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1966, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hill grew up listening to all kinds of music, particularly rock. Although he had previously dabbled with the alto saxophone, Hill later formed his own group, playing guitar and also singing. At the age of 17 he went to jazz summer school at the Eastman School of Music in New York. After hearing music of past saxophone giants and contemporary players he abandoned the guitar and returned to the alto saxophone. Despite the powerful impulse to become a professional musician, Hill then attended the University of Toronto, studying physics. A year or so of this convinced him that music was the path he wanted to follow and he enrolled at the Berklee College Of Music. Arising out of his performance at the graduation ceremony, he was hired to play on a Chaka Khan session, a remarkable break for a young player considering that other album guests included Stevie Wonder, Prince and Dave Grusin.
Hill then relocated to the...