April 1 -A Virtual Jazz/Blues Guitar Workshop With King Solomon Hicks
Les Paul Legacy Series Presents
A Virtual Jazz/Blues Guitar Workshop With King Solomon Hicks
Thursday, April 1
7:30pm – 9:30pm
The Mahwah Museum, as part of its Les Paul Legacy Series, was excited to present a virtual jazz/blues guitar workshop with guitar virtuoso King Solomon Hicks.
- Breaking out of the pentatonic scale box
- Rhythm guitar licks and tricks
- When to use the harmonic minor scale
Solomon devoted approximately 30 minutes on each of the following songs:
- Stormy Monday (Allman Brothers)
- Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
- Hideaway (Freddie King)
- On Broadway (George Benson)
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About King Solomon Hicks:
King Solomon Hicks grew up in Harlem “around a lot of great musicians.” He has been steeped in music for as long as he can remember. Harlem, he says, “is not like New Orleans, where music is 24 hours a day — but it’s close.” His father and mother played music at home constantly. His mother also took him, as a youth, to local nightspots such as the Lennox Lounge, Saint Nick’s and the Cotton Club, where Hicks witnessed performances that made a significant impact on his outlet and ambitions.
The self-described “kid in school that had a guitar on his back, interrupting all the classes,” Hicks was on stage at the Cotton Club when he was 13, and during high school as part of a 15-piece band playing there three nights a week. “The owner saw I was serious and genuinely loved the music,” Hicks recalls. He also learned a great deal from playing rhythm guitar at first, gradually developing his lead and soloing skills at gigs as well as at private parties and open jams — the latter of which provided a kind of master class for the developing artists.
Solomon has performed in venues such as the Iridium, the Red Rooster, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, Terra Blues and more. After high school Hicks began playing in Europe, opening for Jeff Beck and Ringo Starr, playing festivals in Spain and France, as well as at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, and being booked on KISS Kruise V as well as Joe Bonamassa’s Blues Alive at Sea Cruise. He’s shared stages with the likes of Tony Bennett, Beth Hart, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Mavis Staples, Paul Shaffer and others. Solomon has performed locally several times at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ.
Solomon is a member of the Blues Foundation in Memphis along with being a supporter of young Blues Musicians and The Blues Foundation. He paid his own success forward by teaching music for the Children’s Aid Society and working with the Harlem Arts Alliance and the New York City Jazzmobile.
Funded by The Les Paul Foundation