Date(s) - 05/21/2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center
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“Dan Hicks is still delivering the goods, wrapped in his own unique saddle blanket of gypsy jazz woven with western swing and threads of blues, bacon grease and bebop tying it all together.” — Jambase
“Dan Hicks is fly, sly, wily and dry!” — Tom Waits
A guitar-wielding trickster with an encyclopedic command of a dozen intersecting pre-World War II musical styles, Dan Hicks has been a Bay Area institution since the mid-1960s when he took over the drum chair in the seminal psychedelic band The Charlatans. By the time he stepped out on his own as the vocalist, guitarist and leader of the Hot Licks, he had expanded his stylistic palette, blending strains of jazz, country blues, Gypsy swing and bluegrass into a highly personal “Hicksian” sound. Who better to organize our tribute to the irrepressible Fats Waller than this inimitable San Francisco-based singer and songwriter famous for his sardonic wit and sterling musicianship? Hicks, whose hit records with his band the Hot Licks include such original off-center classics as “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?,” “Where’s the Money?” and “I Scare Myself,” will perform Waller’s exuberantly swinging and sly, double-entendre-filled songs on the occasion of the Harlem stride piano master’s 110th birthday. He’ll be joined by piano players and other instrumentalists who will summon the gleeful sound and spirit of Waller’s solo and small-group recordings, playing classic Fats numbers like “Jitterbug Waltz,” “Honeysuckle Rose” (a staple of Hicks’ repertoire), “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” and “Your Feets Too Big.”
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