He has performed with artist 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 U.S and abroad with many different artist and groups; Sirens of Sound, The Delisfort Project, Chicago 12, Bebop Brass, Ronald Carter Big Band, New Horzions. In the spring of 2012, Marquis Hill retrieved his Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University.
Live the Spirit Big Band with Special Guest Ari Brown
Working under the artistic direction of Ernest Dawkins, the residency Big Band was founded along with the festival in 2000. Here they present a repertoire of original music which remains deeply rooted in the history and present of the Englewood community, and showcases the energy and spirit of some of Chicago's finest young professional musicians. which also includes tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist Rajiv Halim, baritone saxophonist Aaron Getsug, trombonist Steve Berry, Trumpets Corey Wilkes and Marquis Hill pianist, bassist Junius Paul, drummer Isaiah Spencer, and many more.
Presentation of the Spirit of Jazz Award
This year we honor three individuals Ari Brown, Carol Adams and Robert Shy
The multi-reedman, keyboard artist, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music.
Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world. Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Art Blakey, Sting, and many others.
The Englewood Jazz Festival is produced by Live The Spirit Residency a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization registered in the State of Illinois. The Festival is made possible through the generosity of the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, Chicago Park District, Dawk Publishing, Delmark Records, and Chicago Creative Arts Online; and is sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Latasha Thomas. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Program grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs.
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