The Jazz In M.E.E. Meets Warren Hill
Warren Hill swooped down on Houston Saturday, April 21, 2012 and had me at HELLO! My experience with him and his music was nothing less than magnificent! ALL ENCOMPASSING….. Comes to mind for me when describing him. He delivered an exceptional performance on sax and had the crowd on their feet! The master on the drums that night was none other than Houston’s own Patrick Williams! He took the show to another level! Warren was incredible and Patrick was a special addition and he killed it! Warren could not acknowledge Patrick enough for his show stopping drum performance! Patrick represented Houston well! Way to go Patrick!!!I love artists that share the spotlight! Warren is talented, funny and generous. Wow!! Warren treated the Houston audience like family with his warm personality and he is the complete musical package. I met him briefly before the show and after the show I was impressed that he remembered my name (first and last). I guess Warrens are just special!
His show at the Red Cat Jazz Cafe told a story in song. He revealed some of his most precious music memories and introduced us so graciously into his world. We learned that he had written countless hits dedicated to the true loves of his life … his wife of 16 years, Tamara and their 13 year old daughter, Olivia: “The Passion Theme”, “Our First Dance”, “Tamara”, “U R the 1”, “Olivia” and “Still in Love”.
Olivia is now getting ready to take over the role of “star” in the family, as her career is beginning to take off. She has a feature film “Olivia Rox” being released as one the world’s first family oriented webisode series. Olivia is an incredible singer/songwriter with over 200 songs composed since the age of 4. A natural performer, Olivia starred in the role of Annie for 75 shows during the summer of 2009, receiving an Ovation Award Nomination from the critics. Talent runs in the family.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Warren Hill began his musical journey on the guitar and vocals at the age of 7. In his first lesson, his guitar teacher simply asked him “tell me your favorite songs and I’ll teach you how to play them” It was this simple question that set the stage for Warren’s entire musical future; playing the music that he loved.
Currently, Warren is touring with the “Soul of Summer”, a package tour featuring Jonathan Butler and Maysa. He is working on several projects including: a new CD; his daughter’s CD and next film; his online Sax Club – with student members around the globe; concert promotion; and an innovative new internet music series. When he is not working, he enjoys the outdoors for long family walks with the dogs, jogging, cycling and swimming. Although if you ask him his response would be “Technically I don’t feel like I ever stop working. Even when I go for a jog, I’m working on some new song or arrangement in my head. But I’m not complaining!”
Warren agreed to an interview with THE JAZZ IN MEE for an upcoming Jazzy Limelight feature, but until then we can keep up with this compassionate and oh so talented artist on his website. http://www.warrenhill.com/Home.html