The Center for Creative and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the Salem State music and dance department, presents jazz trumpeter Marquis Hill in concert on February 16 at 7:30 pm. The concert takes place in the University’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Avenue.
One of the finest trumpeters in jazz today, Marquis Hill is also a composer and bandleader whose comprehensive vision highlights the unity and continuity within the musical heritage of African Americans. Hill and his ensemble use their next-level musicianship and deeply interactive dynamic to break down the barriers separating bop, hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music. At Salem State, he will be joined by Joel Ross, piano and vibes, Dezron Douglas, bass and Michael Piolet, drums.
Born in Chicago and raised on the city’s South Side, Hill absorbed the jazz tradition both formally—he holds a bachelor’s degree in music education as well as a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy—and informally, gaining knowledge from his elders on gigs and at jam sessions. By the time he won the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, his reputation for fluid virtuosity was firmly established in the Midwest as a member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, an in-demand sideman, and a leader with several buzz-worthy self-released discs to his credit. As he’s maintained a nonstop touring schedule, he’s also supported and guested with a who’s who list of jazz musicians, includes Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Boney James, Kurt Elling, Joe Lovano, and Hill’s trailblazing Chicago peer Makaya McCraven.
Concert tickets are $15 general/$10 seniors/under 18 and students with ID free. Reservations at www.salemstatetickets.com.
Karen A Gahagan