MARQUIS HILL, CHICAGO’S LATEST YOUNG LION
March 16th, Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz workshop & Matinee Series brings the celebrated Marquis Hill Quintet to the Redstone Room, in the RME, on the corner of 2nd & Main, in Davenport. A workshop at 3 pm, is followed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.
The Marquis Hill Quintet features Marquis Hill – trumpet, with Dustin Laurenzi – tenor sax, Justin Thomas – vibraphone, Joshua Ramos – Bass, and Makaya McCraven – drums.
At age 26, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago jazz scene. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, Jazz Pedagogy at DePaul University, and in the great black oral tradition at such places as the Velvet and Von Freeman’s New Apartment Lounge session. Maintaining a beautiful curiosity in and beyond both the academy and the music, his compositions written and spontaneous come from deep places. He has steadily developed a rich understanding of the utter symbiosis of tone and phrase, rhythm and harmony, and of art and learning, a multi-faceted seam existentially well known in African American oral traditional culture.
Hill started performing heavily in Chicago with artists such as Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, Ernest Dawkins, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes, Willerm Delisfort, Brian Lynch and many others. He has toured the US and abroad with many different artists and groups; Sirens of Sound, the Delisfort Project, Chicago 2, Bebop Brass, Ronald Carter Big band, and New Horizons.
“The great marvel of Chicago jazz remains its young people – emerging artists who keep redefining and re-energizing the music, notwithstanding the challenges involved (economic and otherwise). Though players of Hill’s generation don’t typically get to front a band for a four-night run at Chicago’s most prominent jazz room… it’s not difficult to understand why Hill got the nod. For starters he was celebrating the release of his third album as a leader, “The Poet,” which comes shortly after Hill took first prize, in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.”
Barely into his career, Hill has produced three records and is recorded on a number of broadly celebrated discs. Over a short period, Hill has performed with a list of real luminaries (Freeman, Ward, Broom, Carter, Fuller, Hart, and more), all of whom seem to have taken time to both recognize and utilize the treasure of his unique sensibility.
Currently, Hill is teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago while maintaining a busy schedule of performances throughout the country.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, March 16th, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm and a matinee concert from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop is free for Kids, and $5 for adults. General admission for the 6-8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 379-0790. For more information, visit:www.polyrhythms.org
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come experience jazz “Hot” and “Live” like it was meant to be enjoyed at Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series; Sunday, March 16, with theMarquis Hill Quintet.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Davenport Clarion Hotel, Bowman Accounting, KALA, IL Senator Mike Jacobs, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, West Music, and DJ Mixxin Mel
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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm