Sunday Night Jazz Showcase
Program #232 (December 2 at 8:00 p.m.)
Originally from a small town on California’s central coast, Lisa Hilton studied classical and twentieth-century piano formally from the age of eight, where she was inspired by her great uncle, Willem Bloemendall, (1910-1937), a Dutch piano virtuoso. Hilton accompanied on the piano for her grammar school glee club starting in third grade, later joining orchestra and band on flute, and performed piano scores for high school musicals.
In college though, due to the lack of creativity in the music program, she dropped out, switching majors and receiving a degree in art instead. Since becoming a professional musician though, this background in the arts has informed Hilton’s composition process noting that she “paints” her compositions with harmonic washes and then “sculpts” them with textural and rhythmic ideas.
Hilton has performed at venues across the US from the legendary Carnegie Hall to Chicago’s historic Green Mill and is known her expressive technique at the piano as well as for her warmth and storytelling on stage. Over a career that has lasted several years, Hilton has worked with many of todays’ living jazz legends such as JD Allen, Rudy Royston, Larry Grenadier, Terell Stafford, Christian McBride, Sean Jones, Billy Hart, Marcus Gilmore, Nasheet Waits and others.
Hilton now lives in Malibu, California, home at one time to jazz musicians Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, and Horace Silver among others, finding inspiration in the essence of the sun-dappled hills and within the fog-dense mornings along the beach. The daughter of a professor of biology, nature holds a special place in Hilton’s life, and she brings in the wider world outside into her compositions with titles such as Vapors & Shadows from OASIS, Mojave Moon off 2017’s ESCAPISM, and Sunset on the Beach from the album DAY & NIGHT.
Committed to helping students who are often overlooked, Hilton has regularly spends time to help students who are blind or visually impaired at the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, The Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles, Camp Bloomfield for the Blind in California, or The Berklee College in Boston and their Adaptive Music Lab for visually impaired musicians.
(provided by Lisa Hilton)