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
What kind words have been coming in from all around the world for the new album DAY & NIGHT. Wow! Thank you all! It’s quite touching to a musician to see their art connect with music lovers from New Hampshire to Argentina to Russia. As an independent artist I really appreciate these connections. Thank you for listening.
There is still time to buy tickets for my show in San Francisco, but it looks like they might sell out of this event, so please share with your friends in case they might want to go this Friday March 10th, at 8pm. It is such a great/hip neighborhood for dinner or drinks as well as a fantastic venue at SF Jazz Center: https://www.sfjazz.org/events/lisa-hilton-solo-piano-day-night
REVIEWS FOR DAY & NIGHT
“Fantastic new CD from Lisa Hilton. We love her version of Begin The Beguine.” Toppy Jazz the #1 Jazz Station in Europe
“Solo piano jazz…Lisa Hilton owns this art brilliantly: soft touch, subtle but very significant swing, a deep connection with the jazz tradition – especially the blues, and of course the beauty of the execution.” Jazz Quad/Russia
“Hilton returns with another CD of solo piano, beautifully played and expressive.” KZSU Radio Stanford University
“Rich with elegance and energy, with refined technique, performances and interesting improvisation.” Animajazz/Italy
“Hilton’s playing is quite lovely.” WTJU Radio
“Beautiful – I’m speechless 5 out of 5 rating.” SURF RADIO/Hossegor, France
“One of my favorite jazz pianists.” FM URIQUIZA/Argentina
“Lovely Album! Some of the nicest music I’ve heard this year.” WUNH Radio
“DAY & NIGHT is her best yet… wonderful work!” 2MAXFM/AUSTRALIA
“Straight and well produced solo piano. Always well done!” WRTC
“I have liked this artist for many years.” CKIA/Quebec City/Canada
“Hilton’s music is sweet & full of life.” ANUHEA REFRESHING JAZZ/Hawaii
“I was immediately drawn into her music.” Center Stage with Pamela/WGCH
“Virtuosity aside, Hilton has imbued this succession of songs with so much nuance – so much extension of incredibly phrased riffs – that take the song places that are so unexpected that one is left simply awestruck by beauty”. Hugh Carson/KVNF Radio
“Beautiful sound.” BondiFM NSW/Australia
“Keyboard lust.” MGZC Radio/NC
“Expressive, eloquent compositions and playing.” Grey Lock Glass Podcast
For Day & Night “Hilton delves into her own songbook to create more deep brush strokes to her works of art. A strong addition to an already impressive portfolio.” George Harris/JazzWeekly
“Hilton is in player in full command of the nuances of her instrument. Her approach is a welcome expanse of dynamics and tonal variety, enabling her to conjure aural pictures in a richly impressionistic style. Memorably resonant original songs….and gentle pianistic fireworks.” Hothouse Jazz Guide
“Letting it fly with just jazz piano ace Lisa Hilton front & center, you really get a chance to appreciate what a killer pianist she is. Tasty stuff that’s a great centerpiece to her canon.” Midwest Record
“Pure passion in motion…” Jazz Quarterly: TasteMaker Honors
“Day & Night just might be the tonic this nation needs…everyday treasures that strengthen the bonds of humankind are intrinsic to the music of Lisa Hilton.” AXS/Carol Banks Weber
“Hilton explores music as art and paints texture and color through jazz approaches. Her originals convey many of Cole Porter’s compositional integrity.” Sounds of Timeless Jazz/Paula Edelstein
“Soothing yet complex solo piano music. Hilton likes to spread the wealth of her influences from the simplistic one-note three-times-fast like Count Basie or the meanderings of the complex jazzer Horace Silver.” Classical Lite
“It takes a very talented and confident artist to record a complete album as a soloist. In the spotlight Hilton’s fingers race around the keys, demanding the best from all the notes.” Musical Memoirs Jazz Blog/Dee Dee McNeil
SoloPiano.com 2016 Jazz Album of the Year Runner Up
ZMR.com 2017 #6 Radio Chart
TOP 22 JAZZWEEK CHART
Take care and enjoy your week!
Carnegie Hall was SO much fun. The piano was in excellent shape, the acoustics in Mrs. Carnegie’s former “salon” are perfect, and there was a really warm and enthusiastic audience to the new music from DAY & NIGHT. So many people braved the chilly 20 degrees to come out – many of them friends – and we had a really great time. There are a few more performance dates – if you missed the Carnegie show, (or just feel like coming again!), here are the dates and links and descriptions:
FEBRUARY 9/THURSDAY / JUNIOR BLIND OF AMERICA 4PM LOS ANGELES/CA / 5300 Angeles Visa Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043 (323) 295-4555 / www.JuniorBlind.org Please come for a tour before or after the show if you are interested in learning more about this great organization. Ask to speak with Laura Hardy if you are interested in coming to this show for special needs students.
FEBRUARY 18/SATURDAY / THE EDYE SECOND SPACE AT THE BROAD THEATER 7 PM / 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 434-3200 http://www.thebroadstage.com/en/Performances/visiting_events/Productions/lisahilton/ There are so many great restaurants to go to before this show: Huckleberry, Milo and Olive, Wilshire, Santa Monica Seafood and Rustic Canyon are all very close by. This is an intimate theater in a convenient location, with good parking.
MARCH 10/FRIDAY / SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ /Joe Henderson Lab 8pm / 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 https://www.sfjazz.org/events/lisa-hilton-solo-piano-day-night This show is in the very cool Hayes Valley neighborhood known for its trendy cafes and wine bars all within walking distance of this new and contemporary venue. Better to get your show tix now – we almost sold out last year. This is a great venue to bring friends to – there is a bar in the venue as well.
APRIL 8/SATURDAY/ BERKLEE COLLEGE /DAVID FRIEND RECITAL HALL 8pm / 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 747-2261 https://www.berklee.edu/events/lisa-hilton It’s always fun to listen to music in walkable Boston. I haven’t played there in a few years, so please come out for this one!
APRIL 11/TUESDAY THE GREEN MILL 5:30-8PM/ 4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-5552 To benefit The Chicago Lighthouse These tickets will be posted in March. The Green Mill is the oldest continuously run jazz club in the US and has the cool historic vibe – always a fun time there!
The new music debuted at on the JazzWeek Radio chart the very first week at #39 – thank you for your support!
A nice new review is up at JazzWeekly: “Hilton creates deep brush strokes to her works of art….” http://www.jazzweekly.com/2017/01/everything-right-where-you-need-itlisa-hilton-solo-piano-day-night/
If you haven’t picked up a copy try here: AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4GOGKQ or here: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/day-night/id1168095658
Enjoy your day and hope to see you soon!