A century after Rabbi Kook coined the phrase, “the old shall be renewed and the new shall be sanctified,” young trumpeter Marquis Hill comes along to renew and sanctify the black music culture of the United States on his first visit to the southern tip of Israel.
Together with the Blacktet ensemble, Hill’s booming show at the Red Sea Jazz Festival moves along the fine line between the glory of tradition and the novelty of creativity. Guiding the listener on a unique journey of sounds, they lead this magnificent tour through the history of black music in the United States, crossing barriers that divide classical and contemporary jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house and new soul. According to Hill, all these seemingly distinct elements are an integral part of his African-American cultural heritage.
Born in 1987 in the city of Chicago, Hill remains dedicated to his hometown where he became known as an inspiring, sought-after trumpeter. In 2014, moving to New York City and winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute trumpet competition positioned Marquis Hill at the center of international attention as the next ‘hot thing’. About two years later, he topped the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in the Rising Star Trumpet category.
On the verge of a global success, Marqis Hill arrives in Eilat accompanied by his exquisite African-American ensemble, The Blacktet. A natural ambassador of the Chicago jazz traditions and an avid student of various music styles continuously developed in this upbeat city, Hill has already released five breakthrough albums. His latest album, Modern Flows Vol. II, introducing hip-hop rhymes as well as the social consciousness of spoken word into jazz, conveys his intuitive heartfelt music playing without borders that is gradually infusing the world.
Marquis Hill Blacktet
Marquis Hill Trumpet
Joel Ross Vibes
Logan Richardson Alto Sax
Jeremiah Hunt Bass
Joe Dyson Drums
Photography: Todd Rosenberg
Duration of the show: 60 minutes