Music Alumnus Finalist in World's Most Prestigious Jazz Competition
We are very excited to announce that Marquis Hill, alumnus of the NIU School of Music, is a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, widely regarded as the most prestigious jazz competition in the world.
This year's competition is strictly for trumpeters. Marquis will join 12 other trumpeters in Los Angeles on November 8 and 9; in the first round, each player has 15 minutes to perform, accompanied by a trio of internationally-recognized jazz artists: Rodney Whitaker on bass, Carl Allen on drums, and NIU's new coordinator of jazz studies on piano, Reggie Thomas. Three will be chosen to perform in the second round on Sunday, November 9, at the Dolby Theater. Following those three performances, an all-star gala hosted by Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Kevin Spacey will take place. Some of the artists in the gala are Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Chaka Khan, Kenny Burrell, Vinnie Colaiuta, and many other internationally-recognized performers.
Marquis has been one of Chicago's most in-demand jazz trumpeters since his undergraduate years at NIU, and he was the winner of the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. He has appeared as a sideman on several notable recordings, including four as a leader. Marquis comes back to NIU each summer to teach at the NIU Jazz Camp, to help mentor the next generation of Chicagoland jazz artists.
Congratulations, Marquis, and we're rooting for you!