Photo by Todd Rosenberg
FULL INTERVIEW WITH MARQUIS HILL
Growing up in Chicago, Marquis Hill, took full advantage of all of the incredible resources Chicago and the jazz scene have to offer. He attended Kenwood Academy, known for it's stellar music program, went to college at Northern Illinois University and later at DePaul University, hung out at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge among many other clubs and started playing professionally even while in college.
He recorded four well received discs on Skiptone Music – New Gospel (2011), Sound of the City (2012), The Poet (2013) and Modern Flows, vol. 1 (2014) before winning the prestigious Thelonious Trumpet Competition, which awarded him a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Records.
He has a new recording coming out entitled Modern Flows, Vol. 2 under his own name on October 19th and is also planning a national and international tour for the Fall. We caught up with Marquis while he was in town performing at the Chicago Jazz Festival this past September and talked about his growing up in Chicago, his influences, composing, recording and much more.
FEATURED SECTIONS (Click on the time and you will be sent to Youtube to watch the specific section.)
1:10 - The new recording "Modern Flows Vol. 2"
3:21 - Mixing hip hop, jazz, blues, funk with his compositions
5:33 - Lee Morgan’s sound
6:56 – Starting to play gigs
8:26 – Meeting Ronald Carter from NIU
11:25 – The importance of learning jazz standards
12:40 – Fred Anderson and the Velvet Lounge
14:40 – DePaul University
17:17 - The Thelonius Monk Trumpet Competition
24:09 – 2018 Fall Tour
26:35 – The fans of the music
MODERN FLOWS VOL 2
COMING OCTOBER 19, 2018