Jazz Ensemble to feature alum Marquis Hill at spring concert

Marquis Hill
Marquis Hill

The nationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble will welcome back a familiar face for their annual spring concert.

Under the direction of director Reggie Thomas, the Jazz Ensemble will perform with NIU alumnus and award-winning trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the trumpet of his generation, Hill was raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. A 2009 graduate of the School of Music, Hill was regarded as one of the most in demand trumpeters in Chicago during his undergraduate years at NIU.

After earning a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University, he began working more frequently as a sideman and a leader of his own ensemble, the Blacktet, performing at festivals, clubs and theaters with increasing frequency. His musical prowess began to garner more recognition, after winning competitions such as the International Trumpet Guild Jazz competition (2012) and the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition (2014).

For more information, contact Reggie Thomas at reggiethomas@niu.edu or (815) 753-0643.

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