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Vocalist/Pianist Patty Wicks: 1945-2014

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Patti Wicks 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 Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
Shirley Horn
1934 - 2005
piano
, Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
1933 - 2003
piano
and Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie
1926 - 2009
piano
—vocalists who play piano. Her piano playing was informed by Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
and her singing by Horn. Her vocal delivery was comfortable and conversational and her ballad playing exceptional. Godspeed, Patti Wicks.

Patti Wicks Discography

Room At The Top: The Patti Wicks Trio (Recycled Notes, 1997)
Love Locked Out (MAXJAZZ, 2003)
Basic Feeling (Studiottanta Fortuna Records, 2005)
Italian Sessions (Studiottanta Fortuna Records, 2007)
It’s a Good Day (Geco Tonwaren, 2008)
Dedicated To (Geco Tonwaren, 2009)
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