art Championship

When financial professional Samuel Brice Hall isn’t working in Atlanta, Georgia, he enjoys traveling. Recently, Samuel Brice Hall had an opportunity to visit Fairbanks, Alaska, during the BP World Ice Art Championships, hosted by Ice Alaska.

The World Ice Art Championships take place in March and help residents celebrate the end of long Alaskan winters. The annual event hosts 100 professional ice artists from around the world and draws over 45,000 people.

Several events take place at the World Ice Art Championships. One of the most impressive events at the festival is the Multi-Block Classic. Teams of two to four sculptors design and build enormous, beautiful sculptures consisting of 10 blocks of ice, each measuring 4 ft. x 6 ft. x 3.3 ft., totaling over 46,000 pounds. The impressive finished sculptures can reach up to 25 feet high.

Teams competing in the Single Block Classic consist of one or two members. Each team designs and executes a sculpture from a single block of ice measuring 5 ft. x 8 ft. x 3 ft. Teams work around the clock to finish their sculptures, which are judged and then lit with decorative colored lights to enhance their already magical appearance.

Ice Alaska has developed programs to teach the art of ice sculpting to the next generation. In 2006, an event sponsored by Fairbanks Youth Sports and Clarence Beers was added to the competition. The Ice Alaska Youth Classic allows junior and senior high students to try out the techniques they have learned through the youth outreach programs.