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
, Nina Simone
and Blossom Dearie
—vocalists who play piano. Her piano playing was informed by Bill Evans
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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