Marquis Hill Blacktet
Sunday, September 25, 2:00-3:00pm
The New York Times described trumpeter, composer, educator, MARQUIS HILL as a “dauntingly skilled trumpeter”; the Chicago Tribune observed, “his music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz.” JazzTimes praised Marquis’s trumpet playing by stating, “His articulation, precise but unlabored, calls to mind the precedent of Clifford Brown, while his bravura phrasing suggests an equal immersion in Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.” This year’s winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll for Rising Star-Trumpet and the 2014 winner of Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, twenty-nine year-old Marquis now divides his time between his home town of Chicago and his newly adopted city of Brooklyn. In early June, he performed in the Jazz at Symphony Center series, receiving a standing ovation. In late June, he released The Way We Play, his 5th recording, but his debut CD for Concord Jazz. Here Marquis revitalizes his favorite jazz standards and American songbook classics by “placing heavier emphasis on the groove, which enables the compositions to resonate more to a 21st-century jazz audience.” He says, “I really want to make it very clear that this is the sound of my band, which is uniquely Chicago. I wanted to put everything on the table – this is the way that we play.” In elementary school, Marquis was mentored by Diane “L’il Sax” Ellis, and, in college, by Ron Carter at NIU, where he earned his undergraduate degree in jazz. He later completed his graduate degree in jazz pedagogy from DePaul University. Members of the BLACKTET are MARQUIS HILL, trumpet & flugelhorn; CHRISTOPHER MCBRIDE, alto sax; JOEL ROSS, vibraphone; JOSHUA RAMOS, bass; and MAKAYA MCCRAVEN, drums.