Jazz Unlimited for January 17 will be “The Career of John Hicks.” Born in Atlanta, pianist John Hicks came to St. Louis at the age of 14. Hicks went to high school with Lester Bowie and Oliver Lake. He went to Lincoln University and the Berklee School of Music. Hicks made his first recordings with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He soon became an in-demand pianist, playing with Betty Carter and David Murray in addition to leading his own groups. This show will feature him with, in addition, Joe Lovano, Jay McShann, Booker Ervin, Nick Brignola, Ray Anderson, St. Louisan Russell Gunn, Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring, Arthur Blythe, St, Louisan Freddie Washington, The Mingus Big Band, Pharoah Sanders and his own groups.
The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians featured on this show.
The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of January 25, 2016.
The video is John Hicks (p) and Pharoah Sanders Playing Hicks' composition "After the Morning" at the 1982 Frankfurt Jazz Festival.