Freddie Hill was born in London in 1948, Frederick (Freddie, Fred) Rowland Hill and is a jazz trumpeter. He attended the Jazz Summer Schools held in South Wales in 1968, 1969 and 1970, and the Conservatorium Jazz Clinics in Sydney in 1980, 1981 and 1982.
In 1976 Hill founded an eleven-piece contemporary jazz orchestra, Brassband Extraordinaire, which played original compositions and arrangements of music by composers such as Erik Satie and Thelonious Monk. Hill has performed as a jazz trumpeter with bands such as the Gaiety Swing Band (now called the Shawnuff Swing Band), the Southern Hemisphere Big Band, Saturn Doll, and The Hot Club of Bondi.
He has been a private teacher of music, and has also taught instrumental and class music for the NSW Department of Education since 1980.Freddie Hill composes in both jazz and classical styles, and has composed an opera, The Circumnavigator, to his own libretto.