Musician Spotlight: John Hicks
John Hicks’ father, a prominent Los Angeles Methodist minister who loved jazz, got him started on piano at an early age and often took him to Basie and Ellington concerts. Hearing Tatum at age 12 was an overwhelming experience. Soon thereafter, the family moved to St. Louis, where John started playing his first professional gigs while still in high school. John first attended Lincoln University in Missouri as a government major, then switched to music and graduated from Berklee in 1962. Soon he was serving a blues apprenticeship with Little Milton and Albert King, then touring with jazz greats Al Grey, Pharaoh Sanders and Johnny Griffin. Fellow St. Louis natives Clark Terry, Miles Davis and Oliver Nelson convinced Hicks to move to New York in 1963, where he worked with Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson and Joe Henderson. more...