BIOGRAPHY:

Composer Gregg Hill grew up in central Michigan in a household where the music was always playing. As a small child, he remembers conga lines snaking through the house on Saturday nights to the sound of jazz. His parents, Norma and Ken, were part of the swing craze in the big band era. His sister Susan, also plays piano and is a life-long music lover.


In high school, Gregg played sax in a stage band and headed up a quintet. He loved the saxophone, but the piano had a stronger allure as far as creative possibilities. The piano took over completely when he was bitten by the jazz writing bug.

Gregg's parent's love of music and piano jazz (in particular) was a great source of his inspiration.

Accolades:
 
March 9th, 2020 JazzWeek lists "Brothers" Album as "Chartbound"
Stan Lee (InWalkJazz) Year in review of best jazz albums of 2019. January 1st, 2020
34) Bassist Rodney Whitaker “Common Ground: The music of Gregg Hill”
Full Circle with Ruth Fisher: favorite albums of 2019:
#6 Rodney Whitaker-After Shock from the album "Common Ground: The Music of Gregg Hill" Listen to the full show.
Music Review by David Rogers, WTJU
Rodney Whitaker—Common Ground: The msuic of Gregg Hill. "The variety is broad and the band itself can blow up a storm!"
MUSIC REVIEW BY TOMAS PEÑA, JAZZDELAPENA
Rodney Whitaker—Common Ground the Music of Gregg Hill.
...unified, collective sensibility is one layer of meaning that filters into the title "Common Ground." You can find another in the nature of the relationship between Whitaker and the composer of the songs, which have the flavor of new discoveries from the 1960s canons of Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Eddie Harris. His name is Gregg Hill, 73, an autodidact who started writing music seriously in 1984.
 
MUSIC REVIEW BY BRUCE COLLIER, BEACHCOMBER / PAUSE & PLAY RECORD ROUNDUP
"On Common Ground, he [Rodney Whitaker] has put together an eight-song program of tunes by composer and pianist Gregg Hill, a favorite of his. Among Whitaker's collaborators here are hard bop trumpet kingpin Terrell Stafford and Whitaker's daughter, vocalist Rockelle Fortin. As the cover photo shows, it's a labor of love—several of the songs have an earnest whiff of social and political idealism. Everyone gets to shine, notably Stafford and his frequent collaborator, pianist Bruce Barth."
 

Published Books

Outrospectives © 2015

Spontaneity © 2016

Moonducks © 2019

The Tuning Fork © 2021

I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest book of 25 original jazz compositions "The Tuning Fork". The Tuning Fork is an interplay, or dance if you will, on any given tune between simple melodies and dissonance. I find that tension to be musically inviting.  If I can fit four neighboring tones into a single spread chord, that makes my day. Not to be novel is to be trying to prove something, but to find beauty in dissonance. In my mind, these tones are talking to each other and producing overtones as they converse.

—Gregg Hill

Album Releases

2021​

  • Ritmo Patria is the 5th album released from Cold Plunge Records. It melds the sweet sounds of Salsa and Latin jazz with compositions from two striking composers. Cuban-born Michael Eyia brings the flavor of his homeland to the spectacular album. Released December 2021.

  • Outrospection Hills' second album collaboration with renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker. 11 expressive compositions — The variety is broad and the band itself can blow up a storm! Released April 2021.

2020

  • The Outrospectives Live! A collaboration with bandleader Elden Kelly (guitar), Ralphe Armstrong (bass), Gayelynn McKinney (drums), Cory Pesaturo (accordion), Tucker Antell (saxophone). December 2020 Release. Cold Plunge Records.

  • "Brothers" recorded live with four tunes by the Randy Napoleon Quartet, Paul Keller (bass), Randy Gelispie (drums), Rick Roe (piano), and four tunes by the Bill Heid trio, with Paul Keller (bass) and Randy Gelispie  (drums). January 2020 release. Cold Plunge Records.

2019

  • "Dancing Light" The Outropectives perform the music of Gregg Hill. Released May 2019 Cold Plunge Records.

 

2017