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by Willie Pickens Trio
Willie Pickens (1931 to 2017) was an American 'jazz' pianist, composer and educator. William Pickens was born on April 18th 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He studied piano formally from the age of 14, attending Lincoln High School in the city (alongside noted saxophonist Bunky Green). He then attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, before doing service in the US Army from 1951. He finally obtained a BS in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1958 and moved to Chicago in the same year. In the early 1960s, he played on the first four recordings by saxophonist Eddie Harris' on 'Vee-Jay Records', also touring with him between 1960 and 1966. From that point, Pickens decided to teach music at public schools (finally retiring from tuition duties in 1990), and was a faculty member of the American Conservatory of Music between 1971 and 1987. He recorded with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco in 1977 and with drummer Louis Bellson in 1994, and also played in drummer Elvin Jones' band between 1990 and 1997, performing internationally with the ensemble. He appeared regularly at international 'jazz' festivals, including annually at the Chicago Jazz Festival from its inception. He mentored countless younger players while teaching at such establishments as Northern Illinois University's School of Music, and was widely considered to be one of the last great 'bebop' pianists. Pickens' most notable compositions included "Who Wrote This Song?", recorded by Joanie Pallatto in 1994, and "W.P." for his long-time collaborator Eddie Harris (he also co-wrote "A.M. Blues" along with Harris). His daughter Bethany is also a professional pianist, and once recorded with her father. Willie Pickens died from a heart attack in Manhattan, New York, on December 12th 2017, aged 86. His wife Irma had died in 2015, after 55 years of marriage. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/pianist-willie-pickens-a-fixture-on-chicagos-jazz-scene-has-died/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Pickens - http://www.allmusic.com/artist/willie-pickens-mn0000583991
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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