Marquis Hill, Trumpet

This groundbreaking musician, composer and bandleader has worked tirelessly to break down the
barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neosoul—
to Marquis Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage
he’s a part of. Born in Chicago in 1987 and raised on the city’s culturally rich South Side, Hill began
playing drums at age 4, before switching to trumpet in the 6th grade. In November 2014, he won the
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition and became a presence on the global scene virtually
overnight; since then he has played with a who’s who of jazz that includes Dee Dee Bridgewater, Boney
James, Kurt Elling, and Joe Lovano.

Marquis Hill, Trumpet