Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UW-Madison Jazz Orchestra.
With the UW-Madison Jazz Composers Group & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and trumpeter Marquis Hill. Free concert.
“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. As a composer, he builds upon his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hip-hop, R&B and spoken word. After releasing four well-received discs on Skiptone Music – 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 Monk Trumpet Competition, which awarded him a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Records.”
Johannes Wallmann, director.
The School of Music is producing six podcasts recounting the history of jazz at UW-Madison and other colleges featuring an interview with saxophonist Les Thimmig, who arrived at the university in 1971 and was active in the jazz program. Episodes focus on the origin of the UW Jazz Orchestra; how jazz got started in American colleges; jazz over the years at UW-Madison; descriptions of the six UW Jazz Ensembles. In the final two episodes, Prof. Thimmig describes his early career in Chicago and New York City, and what it was like to gig in the 1960s.
We thank the Vilas Trust, the Anonymous Fund, and our many donors for supporting these concerts and other activities at the School of Music.