Marquis Hill Blacktet
From Chicago, one of the cities that has contributed most to the development of blues and jazz, both in the early days and in recent decades, comes an artist who from a very young age was considered something more than a “rising star” of the trumpet, Marquis Hill. For Hill it is the second time at Umbria Jazz: last year he made his debut by dividing the scene with another Chicagoan, Kurt Elling.
Hill, who is now 32, is one of the most respected exponents of the Chicago scene. For him, the turning point in his career came in 2014 with his victory in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition but two years earlier he had also established himself in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. Already as a music student, Hill was a recurring name in the jazz circles of his city and surroundings, both as a sideman and at the helm of his own bands. As a leader he released four records for Skiptone and one for Concord. The latest one dates back to a few months ago and is called Modern Flows II. With him is the Blacktet, a young band including vibraphonist Joel Ross, also playing this year at Umbria Jazz.
In the music of Hill we find the moods, sounds and traditions of the South Side of Chicago where Hill grew up, together with the new trends that a young musician absorbs on a daily basis.