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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 21, 1941 | Died: May 10, 2006

Mr. Hicks, born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1941, was the eldest of five children. His parents, Reverend Doctor John J. Hicks and the former Pollie Louise Bledsoe of Atlanta, both deceased, moved to Los Angeles when Mr. Hicks was an infant. That is where Hicks received his first piano lessons under the tutelage of his mother. When Hicks was fifteen, the family moved to Saint Louis, Missouri in order for the Reverend Hicks to take over the pulpit of Union Memorial Methodist Church.

After graduating high school and attending Lincoln University, the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, and Julliard School of Music in New York City, Hicks relocated to New York City from St. Louis by accepting his first road gig with Della Reese. That was over 40 years ago. John Hicks became so firmly established among the most in-demand, prolific jazz pianists and composers on the recording and live appearance scenes, critics permanently affixed the adjective “ubiquitous” to his name. As a leader or first-call sideman, playing inside or outside the chord changes, presenting sparkling ballads or burning up the keyboard at torrid tempos, Hicks was as versatile as he was omnipresent. He has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Spivey Hall, and a host of international jazz festivals....
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Music

Featured recording “Mind Wine - The Music Of John Hicks”

Mind Wine - The Music Of John Hicks

Savant Records
2009
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    Mind Wine - The Music Of John Hicks

    Savant Records
    2009
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    Mind Wine: The Music of John Hicks

    Savant Records
    2008
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    On The Wings Of An Eagle

    Chesky Records
    2007
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    Sweet Love Of Mine

    HighNote Records
    2007
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    On The Wings Of An Eagle

    Challenge Jazz
    2006
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    Fatha's Day


    2004
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    Music In The Key Of Clark

    Challenge Jazz
    2002
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