In a fusion of jazz and soul music, Ben Hillman, Ben Alman, and Tony Hall make their debut at the third Music on the Hill concert on Saturday, July 23 starting at 7 p.m.

In the tradition of jazz and soul-music greats such as Herbie Hancock and Ramsey Lewis, musician/composer/producer Big Ben Hillman (a.k.a. The Professor of Funk) blends traditional jazz with elements of R&B, Gospel, Latin, and contemporary funk to create a unique and innovative sound. Hillman – on keyboard – graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1998, with a Bachelors degree in Music Performance and Composition. He has studied with great teachers such as Fred Buda, Miles Donahue and Chris Waller of the Waller Family.

Beginning his musical career as a drummer and percussionist at a young age, he later switched over to piano and keyboards, becoming a prolific composer and performer. He has made a name for himself in the Boston-area music scene, and has performed at a number of venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Ben Alman, who plays electric bass in the trio, met Big Ben at UMass Lowell in 1996. He has played in a variety of Boston-based funk and jazz groups, and is a versatile musician, composer and producer – equally as comfortable on stage as he is in the studio.

Tony Hall will be on drums for this concert. He is a highly accomplished musician, composer, and vocalist. He started out as a piano major at Berklee College of Music, then switched over to drums.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+) and students (12 and under). Series tickets are $35. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance, at Little Sebago Gallery & Frame, 889 Roosevelt Trail, Windham (892-8086). Call 893-1777 for more information.

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