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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...

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Clifford Jordan Quartet

Clifford Jordan Quartet

Nothing I’ve recorded is closer to my heart than this, my first collaboration with Clifford. We recorded live at a posh jazz club in Baltimore for three great nights. more..

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John Cocuzzi Quintet

John Cocuzzi Quintet

I love the real deal, the old Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw 78s from the swing era. But most recent recreations of ’30s and ’40s music are too tame for me. more...

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Kendra Shank

Kendra Shank

This is my idea of an intimate, straight-to-the-heart jazz ballad singer. She’s somewhat in the vein of Diana Krall, but maybe a little more passionate. Shirley Horn brought Kendra to Mapleshade. more...

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Larry Willis

Larry Willis

Larry’s on-fire piano leads a world-class quintet in a soaring, swinging exploration of matters of the soul and spirit. Slide Hampton says, “Man, Larry’s playin’ like he’s on a mission!” more...

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Walter Booker Quintet

Asante & Benito Gonzalez

For years, I’ve been itchin’ to find someone to lay down a heavy duty Latin jazz CD, something closer to the Afro-Cuban roots than today’s fare. more..

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Rebecca Kane Sextet

“Kane’s penmanship…and her piano work is very subtle…a little gem,” as seen by JazzTimes. Rebecca is a multi-hued pianist and composer, ranging from bittersweet ballads to sly Latin toe-tappers. more...

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Jeff Jeffers NY Classics Big Band

The trademark low brass punch of the NY Classics knocks out audiences all over the Big Apple, me included. Not so much a jamming big band like Clifford’s, they’re more in the tightly-knit Ellington groove. more..

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Paul Murphy & Larry Willis

Hamiet Bluiett

Here’s a stomping Bluiett electric group that’ll knock you on your butt. I can’t possibly summarize this session, so I’ll give you the recipe for Bluiett’s barbeque instead more...

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