Posted Online: Feb. 27, 2014, 10:36 am

Marquis Hill Quintet at RME March 16

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Submitted press release.

Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop and Matinee Series March 16, brings the celebrated Marquis Hill Quintet to the Redstone Room, in the River Music Experience, on the corner of 2nd & Main, in Davenport. A workshop at 3 p.m., is followed by a matinee concert from 6 to 8 p.m.
Admission to the workshop is free for kids, and $5 for adults. General admission for the concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790. For information, visit
The quintet features Marquis Hill-Trumpet, with Dustin Laurenzi-Tenor Sax, Justin Thomas-Vibraphone, Joshua Ramos-Bass, and Makaya McCraven-Drums.
At age 26, Marquis Hill is already a well-known name on the Chicago jazz scene. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music Education/Jazz Studies, and studying privately at Northern Illinois University, Jazz Pedagogy at DePaul University, and in the great black oral tradition at such places as The Velvet and Von Freeman's New Apartment Lounge session. Maintaining a beautiful curiosity in and beyond both the academy and the music, his compositions written and spontaneous come from deep places. He has steadily developed a rich understanding of the utter symbiosis of tone and phrase, rhythm and harmony, and of art and learning, a multi-faceted seam existentially well-known in African American oral traditional culture.
Hill started performing heavily in Chicago with artists such as Dee Alexander, Tito Carrillo, Bobby Broom, Willie Pickens, Ron Perrillo, Victor Garcia, Benny Golson, Antonio Hart, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, Ernest Dawkins, Maurice Brown, Corey Wilkes, Willerm Delisfort, Brian Lynch and many others. He has toured the US and abroad with many different artist and groups; Sirens of Sound, The Delisfort Project, Chicago 12, Bebop Brass, Ronald Carter Big Band, and New Horizons.
Barely into his career, Hill has produced three records and is recorded on a number of broadly celebrated discs. Over a short period, Marquis has performed with a list of real luminaries (Freeman, Ward, Broom, Carter, Fuller, Hart, and more), all of whom seem to have taken time to both recognize and utilize the treasure of his unique sensibility.
Currently, Marquis is teaching at The University of Illinois at Chicago while maintaining a busy schedule of performances throughout the country.