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Marquis Hill

  • Morphy Hall (Humanities Building) 455 North Park Street Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

An omnivorous young jazz trumpeter matches wits with four UW-Madison jazz faculty members. Info/tix

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Chicago-born trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill has used his youthful perspective (he is 31) to carve out a porous pathway between jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Hill's collaborators within jazz alone have included long-confirmed greats like pianist McCoy Tyner and younger adventurers like bassist/composer Matt Ulery and drummer/composer Makaya McCraven, and his 2014 release Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 has an almost mixtape-like quality, sequencing lush, meditative, horns-and-vibes-driven instrumentals including "White Shadows" next to more brash and punchy numbers that feature MC Keith Winford and spoken-word artist Tumelo Khoza. Hill takes that omnivorous approach to a bigger scale with 2016's album The Way We Play, which also threads in new interpretations of material by Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and Horace Silver. At this show, part of a four-day visit to the UW-Madison campus, Hill will take his virtuosic fluidity to yet another dimension, playing a set with four seasoned jazz musicians on the  UW music faculty: saxophone player Les Thimming, bassist Nick Moran, pianist Johannes Wallmann, and drummer Matt Endres. —Scott Gordon