Piano, B3 Organ, Accordian
Hildreth’s music career began at the age of ten, playing accordion in school plays, upright bass and guitar in church services, and piano and bass guitar in local garage bands. His first love being the boogie-woogie rock of Jerry Lee Lewis, Todd discovered classical music and jazz at Bellarmine College, studying under Steve Crews. It was here that Todd played in The Bellarmine Jazz trio who would tour Europe and play the Montreaux Jazz festival in 1988. It was also while at Bellarmine that Todd would meet Julie Roth, who he¹d later marry.
A stunning pianist, it was actually the organ that proved a perfect synthesis for Todd’s earliest roles as bassist and keyboardist. Between the two instruments, Todd developed a reputation around Louisville that put him on the bandstand with such diverse artists as Jimmy Raney, Eugene Chadbourne, Jamey Aebersold, The Platters, Leslie Gore, John Fedchock, Rufus Reid, The Ron Jones Quartet, Bob from Sesame Street, King Kong, and Aretha Franklin.
Todd has toured Europe and been on numerous tours of the U.S. appearing on the second stage of the Lollapalooza Tour. Forming Java Men in 1992, Todd embarked on a few tours with Craig Wagner and Ray Rizzo that brought the band to Orono, Maine, Linc’s Seafood Buffet, and New York’s Knitting Factory.
Aside from two recordings with King Kong (Drag City¹s “Me Hungry” and “Kingdom Of Kong”), Todd has recorded four albums with Java Men, one with Eugene Chadbourne, and appeared on records by The Sonora Pine, Liberation Prophecy, L’Woo and numerous others.
Todd and Julie gave birth to their first child, Julia Delaney in December of 2000 and their second, Alan on May 27, 2003. He is currently on the jazz and music technology faculty at Bellarmine University and is music director at Ascension Lutheran Church in Louisville.