The Angel City Jazz Festival, now in its 15th year, consistently features the most innovative and original musicians working today, balancing established artists with emerging talent, and focusing on West Coast creative jazz, past, present, and future.
Marquis Hill’s New Gospel Revisited
From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer, and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul—to Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he’s a part of. “It all comes from the same tree,” he says. “They simply blossomed from different branches.”
“… New Gospel was my debut album and my first completed production. To revisit this music in a fresh way, with a new band has been uniquely invigorating—and hugely rewarding.”—Marquis Hill
John Escreet Trio
Over the course of his career, John Escreet has earned a reputation as one of the most active and diverse pianist/composers working in jazz and improvised music. Bursting onto the scene with his 2008 debut album Consequences, Escreet quickly earned a reputation as one of the most exciting new pianist/composers to have emerged in recent years, with DownBeat Magazine proclaiming “John Escreet’s recent debut Consequences signals the jumpstart of a new voice in jazz.”
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