Amazon.com Widgets

Willie Pickens

Primary Instrument: Piano

Growing up in the midwest, Willie Pickens earned a teacher’s certificate from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and went on to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, in 1958, to receive his B.S. in Music Education, before beginning his remarkable career as a jazz pianist. Over the years, his sterling academic credentials have enabled him to share his gifts with many young players, both as a performer and teacher.

Upon graduating from school, he moved to Chicago and began his career on a national hitrecord -- Eddie Harris' 1961 Exodus. After that big hit, Willie’s live appearances were almost all limited to the midwest for the next two decades, while his career as an educator flourished. From 1966 to 1986, he appeared on recordings headlined by Bunky Green, E. Parker McDougal, Vernel Fournier, He also performed with Sammy Davis Jr., at Orchestra Hall, and with Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and Minnie Ripperton at the Mill Run Theatre...
read more

  • BUY

    JazzSpirit, Volumes 1 & 2

    Southport Records
    2006
  • BUY

    A Jazz Christmas

    Enja Records
    1998
View Discography Page

This information is provided by discogs.com or the profile administrator.

Watch More Videos

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Willie Pickens events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

Become a fan of Willie Pickens Track
”With his large & complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand and his barrelhouse octaves in the left, Pickens never lets the dramatic intensity flag.” Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune

“Pickens' most exuberant solos all but take flight from the keyboard's runway.” Neil Tesser - Chicago Reader

Rank: 6,562 Views: 4,133
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Musician Search

Help improve the Willie Pickens profile

All About Jazz musician profiles are maintained by musicians, publicists and trusted members like you. Interested? Tell us why you would like to improve the Willie Pickens musician profile.