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As of Saturday, July 31, 139th Street in Harlem will be named after John Hicks, the Atlanta-born pianist who became one of New York’s most sought-after accompanists. He was quite a composer too. The ceremony will take place tomorrow at 1 PM at Frederick Douglas Blvd., and will feature Barry Harris, Stanley Crouch, and members of Hicks’s family.
In honor of the occasion, we’ve dug up this interview with Gary Walker from Februrary 2006, his final appearance on WBGO:
John Hicks was one of my favorite pianists, a true giant. I had the good fortune of both knowing him personally and I also worked on many projects with him. I love John's music. He was an artist you could go out and hear three or more nights in a row and not get bored. I am glad I had the experience to hear him play quite often.