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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1:51 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Good Read: Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

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1:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Good Read: Jazz Anecdotes by Bill Crow

Jazz Journal

Todd Hill, Director of Jazz Ensembles at Murray State University and longtime regional bandleader, has assembled a new ninety second feature:  Jazz Journal - A minute and a half with America’s Art Form, which will begin airing Monday through Thursday evenings at 8:59 on WKMS.

Jazz Journal precedes the station's locally produced Cafe Jazz airing from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.   Cafe Jazz hosts include Maestro Hill, George Eldred and Dr. Brian Clardy of the MSU Department of History. 

Cafe Jazz

Energize your evening with two hours of mainstream jazz on Café Jazz. George Eldred gets the week started on Mondays and again Thursdays (at 10 pm), Todd Hill picks up the jazz on Tuesdays, and Dr. Brian Clardy takes over Wednesdays. Whether you're new to jazz or an aficionado, Café Jazz is the place to satisfy that fix.