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Theo Hill

Theo Hill has emerged as one of the top young voices in jazz piano, and has been hailed by Step Tempest as ďa daring musician who is continually creative, willing to take chances with the tradition without being sacrilegious.Ē

For the keyboardistís latest recording Interstellar Adventures (2018 Posi-Tone), Hill is joined by Rashaan Carter on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Together this trio takes the listener through a wide spectrum of styles and sounds with Hillís brilliant original compositions and arrangements of tunes from some of his most influential musicians. This is Hillís second record for Posi-Tone and follows the 2017 release, Promethean. Hill released his debut album, Theo Hill Quartet Live at Smalls in 2015. Hill is also on the piano chair for the successful release by New Faces titled Straight Forward. This group of Posi-Tone leaders brings the spirit of the label to record.

Born in Albany, New York, Hill began to study classical piano with Taubman Technique specialist Mary Moran at the age of five. Gravitating toward jazz piano at age twelve, Hill began studying with Lee Shaw. By age sixteen, Hill was performing at clubs in the tri-city area and made his first New York City appearance sitting in at Smalls Jazz Club. He was accepted into the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he studied jazz piano with Charles Blenzig and Hal Galper. After graduating cum laude in 2004 he moved to New York City to immerse himself in the vibrant jazz culture.

In addition to performing at all the major jazz clubs in NYC, Hill has performed across the U.S., as well as international appearances in Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Qatar, Romania, South Korea, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. As a sideman, Hill has had the opportunity to perform with Jeff "Tain" Watts, Charles Tolliver, Wallace Roney, Jeremy Pelt, Bobby Watson, Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Roy Ayers, Harvey Mason, Frank Lacy, Essiet Essiet, Victor Jones, Bill Saxton, J.D Allen, Tim Green, Willie Jones III, Curtis Lundy, David Weiss, Carmen Lundy, Gregory Porter as well as many other master musicians. Hill has performed with The Charles Tolliver Big Band, The Captain Black Big Band, The Josh Evans Big Band and is currently a member of The Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty band. He has also performed or recorded with Eddie Henderson, Nicholas Payton, Josh Evans, Dave Liebman, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Marcus Strickland, Stacy Dillard, Logan Richardson, Gerald Cannon, "Burniss" Earl Travis, Ben Williams, Lewis Nash, Ralph Peterson, Winard Harper, E.J. Strickland, Marcus Gilmore, Obed Calvaire and Justin Brown. Hill also conducts master classes, teaches privately, and works as a private lesson instructor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and at the Collective School of Music. One of Hillís passions outside of jazz is surfing, and he enjoys time in Costa Rica and the adventures it offers.

Releases - click HERE for album reviews


Releases - as a sideman

New Faces
Straight Forward
David Gibson
Inner Agent
David Gibson

Press Quotes

"Hill is an undisputed contender waiting for his chance at the crown." -Midwest Record

"The music is alive with intelligent nuance, stylish surety and tonal allure." -JAZZdaGAMA

""the dominant motif of Hill is that of a young pianist reveling in the imperial command of his instrument" -JazzTimes


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