b. Patricia Ellen Chappell, 24 Feb 1945, Islip, NY, USA. Delivered with hook visible impairment, as a little child Wicks shown an acute feeling of hearing. Her house supplied a musical environment, with age three she startled family by playing the piano, duplicating, note for take note, a Xmas carol her mom had just performed. She started piano studies, of which she was tutored by Juilliard graduate Pat Kleinmeyer. In the beginning, she was trained by hearing but as her eyesight improved, she could study even more intensively, including music theory and structure. Electing never to pursue a profession like a concert pianist, Wicks was approved in the Crane College of Music, SUNY, Potsdam, NY. It was right here that she analyzed under Wayne Ball who, with the moderate of records, launched her to numerous jazz music artists, notably Expenses Evans, whose music was to truly have a profound impact upon Wicks’ potential profession. During her junior 12 months at Crane, Wicks also fulfilled another college student, Hal Miller, who performed drums at on- and off-campus jazz gigs. Wicks started singing at a few of Miller’s times and in her last 12 months, she sang using the Varsity Jazz Big Music group, that John LaBarbera was conductor and arranger. For this period, she fulfilled and wedded Mike Wicks, the bass participant with the college student jazz group. After graduation from Crane, the few taught and in addition performed semi-professionally at weekends. Furthermore to carrying out in duo, in addition they created a trio with baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola. Having made the decision that she wished to play and sing jazz like a full-time profession, in 1969 Wicks opted to go to NEW YORK despite the fact that this included an amicable divorce. In NY through the first and middle-70s, she worked well many engagements as single vocalist and singer-pianist, and in addition in duo having a bass participant, among whose quantity had been Sam Jones, Richard Davis, and Brian Torff. With the help of a drummer, she also created trios; with Jones and Louis Hayes or Mickey Roker, along with Davis and Alan Dawson. She also caused drummer Curtis Boyd. Furthermore to numerous golf club times, Wicks also performed concerts at many universites and colleges in the brand new York region. In the past due 70s, she relocated to Florida, developing a trio and in addition sometimes a quartet. Within the last mentioned structure, the added horn discovered her in business with artists such as for example Billy Butterfield and Turn Phillips. Within the middle-80s, Wicks came back to NY, resuming a circular of golf club and concert engagements, occasionally with bass players Tag Dresser and Torff, and with the second option and Boyd, she re-formed her trio. In the beginning of the following decade, Wicks resolved in Maine where for quite some time she led the home trio in a golf club, an engagement that discovered her backing going to jazzmen such as for example Greg Abate, Larry Coryell, Friend De Franco, Frank Morgan, Cecil Payne, and Clark Terry. She also caused performers Giacomo Gates, Allan Harris, Sheila Jordan, Anita O’Day time, Rebecca Parris and Roseanna Vitro. The middle-90s noticed her go back to Florida where she worked well as soloist, as trio innovator, and as innovator of an organization backing jazzmen such as for example Richie Cole, Turk Mauro, Pete Minger, and Ira Sullivan. In 1998, she wedded drummer-singer Kevin Campfield. Furthermore to carrying out, Wicks also shows jazz piano, both privately and on the faculty at Hand Beach Community University. She actually is also an achieved composer and accompanist for traditional ballet and contemporary dance, specifically dealing with the Ballet Florida.
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