Lisa K. Hilton

Composer / Pianist / Producer / Bandleader

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The Broad Theatre/Santa Monica, CA. Photo by Ricky Chavez.

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Lisa Hilton Trio

Lisa Hilton Quintet

Solo Piano

“Piano Ecstasy” or “Handful of Keys” – programs featuring 3 solo pianists

Lisa Hilton Music provides top quality programs and performers, and works to bring awareness to your venue and event through social networks, direct mail, advertising and other marketing practices.  Hilton is available for workshops/lectures/artist in residence programs speaking primarily on composing, producing, or musicianship.  


Jan 10, 2019 - 8pm
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

With the Escapism band: Gregg August/bass, Terell Stafford/trumpet, JD Allen/sax, and Rudy Royston/drums. Photo by Justin Bettman.
Photo by Justin Bettman.
Photo by Justin Bettman.


“Lisa Hilton has been compared to some of the best pianists in history.” The New Face of Jazz

“One of the finest composers working in jazz today.” Jazz Notes

“Pure passion in motion.” Jazz Quarterly

“Expressive.” KZSU Radio Stanford University

“Pianistic fireworks.” Hothouse Jazz Guide

“Keyboard lust.” MGZC Radio

“Shimmering and spacious.” Jazz Times

“Ms. Hilton continues to unclog the arteries in jazz.” Jazz Review


Lisa Hilton’s West Coast cool jazz piano delivers echoes of a young Bill Evans, flashes of Brubeck or influences from Bach, Basie or Bartok. There’s power, passion and nuance in her performances while her onstage warmth engages audiences on flights of creative improvisation.

For Hilton, music and art are always intertwined. Despite formal training in classical and twentieth century piano, the rigor of composition and music theory, or leading a performance tightrope with current jazz icons, when Hilton sits down to compose, she brings the visual to the forefront. “I have always been interested in the intersection of music and art,” Hilton explains. “While Louis Armstrong was performing, Monet was painting water lilies and French composers like Debussy were using harmonic impressionism – their creative concepts were very similar. When I compose or perform, I use a broad ‘palette’, so I can express musically much the same way a painter or sculptor would. I aspire to create a multi – dimensional approach so the audience can connect with the experience aurally and emotionally. Music is my art.”


Photo by Justin Bettman.


Photo by Ricky Chavez.


Hilton’s poly-genre style influences extend beyond jazz legends – encompassing bluesman Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, minimalists like Steve Reich, current rockers Black Keys and Green Day, or modernists like Prokofiev. Hilton has produced a total of nineteen albums and continues to work with this era’s jazz luminaries. Her music appears on international radio charts year after year–and has appeared on syndicated programs like NPR’s popular Morning Edition.

Hilton plays venues coast-to-coast including Carnegie Hall, Cornell University/NY, Royce Hall/UCLA/Westwood/CA, The DolbyTheatre/Hollywood, The Smith Center/Las Vegas, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Los Angeles, The Schwartz Center/Delaware, Buddy Guy’s/Chicago, The Broad Stage/Santa Monica, Regatta Bar/Boston, The Green Mill/Chicago, Vibrato Jazz Club/Los Angeles, Zinc Bar/NYC, Scullers/Boston, Jazz Alley/Seattle, The Grammy Museum/DTLA, Andy’s Jazz/Chicago, SFJazz Center/San Francisco, The Red Room/Boston, Twins Jazz/DC, Catalina Jazz Club/Hollywood, The Waldorf Astoria/NYC, San Diego Community College/San Diego, and others.

Hilton spends a portion of every year composing, so her music is always fresh, and she highlights diversity not just in her band, but by representing leadership for women as a composer and band leader too. For the last dozen years, Hilton has worked with students who are blind, visually impaired or multi-handicapped: “Music should be for everyone,” she always says.