Theo Hill

  • Theo Hill
  • Instruments: Piano

  • Biography:

    Theo Hill is a jazz pianist and composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent young jazz artists on the New York scene. Born in Albany, NY, he began studying classical piano at the age of five with Taubman technique specialist Mary Moran. At age 12, Hill gravitated toward jazz studying piano with Lee Shaw, a protégé of Oscar Peterson, and later with Barry Harris at Manhattan School of Music. Hill became a four-year member of the Empire State Youth Jazz Orchestra and College of St. Rose Jazz Ensemble. By 16, he was performing regularly at jazz clubs in the tri-city area. He graduated from the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in 2004 where he studied piano with Charles Blenzig and Hal Galper, and served as a two-year member of the Purchase Jazz Orchestra. As a two-year member of the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band Classic he has performed with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Lew Soloff, and Joe Locke, and received the Directors Award for Commitment and Achievement for its 2003-2004 season. Since moving to New York City he has performed in such venues as The Blue Note, Smalls, 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Zinc Bar, Lenox Lounge, The Kitano, Minton's Playhouse, St. Nick's Pub, Smoke, Cleopatra's Needle, Sweet Rhythm, Fat Cat and Nublu. Internationally he has performed in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Japan, India and Australia. As a sideman he has performed with Frank Lacy, Bill Saxton, Curtis Lundy, Gregory Porter, Victor Bailey, Roy Ayers, Lenny White, Bobby Watson, Charles Tolliver, Victor Jones, David Weiss, Eric Wyatt, Wallace Roney and many others. He has also performed or recorded with J.D. Allen, Dave Liebman, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Strickland, Tim Green, Stacy Dillard, Wayne Escoffrey, Logan Richardson, Josh Evans, Essiet O. Essiet, Lewis Nash, Ralph Peterson, Rashaan Carter, Justin Brown, Joe Sanders, E.J. Strickland, Obed Calvaire and Marcus Gilmore. Hill leads his own group the Theo Hill Trio--a collective of musicians that allows him to explore and expand his compositions and musical conceptions through collective improvisation. Hill performs regularly in New York, tours with groups around the world and is releasing his debut record in 2014.