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Buck Hill

Buck Hill
The DCJF Lifetime Achievement Award
2008

Buck Hill, is a Washington icon, who has been sharing his uncommon talent and musical abilities with jazz fans for over forty years. Born in 1927, Hill started playing the saxophone at 13 years old and performed while supporting his family by working at the post office earning him the nickname the “Wailing Mailman.” Hill has recorded, appeared and toured with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Kenny Barron and Shirley Horn. In 1957, he recorded his fi rst tracks with renowned guitarist Charlie Byrd and later appeared on numerous recordings with Shirley Horn. He is a renowned and honored saxophonist, respected by critics, fellow musicians, and fans alike.

Buck Hill, is a Washington icon, who has been sharing his uncommon talent and musical abilities with jazz fans for over forty years. Born in 1927, Hill started playing the saxophone at 13 years old and performed while supporting his family by working at the post office earning him the nickname the “Wailing Mailman.” Hill has recorded, appeared and toured with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Kenny Barron and Shirley Horn. In 1957, he recorded his fi rst tracks with renowned guitarist Charlie Byrd and later appeared on numerous recordings with Shirley Horn. He is a renowned and honored saxophonist, respected by critics, fellow musicians, and fans alike.