I took a little Spring Break last week and went to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mohave Desert – my first time there. (You might remember that we shot the haunting video for “Mojave Moon” from our ESCAPISM album last year there, but it was done by my director James Grant at full moon so I did not go on that trip). It was absolutely A M A Z I N G! Yes, Yosemite and the Big Sur coastline are incredibly beautiful in a traditional way, but Joshua Tree looks like you are on a different planet – everything is unusual – the foliage, rocks, and of course the scale are all mind boggling. You can tell by my parka that it was cold there – it’s a high desert – but the south entrance to the park was lower altitude and strewn with wildflowers for a warm welcome. For anyone who’s a nature lover like I am, I definitely recommend a trip there.
Speaking of ESCAPISM, (a good topic after my spring break!) that album is up for Album of the Year and Best Piano Album with Instrumentation of the Year awards at Zone Music Reporter – thank you! Remember the songs Zero Gravity and 29 Palms? So nice to receive the nominations – we really appreciate the love!
OASIS continues to have wonderful support too, and we are so grateful for the wide embrace from radio and streaming shows as well as many positive reviews – like this new one: “Excellent trio mates…Hilton’s compositions remain the album’s primary strength.” Neil Tesser/WFMT/Jazziz OASIS has been:
#1 NEW RELEASES/COOL JAZZ Amazon
One of the Best Releases of 2018 All About Jazz
#1 JAZZ CHART KZSU/Stanford University Radio
#2 ZMR RADIO CHART/JAN 2019/Zone Music Report
TOP 5 JAZZ ARTISTS OF 2018 FemMusic
#5 ALL GENRES/KZSU/Stanford University Radio
#6 JAZZWEEK RADIO CHART 2019 JazzWeek
ARTIST OF THE MONTH / DECEMBER 2018 Sounds of Timeless Jazz
Pretty please…. TELL YOUR FRIENDS, or come if you can to the last remaining shows this spring:
MARCH 30 / SATURDAY / KERRYTOWN CONCERT HOUSE / 8PM 415 N. 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/lisa-hilton/
APRIL 2 / TUES/BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS / CHICAGO/IL / 5PM 700 S. Wabash Ave. | Chicago, IL 60605 https://chicagolighthouse.org/event/jazz-night/And for those pre- planners, next year CARNEGIE HALL/NYC will be January 9th/Thursday.
Take care, and enjoy the official start of spring.