MOUNT VERNON — Joshua Hill was born and raised in Mount Vernon on his parents’ seventh-generation Knox County farm. Along with his six siblings, he was homeschooled while also having the responsibilities of raising animals.

At age 15, he was given a piano and within a couple months he had mastered the basics of the instrument. After an extensive search for just the right piano teacher, he discovered jazz and refused to be taught other than by his muse, the late French jazz pianist Michel Petrucianni. Joshua now explores ideas within his music such as minimalism, microtonal and polytonal counterpoint. Most unique to his playing is his focus on complete improvisation and the idea that music is not static but “alive like a wave.”

Joshua has begun to gather momentum in Central Ohio. When the Memorial Building executive director, Sara Lynn Kerr, was approached by a mentor and fan, she and the board agreed to help introduce this exciting young talent. The Valentine Jazz Night on Saturday, Feb. 17, will showcase Joshua and the following performers: Jack Welter, Kylie Mallo and Chris Goldner. They are all music students from Mount Vernon High School.

The concert will be at the Knox County Memorial Building Theater, 112 E. High St., Mount Vernon. Visit for event details that include an opportunity for a pre-concert dinner at 5:30 p.m. with reservations no later than Feb. 13. Concert tickets will be available at the door for adults with all students invited free of charge. The Feb. 17 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The theme includes, “We knew him when.”



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