Happy Independence Day!

Lisa Hilton at Dodger Stadium

I had a great time at the Dodger game yesterday, though it was too bad we couldn’t quite win that one, (better luck next time Dodgers!)  Like everyone else, I’m planning to grill for the Holiday, also walk on the beach, and watch fireworks. I consider the 4th as halfway through summer, so I like to be sure and relish the time with friends and family while enjoying being outdoors.  What I think about, as I watch the fireworks explode here in America on Independence Day, is that we are lucky to have festive explosions here instead of the real explosions endured in many countries around our war – torn world, and I am thankful for that.

I have been relatively quiet in June, happily composing and “playing my vegetables” – my term for diligently working on the technical aspects for my piano playing.  Not quite as fun as composing, (my “dessert”), but I still enjoy the technical side of the piano too.  It’s nice to spend the time on the fundamentals, and to feel the growth that comes from that.  I will also be putting together more tour dates soon – I’ll be in Chicago at the Green Mill 10/20/2014, Cornell University 10/29/2014, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall again 1/11/2015, and Las Vegas 5/15 & 5/16 2015, but I’ll keep you posted on these and more dates later this summer.  If you’ve never been to Carnegie Hall, or you’ve been thinking about a Vegas trip, mark these dates down and come say hi, ok?

Our recent CD, “Kaleidoscope” is still enjoying lots of radio airplay, and we just love that support!  DownBeat Magazine posted a wonderful review by Jon Garelick: “….the sheer beauty of her playing – the rhythmic acuity, those silky extended lines…”  was such a nice surprise in this month’s July issue – thank you DownBeat!  If you are interested in buying the CD, I noticed they have a (cheap) promotional price at Amazon right now, (at least today): http://www.amazon.com/Kaleidoscope-Lisa-Hilton/dp/B00I8DI08U that beats iTunes even!: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kaleidoscope/id808942441

btw, for those interested, I thought the New York Times article on the great jazz pianist, and former Malibu resident,  Horace Silver was the best coverage:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/arts/music/horace-silver-85-master-of-earthy-jazz-is-dead.html?_r=0

If you missed the Sixty Minutes segment on jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, (interviewed by Wynton Marsalis), it’s definitely worth it: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-virtuoso-marcus-roberts/

I loved seeing/hearing the classical/urban mix of cellist Yo Yo Ma play while  Lil Buck danced to The Swan:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcRyF2t-WJE  – quite cool if you ask me!

And finally, you’re going to love this – the great tenor sax man – and my friend, J.D. Allen playing Stardust – solo.  Who needs anything more than this?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx9qdJc9wm8    I love his deep, deep tenor tone!