Jazz Pianist Lisa Hilton Peforms for the Students of
Junior blind of america
LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2013) – Junior Blind of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence, hosted critically-acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Lisa Hilton for a special performance for more than one hundred of its visually-impaired students.
Hilton has been bringing music to the visually impaired for over a dozen years and this was the fourth time in recent years that she has generously shared her musical talent with the students and families of Junior Blind. Hilton’s performance tied in with the agency’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month as well as the release of “Getaway,” her 15th CD which features her power trio with Larry Grenadier on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. Junior Blind was pleased to be one of the early audiences for her new CD, and Ms. Hilton will next be performing selections from “Getaway” on Thursday, May 16 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.
With what has been described as a “throbbing undercurrent of West Coast Cool,” Hilton has been compared favorably to such diverse pianists as Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck and Brad Mehldau, but her sound and touch are completely her own. Since 1997, Hilton has recorded and produced an album a year of her compositions and arrangements for solo piano, trio, and as a leader for her band. Dubbed a “lioness of jazz” by JazzReview, she works with some of the greatest musicians in jazz today.
“We are always pleased to have Lisa return to our campus to perform. During Jazz Appreciation Month, students in our After School Enrichment Program have been studying Jazz and Jazz musicians, many of whom are blind. Lisa Hilton’s performance was the perfect way to cap off our month-long celebration of Jazz music. She is a dear friend to Junior Blind, and our students always look forward to her special appearances on our campus,” says Jay Allen, Executive Vice President of Junior Blind. “Music holds such a warm place in the hearts of many of Junior Blind’s children and this was another unforgettable experience for them.”
About Junior Blind
Since 1953, Junior Blind has helped people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence. Each year, Junior Blind provides services to thousands of individuals and their families through programs that offer innovative and individualized methods of education, recreation, training and rehabilitation. These life-changing programs are designed to empower infants, children, teens and adults to reach their highest level of potential, independence and self-esteem. To learn more, please visit www.juniorblind.org.