Marquis Hill Blacktet


Braxton Cook saxophone
Marquis Hill trumpet
Junius Paul double bass
Jonathan Pinson drums
Joel Ross

From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul – to Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he’s a part of.

Hill hones a warm, mellifluous tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he unravels sleek melodic passages that are as commanding as they are cogent. As a composer, he builds upon his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hiphop, R&B and spoken word.

…a dauntingly skilled trumpeter. New York Times

His music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz. Chicago Tribune

Read the interview with Downbeat