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Patti Wicks

In a jazz marketplace saturated with singer/pianists, Patti Wicks stands apart. She is the real thing - a pianist with a highly personal style of playing and a singer with an instantly recognizable voice. Her superior musicianship, impeccable taste and singular ability to dig deep inside the meaning of a lyric have earned her the respect of her fellow jazz musicians, the unqualified praise of jazz critics, and the admiration of a constantly expanding audience of devoted fans. Despite the inherent difficulties of a career in jazz, Wicks has remained steadfast in her commitment to the music and in her determination to find success on her own terms. Patti Wicks learned to overcome challenges at a very early age

ARTICLE: RADIO

Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis

Read "Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final day of station fundraising also included new releases from Mariel Austin, Emmet Cohen, Yelena Eckemoff and The Becoming Quintet with birthday shout outs to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Warren Vache, Michel Legrand and Patti Wicks among others. Also women-penned movie songs to honor Oscar Night and remembering Ethel Ennis. Playlist Hal Schaefer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland

Read "November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy November! Time to bundle up, run a Marathon, vote and enjoy the last weeks of Fall. In this broadcast, there are birthday celebrations for Roger Kellaway, Clifford Brown and singer Ethel Waters, among others. Also exciting new releases from pianists Myra Melford, Larry McDonough and bassist Alexander Claffy. Playlist Carol Robbins “The ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day And the month will be May for a while... I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens

Read "Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Horn did ballads and cool, understated ruminations better than anyone except her first champion, mentor and lifelong friend, trumpeter Miles Davis. Both were masters of silence and anticipation, but even Davis teased Horn about her pacing. 'You do 'em awful slow!' he once said.'" Richard Harrington, Washington Post. The incandescence that was ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Vocalist/Pianist Patty Wicks: 1945-2014

Vocalist/Pianist Patty Wicks: 1945-2014

Vocalist and pianist Patti Wicks, who divided her jazz life between New York and Florida for the past 40 years, recording several well-considered albums since the turn of the new century, died from heart failure March 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 69-years old. Wicks belonged to that rarefied group of performers that include ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kate Reid: The Love I’m In

Read "The Love I’m In" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dr. Kate Reid is a faculty member of the Fine Arts department of Cypress College in Southern California. However, Reid is no stuffed shirt, ivory tower type. No, she is a living, breathing, practicing jazz singer, one who holds on to tradition loosely, having fun with the music she performs. She belongs to that treasured group ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

Read "Cat Conner: Cat Tales" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cat ConnerCat TailesSelf Produced2011 One of the greatest jazz performance challenges is playing and singing ballads slow...sometimes called “calendar slow." The trick is playing slowly without dragging or stalling. It is simple physics, the difference between velocity and momentum. Simple tempo may be understood in terms of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard

Read "Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nich Anderson is a Northwest coast jazz vocalist and jazz vocals champion who has been bringing jazz vocal talent to his “house concerts" in Washington State for the past 10 years. Anderson and Origin Records' house presence Bill Anschell have produced a recording documenting some of this talent. The result is a collection of duets and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Patti Wicks's Jazzy Turn at the Metropolitan Room

Patti Wicks's Jazzy Turn at the Metropolitan Room

The jazz singer and pianist Patti Wicks is all about rhythmic deconstruction. Like the much-missed Carmen McRae, Ms. Wicks, who appeared at the Metropolitan Room on Monday evening with the bassist Linc Milliman, scrutinizes songs with a raised eyebrow. Words and phrases are dismantled with a wry deliberation and an improvisatory boldness that put a question ...


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