Andrew Hill


Andrew Hill (born June 30, 1937) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Hill was born in Chicago, Illinois. He took up piano at 13, and was encouraged by Earl Hines. He was referred by jazz composer Bill Russo to Paul Hindemith, with whom he studied till 1952. While a teenager he performed in rhythm and blues bands and with touring jazz musicians, including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He first recorded in 1955, but his reputation was made by his Blue Note recordings of 1963 to 1969, which featured several important post-bop musicians including Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Tony Williams. He has rarely worked as a sideman, preferring to play his own compositions. As a result, his public exposure has been severely limited.

Hill was an associate professor of music at Portland State University, established its successful Summer Jazz Intensive, and has performed, conducted workshops and/or attended residencies at Wesleyan University, University of michigan, University of Toronto, Harvard University and Bennington college. He returned to New York City in 1990.

He has continued to perform and record since obtaining his doctorate, performing avant garde and modal jazz. He has always been known for the rhythmic and harmonic complexity of his performances and compositions. His album Dusk was selected as the best album of 2001 by both Downbeat and Jazztimes.

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