It’s been really nice….
Hope you had a nice holiday weekend – I feasted and, I suppose, “Fested” a bit with family and friends but still got a big hike in the Santa Monica Mountains near my home. Our Spring weather in Cali has been a bit erratic, but we are getting some nice days after all the rain we had. Hope your spring is coming too!
Time for some ESCAPISM, right?
It’s A L M O S T Spring!
Not quite, but it’s almost here! I know we have needed the rain and cooler weather, but I’m literally thinking about ESCAPISM, (or maybe it’s Spring Breakism), right now! Doesn’t a warm, sandy (dry) spot sound good today? But for now, I’m just about ready to spend time at my beloved piano, thinking about the upcoming nights of ESCAPISM – the performances that is – that are coming up for our release. We are NUMBER 8 on TWO radio charts! YIPPEE! We love that! Please try and come out to one of these last 3 shows – I really can’t promise any sandy beaches, but I definitely can guarantee you a Hot Summer Samba! Come on, you deserve an little ESCAPISM don’t you?
ENJOY A NIGHT OF PURE ESCAPISM:
3/23 RAITT HALL/PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY/ Malibu, CA/ 8PM This is a solo piano show in an intimate space with great acoustics on my “home court” – the first theatre I performed – in so it should be a really nice show. Come early and have a bite or a drink locally at: Ollo, Tradinoi, Taverna Tony, Cafe Habana or Bui Sushi – all close by and delicious. If you can get to the theater before 8:30 you can stop by the very nice Weissman Museum next door too: I’m very excited about this show and would love to say hi to everyone after and you never know who might show up!
4/10 BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS/ 5PM 700 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL This is a fun, casual yearly event to benefit the Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually impaired. And let’s not forget, that we have run into Mr. Buddy himself on more than one occasion there which is always a thrill too! This starts early with jazz vocalist Nikki George, and then I will come on a bit later. It’s over by 8 so there’s still plenty of time to head out after to your next spot, right? A nice club right off Michigan Avenue makes it an easy stop too.
4/12 THE SMITHSONIAN/ Nan McEvoy Auditorium/Museum of American Art, Washington DC 6PM FREE! with Luques Curtis/bass, Rudy Royston/drums I highly recommend this show too – the last of the tour and with an awesome band too! THIS IS COMPLETELY FREE because it’s the Smithsonian, so come on, and come out! Or come for a long weekend as it’s Cherry Blossom Festival time! Come early and enjoy the beauty of our nations capital and the finest museums along with a free show.
Just a couple of great reviews here – we love the encouragement and support! “A Great Escape.” Jazz Weekly “The cure for winter blues.” WDCE Radio “Escapism is a beautiful recording project”. Anima Jazz/Italy “A bit elegant, a bit adventurous, very clear and crisp sound, a good good release”. WUWF/Florida “Lisa Hilton is amazing!” BONDI RADIO FM Australia “Hilton’s music is picturesque and impressionistic…the pianist has excellent technique.” Downbeat “Hilton is a pure original… she has a magical ability to make her piano tell compelling stories. Certainly on Escapism her facility for make her instrument talk and sing and wear its emotions on its proverbial sleeve is immense and you can hear this almost immediately as the recording begins. There is so much drama in her playing that one finds oneself constantly at the edge of the seat… She seems to be able to make her instrument a living, breathing thing. This is an album to die for.” Jazz da Gama/ Canada “Truly unique compositions, flawlessly played. Hilton & company are relentlessly in search of excellence, while achieving it with a frequency that leaves one in jaw-dropping awe.” Hugh Carson, KVNF Radio
Be sure to look for our music on SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC, YOUTUBE, AMAZON or any other source you use for listening at home/work/car or shop @ iTunes: or most online stores. Whenever you can, share the show info with friends, or a YouTube Video or write a nice review on Amazon or follow on the links below – these small acts are very kind and encouraging. Art, culture, music and live music are all important to our community, our country and our world, and your support is always appreciated!
Where ESCAPISM began….
OH WHAT WONDERFUL SUPPORT! WE LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
Thank you, thank you to radio, streaming, music services and playlists everywhere around the world for your support for our album. We love and appreciate your support!
ESCAPISM RADIO REVIEWS
“The stark beauty and flowing movement of the (Mojave Moon video) images could hardly suit the music better.” Nate Chinen/WBGO
MELTDOWN from ESCAPISM was featured December 2017 on the popular State of Jazz Playlist/SPOTIFY
“Hilton is superb as usual. Clear ideas and fine dexterity.” Modern Jazz Today – syndicated
“I have to just say ZERO GRAVITY is just perfect. My favorite tune. I dub it a standard for the new era of jazz”. Todd Steed/WUOT
“Nice beat and beautiful ballads – this is what I like.” Evert Radio /Netherlands/syndicated
“The cure for winter blues.” WDCE/VA
“Truly unique compositions, flawlessly played. Regardless of the tempo, an inherent momentum informs Hilton’s music. Her left -hand has the pounding momentum and synergy of overtones that is so incredible. To say nothing of the right- hand improvising on a theme or taking off into absolutely unexpected and unpredictable places in such a beautiful way. Hilton & company are relentlessly in search of excellence, while achieving it with a frequency that leaves one in jaw-dropping awe.” Hugh “Hurricane” Carson, KVNF
“Escapism is a record that confirms the professional skills of pianist Lisa Hilton, capable of fusing technical skills and poetic sensibility, and succeeding in this way in keeping the listener always involved and attentive. A beautiful recording project”. Anima Jazz/Italy
“What a nice find – really like the sound of this. A bit elegant, a bit adventurous, very clear and crisp sound, good good release”. WUWF/Florida
“Lisa Hilton is amazing!” BONDI RADIO FM Australia
“Peace, tranquillity and upbeat energy are all aspects of ESCAPISM, pianist Lisa Hilton has combined all these elements in her album.She says she wants to provide upliftment and relief – a place where listeners can be energized and rejuvenated – she has achieved that.” 2BACR FM/Sydney, Australia
“HOT SUMMER SAMBA sparkles – her jazz has muscle – an escape indeed!” Jazz & Poetry Radio /France
“What a treat – I’m along for the ride!” CFRU/Canada
“The music really cooks – these tracks are a keeper.” WHCJ/GA
“Nice Work.” Favorite track: TOO HOT WMNF/Florida
“Flowing tones – cool! Gydnia Radio/Poland
“Poetic beauty.” WOJB/Wisconsin
“A good mix of swinging and contemplative stuff.” WXPN/PA
“Always good tunes from Lisa Hilton.” WRTC/Connecticut
“Escapism is a breath of fresh, uplifting, positive air.” WGMC/NY
“A super jazz CD – she’s got rhythm for sure.” WHFC/WI
“Dig that groove- got that classic 60’s jazz feel.” WAIF/Cincinatti/OH
“Very easy to get into and love.” Beehive Candy Radio/UK
“Great album covering many styles.” DJJazzmadass/Frankfurt, Germany
“Hot.” MGZC Radio/North Carolina
“This is music to escape from daily problems. Beautiful piano playing & horn players.” AfterDinnerJazz Playlist
“Good solid jazz”. Cool Jazz 100/GA
“Very good.” CKMN/Canada
“Has a good clean sound.” 3MBR Radio/South Australlia
“I like Lisa Hilton and it’s a pleasure for me to discover this.” CKIA/Canada
“All tracks from ESCAPISM receiving airplay on Jazz Flight.” WQLN/PA
“I’m gonna ‘stay’ with Hilton!” Outasight Radio
“Just a delight to listen to.” MAD FM/New Zealand
“Grooving.” KNDD/Seattle, WA
“Nice & cool.” CKHA/Canada
“Always love Hilton’s excellent sounds. Always great radio play.” WAWL/TN
“A wonderful talent.” CHUO Radio/Canada
“Another beautiful performance by Ms. Hilton.” Radio Video/Belfast, Ireland
“A new & excellent record from one of my favorite jazz pianists!” Urquiza FM/Argentina
“Refreshing to hear REAL musicians doing their things. Very nice.” Tameside Radio/UK
“A great piano player and musician. A very sensitive touch. You feel the emotions of her music. It is an honor for me to play something from this album.” Radio 794/Netherlands
“Lisa does it again with lovely cool classics & swinging interpretations.” Soul & Jazz /UK
“Excellent, feet bmovin’ tunes. That’s real Swing.” ECMA-Radio/Austria
“Superbe.” Radio Krimi/Chamonix, France
“Good!” Radio MUZKOM/Moscow, Russia
“LOVE IT!” All Jazz Radio/South Africa
“Great for our jazz show.” RDU FM/New Zealand
“Another winner from Lisa Hilton.” Aloha Joe/Hawaiian Radio Network
“Love this album.” Aussie Grown Radio/Australia
“Very, very good.” The Network Radio/Italy
“Definitely good and engaging.” Radio Stereo/Italy
“Straight up traditional piano jazz with a master on the keyboard.” WMWM/MA
“Enviable variety of creativity in her albums.” Radio Cazkolik/Turkey
“Bright, energetic, thoughtful.” CILU/Canada
“Love it!!” 94/1fm/Macedonia
“Great jazz for my radio show, congrats on the great music by Lisa Hilton.” CKSJ/ Canada
“Very good album.” Urban Jazz Radio/UK
“Perfect for our Jazz channel.” RadioAvemue.com/Canada
“A superb jazz album, very nice!” Dr. Best at Radio Z 95.8 FM/Germany
“Cool tunes.” BBC Radio Gloucestershire / Global Radio 1 / Energy FM/UK
“Hilton has a fluid and often highly rhythmic style, that reflects both her classical and jazz chops. The variety on this disc reflects Hilton’s reach and command from beautiful ballads to jazzy swing and even a few steps toward the outside, but always fully under her command.” /WTJU/VA
“Nice sounds – I like it.” Radio Waves International/France
“A great album –a pleasure for our listeners.” RADIO RIVE SUD FM 103/Canada
“Great atmosphere!” Radio Bubble/Greece
“PURE BLISS and soothing joy – an album of distinction.” Spellbound Radio/New Zealand
“Groovy, straight ahead jazz – no compromising.” WSJR/PA
“Hilton’s music leads you into the state of Escapism with the joyous warmth of her beautiful composition and wondrous musical interactions with her bandmates -this is must have music.” Jazz Zone/Canada
“Lisa Hilton continues to impress! Mad FM/New Zealand
“Very tasty.” Israel Broadcast Authority
“VERY NICE – a Horace Silver spirit with a touch of Messengers- super cool! Radio Activ/France
“Definitely cool jazz – dig it!” WAIF/OH
“This is really lovely stuff – glad to hear it’s still being done like this.” Something Else Radio/Barcelona, Spain
“Lots of beautiful playing here.” WECI/IN
“Great album.” The Sound Lab/syndicated/UK
“Super.” Locos Por El Jazz Radio/Dominican Republic
“Throughout the album we will navigate the foam of jazz mastered and served with passion. A successful album that will be a milestone in Lisa Hilton’s discography.” Cot Sud 90.3/Paris, France
“BEAUTIFUL.” Radio Reverb/UK
“Excellent playing as always from Lisa Hilton. Good stuff!” Phuture Motion/UK
“Inspired arrangements, subtle yet powerful solos, a variety of moods beautifully expressed, and stunning production.” Groovalizacion / Multicult FM/ Berlin
“I like it…TOO HOT has a good vibe and I like MELTDOWN too.” JazzRadioDC
“Nice sound. Will feature on a future WORLD OF JAZZ podcast.” World of Jazz Podcast/Analogue Trash Radio
“cool.” DJ Purple Rabbit/Phonic 106.8 fm/UK
“Great album – a pleasure for our listeners.” CHAA Radio/Canada
“Nice tracks – a journey in harmonics.” CAMPUS RADIO/France
“Steeped in the classics, but timeless – great sound.” KFAI/MN
“The Album ESCAPISM- it’s just the best ! Every time Hilton brings out a new album the bar is raised another couple of notches. I just love this.” 2Maxfm/Australia
“Rip roaring jazz with cerebral depth. Bridges between spiritual, free and hard bop with the greatest of ease. Superb.” DJ Tomas: Google Music/SF Weekly, ForwardEver
Escapism Press Reviews
JD Allen/sax, Terell Stafford/trumpet, Gregg August/bass, Rudy Royston/drums
“Hilton’s music is picturesque and impressionistic…the pianist has excellent technique.” Downbeat
“Pianist Lisa Hilton has left an impressive creative footprint…Escapism continues her probing investigation of the American jazz landscape. Hilton has a knack for distillation, which is reducing music to its essences: harmony, melody, tempo, rhythm.” C. Michael Bailey/All About Jazz
“Hilton’s writing is quite expansive.” Cadence Magazine
“Hilton is a pure original… she has a magical ability to make her piano tell compelling stories. Certainly
on Escapism her facility for make her instrument talk and sing and wear its emotions on its proverbial sleeve is immense and you can hear this almost immediately as the recording begins. There is so much drama in her playing that one finds oneself constantly at the edge of the seat… She seems to be able to make her instrument a living, breathing thing. This is an album to die for.” Jazz da Gama/ Canada
Escapism “Blows open your mind and ears….this is a hot, happening date that charts a new course for pianist Hilton. Tasty jamming throughout. Well done.” Midwest Record
“Hilton is excitingly edgy during “Another Everyday Adventure” while showing her swinging digits on “Meltdown.” Her compositions are impressive… A Great Escape.” Jazz Weekly
“Lisa’s breadth of creativity and range of ideas are astounding as she reveals the virtuosity of her pianism, musicality & artful sound. Hilton has a lot to say. So listen. And then listen again.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz
“Hilton’s approach is fresh and uninhibited, taking musical paths less trodden and using expressive and unique chords.” Dee Dee McNeil/Musical Memoirs Jazz Journal
“A piano that seduces & captivates; a true passion in motion.” Actual Jazz/Uruguay “Artistic entertainment with splendid moments.” Vento Azul/Japan
“Great collection from Lisa Hilton – a really nice diversity.” The Music Korner Magazine “Lisa Hilton is top drawer.” Don Martin/Style Quarterly
“Fantastic!” Bebop Spoken Here
“Great energy, great creativity and broad range.” Jazz HQ
“This is a truly original musician with her own creative style and it is not surprising she is considered one of the leading pianists in the American jazz mainstream.” JazzQuad Russia
SO MUCH FUN IN NYC!
It was great to see friends last week in NYC! Thank you to all who made it to our show last Thursday at Carnegie Hall – that was so much fun! (Yes I’m planning something for next January too!) We all enjoyed it – it was my favorite band show I have ever done, and we had a bit of audience participation going on too! It was very cool to finally play ESCAPISM live with those perfect Carnegie acoustics. Live music always makes you feel good – a real night of ESCAPISM! It was very cool to have a music lover come all the way from Luxembourg come to our NYC show! My next shows are:
2/8 SF JAZZ /San Francisco/8PM https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/lisa-hilton/
3/23 RAITT HALL/PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY/8PM https://arts.pepperdine.edu/events/community-events.htm
4/10/5PM BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS: http://chicagolighthouse.org/event/jazz-night/ (come on, Chicago is always fun, right? And this is to benefit the amazing Chicago Lighthouse)
4/12 THE SMITHSONIAN/ 6PM/Nan McEvoy Auditorium https://americanart.si.edu/calendar/eventtrumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126586204 this show is FREE – how great is that? A FREE SHOW courtesy of the Smithsonian! This one is with JD Allen, Luques Curtis and Rudy Royston.
I really hope that you can make it to one of these shows – come and say hi!
I also want to also thank all radio stations that started playing our ESCAPISM right away too – 150+ stations across the world in 2 weeks with a #46 debut on JazzWeek. I guess Escapism is a pretty good title when so many people are getting bad weather – one radio host said that Escapism was “The Cure for Winter Blues” – I like that!
If you’re interested in shopping ESCAPISM is available on iTunes, Amazon or CDbaby or my website link is below. You can stream the music on all streaming platforms too.
Take care and stay safe and warm during this weather!
Happy Holidays, (or HOLIDAZE as the case may be),
Just in time for the Holidays my CD Escapism releases DECEMBER 1st! Yeah! My 20th release in 20 years! And yes, I do feel a wee bit overworked, but euphoric too. It is my passion, and I always feel extremely grateful when a new one is released – it really does feel a bit like a new child that you hope goes out into the world and makes a difference in others lives. This CD has myself on piano with JD Allen again on tenor sax, Gregg August on bass, Rudy Royston on drums and Terell Stafford on trumpet. Each CD has a different musical theme and ESCAPISM is about dealing with the challenges in life today by savoring the beauty and uplifting moments that are still there around us. You can get an idea of the energy of the music by the track titles: HOT SUMMER SAMBA, MELTDOWN, ANOTHER EVERYDAY ADVENTURE, TOO HOT, ON A CLEAR DAY, MOJAVE MOON, ZERO GRAVITY, ESCAPE VELOCITY BLUES, 29 PALMS, and UTOPIA CORNUCOPIA. Here is the just out video that was filmed in Joshua tree this month called Mojave Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lz8GApePLc Please share the video around!
CDs are available here my website and I also have sheet music and downloads for sale. The CDs are great as hostess gifts, teacher gifts, co-worker or “last minute” gifts. http://lisahiltonmusic.com/shop-1/ Of course you can always buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/escapism/id1300363720 or Amazon too: https://www.amazon.com/Escapism-Lisa-Hilton/dp/B075ZB7L5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511235882&sr=8- If you do get the CD and like it, please write a quick review on Amazon to help us out!
It’s still really early but here are a few reviews already out:
“Escapism blows open your mind and ears….this is a hot, happening date that charts a new course for pianist Hilton. Tasty jamming throughout. Well done.” Midwest Record
“Hilton is excitingly edgy during “Another Everyday Adventure” while showing her swinging digits on “Meltdown.” Her compositions are impressive… her own reading of “On A Clear Day,” is wonderfully dreamy. A Great Escape.” Jazz Weekly
“Hilton’s breadth of creativity and range of ideas are astounding as she reveals the virtuosity of her pianism, musicality and artful sound. Lisa Hilton has a lot to say. So listen. And then listen again.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz
“Truly unique compositions, flawlessly played. Regardless of the tempo, an inherent momentum informs Hilton’s music. Her left -hand has the pounding momentum and synergy of overtones that is so incredible. To say nothing of the right- hand improvising on a theme or taking off into absolutely unexpected and unpredictable places in such a beautiful way. Hilton & company are relentlessly in search of excellence, while achieving it with a frequency that leaves one in jaw-dropping awe.” Hugh “Hurricane” Carson, KVNF radio
“Hilton’s approach is fresh and uninhibited, taking musical paths less trodden and using expressive and unique chords.” Dee Dee McNeil/Musical Memoirs Jazz Journal
“A piano that seduces & captivates; a true passion in motion from the exquisite pianist Lisa Hilton.” Actual Jazz/Uruguay
Hoping You a Wonderful Holiday Season!