Todd E. Hill

Host of Café Jazz and Jazz Journal

Todd E. Hill is the Director of Jazz Ensembles at Murray State University. He holds both the BMEd and MMEd degrees from MSU, and an EdD from Boise State University. He held positions in the public schools of Milan, Tennessee, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Boise State University, and University of the Cumberlands, where he served as Director of Bands before returning to his alma mater. He has been guest conductor for concert and jazz honor groups in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon and Nevada.

He leads his own well-known (The Todd Hill Quartet and Todd Hill and his Orchestra) throughout the southeast. The Orchestra’s CD Swingin’ and Singin’ Live! was released in 2007 and is presently in its second printing. He has performed with such diverse entertainers as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Gary Morris, Alex Harvey, Denise LaSalle, Mike Snider, Stella Parton, and The Moody Blues in addition to notable jazz artists Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Ron Wilkins, Jamey Aebersold, Denis DiBlasio, Buddy Childers and Rich Matteson. He has also been a featured soloist with the Paducah Symphony "Pops" Series.

Hill is included in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America.” Todd is a member of the Murray Rotary Club, and is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Murray.

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Black Cats Jump

Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz.

Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.

Click here to listen to their conversation.

WKMS Programming
11:43 am
Mon September 16, 2013

The Black Cats Jump Returns to WKMS - A Chat with Todd Hill

Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz, starting September 17. Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.

Arts
4:10 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Hear "Swing into Spring" from Lovett Auditorium (Full Broadcast)

Terry Little

Enjoy our live of music and comedy from the 1930s and 40s from Lovett Auditorium, originally broadcast on April 16. Lovett was filled with the sounds of two big bands, a band-within-a-band, and a live radio broadcast on WKMS, such as one you might have heard back in the 1930s and 1940s. Now you can hear the show live, on demand!

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WKMS Press Releases
10:50 am
Tue January 29, 2013

“Chuck’s Music Shop” During Café Jazz Tuesdays on WKMS

Chuck Simons playing with the Todd Hill Orchestra, circa 1990
Credit Steve Short, Milan Mirror-Exchange, Milan TN

Director of Jazz Ensembles at Murray State and WKMS volunteer Dr. Todd Hill hosts Café Jazz Tuesdays from 9-11 p.m. Dr. Hill has introduced a new twenty-minute segment during Tuesday’s Café Jazz called “Chuck’s Music Shop.” The segment airs at 9:40 p.m. and the music is drawn from the personal jazz collection of the late Chuck Simons. 

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Good Reads
12:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Good Read: Pogue's War by Forrest C. Pogue

Good Reads
11:52 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Good Read: Sinatra! The Song is You by Will Friedwald

Good Reads
11:43 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Good Read: With Billie by Julia Blackburn

Good Reads
4:12 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Good Read: His Excellency George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

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Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.

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Good Reads
4:05 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Good Read: Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohen

Good Reads
11:47 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Good Read: American Lion by Jon Meacham

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