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”.


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