Christine Hitt started performing and recording while finishing her Master's degree in piano performance at the University of Arizona. After seven years in the Air Force Band, Christine started her collaboration with the St. Louis based MAXJAZZ label as both an artist and an A & R consultant. As a solo recording artist, her debut on the MAXJAZZ label features world renowned musicians Jeff Hamilton and Tom Kennedy.
“You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To is a wholly satisfying survey of deftly performed standards that should make content even the fussiest listener. It expresses the true spirit of jazz.” -Michael C. Bailey All About Jazz.
Passionate about music education, Hitt has taught vocal and instrumental jazz at Washington University, Webster University, Concordia College and Iowa Western Community College where she was the Director of Instrumental Music. She also served as a collaborative pianist at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire where she accompanied opera workshop and vocal studio. Her students and ensembles have won downbeat awards and have performed at the 24th, 27th and 35th annual IAJE Conventions.
As an arranger, her work can be heard on Sony BMG Blue Mood 3, Tom Kennedy- Capri Records Just Play, and her 2018 recording Magical Kite. Hitt served as executive producer for the project which was produced by Geoffrey Keezer and engineered by Steve Genewik at Capitol Recording Studios. Other notable jazz artists she has had the pleasure of performing with include: Hubert Laws, Sylvia McNair, Slide Hampton, Lauren Sevian, Steve Smith, Justin Kisor and Curtis Fuller.
M.M. Piano Performance- University of Arizona
B.M. Piano Performance- University of Minnesota