December 19th, 2014 11:59 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Hilary Kole About "A Self Portrait"
Hilary Kole , who attracted major media attention with the release of her debut CD, Haunted Heart in 2008, has been a major figure on the New York jazz and vocal scene even before she co-created and co-starred in the ground-breaking revue Our Sinatra 10 years ago.
The heiress to a richly musical family (her father sang the lead in West Side Story on Broadway), Ms. Kole studied classical music composition, piano, and eventually voice, at the Manhattan School of Music, but learned much of her craft as a singer of jazz and standards at the Rainbow Room. "For a year and a half I was literally the last big band vocalist in New York," she says. In addition to her frequent performances at Birdland, she has also headlined at other New York clubs, including the Jazz Standard and the Iridium, and she has played major clubs around the country and festivals around the world. Despite having racked up lots of experience at a very young age, Hilary has never done anything like You Are There before - but neither has anyone else! "I am so grateful to these artists, for sharing their music, their time, and a piece of themselves with me.
Over the last four years, I have learned so much about singing, so much about interpreting a lyric. It`s through working with the very best that you become better. The wonderful thing was that each and every pianist was so anxious to be a part of this, to listen to each other`s tracks, to pick their favorite songs. That was the real joy for me."
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