During the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During three afternoons, a succession of artists-including Mike Stern, Bria Skonberg, Arturo O’Farrill, Wayne Escoffery, Pat Bianchi, Fred Hersch, Kate McGarry, Billy Childs and many others-came in to talk about the festival, jazz education, their creative process and their own projects. You can also see more of these video interviews at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.
In this interview from Newport, pianist Lisa Hilton talked about her evolution as a jazz musician, and her lifelong love of the piano. She also discussed her work with various programs for blind children and adults. Hilton’s latest album is Nocturnal.
The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival is scheduled for July 29-31.
Interview by Irene Lee. Video production by Paul Park. Editing by Lee Mergner.
Lisa Hilton on her lifelong love of piano:
Lisa Hilton on her work with the sight-impaired: