|Tags:||jazz piano free jazz avant-garde jazz avant-garde|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hills birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl Fatha Hines heard him. In his teens he was in Paul Williams R&B band, played with Charlie Bird Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Johnny Griffin, Malachi Favors and John Gilmore, and became virtually Chicagos house pianist for visiting artists. Having spent some months in New York as Dinah Washingtons accompanist Hill relocated there in 1960 whilst working with Johnny Hartman. From 1962-63 he worked in Los Angeles with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Jimmy Woode among others. In 1963, he returned to New York to work with Joe Henderson. During the 60s he made a number of excellent...