Described by The New York Times as a “dauntingly skilled trumpeter,” 29-year-old Marquis Hill hones a warm, mellifluous tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he unravels sleek, melodic passages that are as commanding as they are cogent. With music that “crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz” (Chicago Tribune), Hill builds on his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word. After releasing four well-received albums — New Gospel (2011), Sound of the City (2012), The Poet (2013) and Modern Flows, vol. 1 (2014) — Hill raised his profile significantly by winning the 2014 Thelonious Trumpet Competition, which led to the release of 2016’s The Way We Play. On this album Hill fronts a commanding ensemble, bringing his lyrically postmodern groove to jazz classics.