Play On Feat. Marquis Hill - A Benefit Concert for Merit School of Music - 7PM - 3/2/20Monday, March 02 2020 5:00 PM Doors / 7:00 PM Start
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Play On Feat. Marquis Hill - A Benefit Concert for Merit School of Music - 7PM - 3/2/20
at City Winery Chicago
- 5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
Play On Feat. Marquis Hill - A Benefit Concert for Merit School of Music
Join Merit School of Music for a special jazz concert benefiting equal access to music education. Merit alum and internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill will headline the 2nd Annual Play On concert. Recently voted by The New York Times as one of the nation’s Top Jazz Artists of 2019, Marquis breaks down the barriers that divide musical genres, effortlessly fusing contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, and neo-soul. This thrilling trumpeter, born and raised on Chicago’s culturally rich South Side, became a presence on the global scene virtually overnight after winning the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in 2014.
About Merit School of Music:
Merit is dedicated to helping young people transform their lives by removing barriers to a high-quality music education, with nearly 70 percent of students benefitting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental. Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential, with virtually 100 percent of our conservatory graduates going on to college.
About Marquis Hill:
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. On acclaimed albums like his latest, Modern Flows Vol. II, and his 2016 breakout project, The Way We Play, Hill and his working band, the Blacktet, use their next-level musicianship and deeply interactive dynamic to break down the barriers separating bop, hip-hop, R&B and electronic music.
Born in Chicago in 1987 and raised on the city’s South Side, Hill absorbed the jazz tradition both formally—he holds a bachelor’s in music education as well as a master’s in jazz pedagogy—and informally, gaining knowledge from his elders on gigs and at jam sessions. By the time he won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition in the fall of 2014, 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. Since that watershed victory, Hill has garnered glowing coverage in outlets like the New Yorker, the New York Times, JazzTimes, NPR Music and DownBeat, where he topped the “Rising Star– Trumpet” category in the 2016 Critics Poll. As he’s maintained a nonstop touring schedule with the Blacktet, he’s also supported and guested with a jazz who’s who that includes Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Boney James, Kurt Elling, Joe Lovano and Hill’s trailblazing Chicago peer Makaya McCraven.