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Marquis Hill Blacktet

Winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill has, in a comparatively short time, established his well-deserved reputation as a leading figure among today’s crop of adventurous young jazz musicians. A singular artist with a warm, soul-drenched sound and an advanced command of composition, the 29-year-old Hill accepted the prestigious Monk honor as an acknowledgment of a major career already in progress rather than the first spark from a neophyte, with four albums as a leader already under his belt, and a distinctive ensemble approach firmly established. The trumpeter applied the foundations he built with mentors Willie Pickens and Bobby Broom to sideman work with the likes of Benny Golson, Steve Turre, Joe Lovano, and Ron Carter, and is paying it forward as an educator, teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago and NIU Summer Jazz Camp. His longstanding quintet, dubbed the Blacktet, is a tightly wound machine that utilizes the spacious sonority of Justin “Justefan” Thomas’ vibraphone as chordal center, eschewing the piano and giving Hill’s angular melodies and razor-sharp ensemble passages a spellbinding clarity. Comprised of Hill, Thomas, saxophonist Christopher McBride, bassist Joshua Ramos and drummer Makaya McCraven, the Blacktet recently released their Concord Records debut, The Way We Play.

Artist Personnel

Marquis Hill trumpet
Christopher McBride alto saxophone
Justin Thomas vibraphone
Joshua Ramos bass
Makaya McCraven drums

Artist Website

"His music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz " — Chicago Tribune
"A dauntingly skilled trumpeter " — The New York Times

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