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Bryan Hicks

About Bryan
Bryan Hicks was introduced to music in high school, where he played cello, bass, and sang. After only one year of college as a cello major, he became a full time professional at the age of twenty. He started his career with the Inner-City Orchestra, an 18-piece big band that originally hired him as a guitarist. Later, he switched to bass, and he stayed with the Inner-City Orchestra for 1˝ years. It was during this time that he started playing clubs and events with well-established players: "Fats" Dennis, Roy Searcy, Ed Pharr, Oliver Todd, Rich Hill, Ben Kynard, John Lyman, Dean Stringer, Orville "Piggy" Minor, and others.

For three years, Bryan played with Rich Hill and the Riffs, featuring Ida McBeth. It was during this time that he became a founding member of the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band. He also worked with the likes of Mose Allison, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Charlie Mussellwhite.

Bryan also played and sang with Jazzmania, the house band at the famed Milton's Taproom jazz club. He played concerts with Jim Snidero, Dave Glenn, "Slide" Hampton, and was a member of the Tommy Ruskin Trio, among others. He also played and sang with Karrin Allyson for two recordings.

He played in a popular trio with Rod Fleeman and Randy Weinstein at the Boulevard Café Sunday brunch for three years. He helped co-found Malachy Papers, an avante garde jazz-rock ensemble, and he toured France twice with this band. In New York City, Bryan played with Benny Waters, "Red" Richards, Stan Hope, Joe Farnsworth, "Doc" Cheatum, and Teri Thornton.

For a year, Bryan lived in Paris and performed with Steve MacCraven, Tom McClung, Rasul Sidik, Achille Gajo, Check Tidian Fall, African group "Benkadi," and many others. And now, for the past year and a half, he has been with the David Basse Band, playing with such luminaries as Bill Goodwyn, Mike Melvoin, Bobby Watson, Ahmed Aaladean.

He is currently free-lancing with many people and fronting his own combo with Rod Fleeman.


Musicians
Following is a list of the musicians Bryan's played with over the years:

NameInstrumentCity
Claude "Fiddler" WilliamsViolinKansas City
Jay McShannPianoKansas City
Bennie WatersSaxophoneNew York City
Teri ThorntonVocalist, pianoNew York City
"Red" RichardsPianoNew York City
Karryn AllysonVocalistKansas City
Kevin MahoganyChanteur
Angela HagenbachVocalistKansas City
Ida McBethVocalistKansas City
Frank SmithPiano, chanteurKansas City
Timmy WitherspoonChanteurKansas City
Charlie MusselwhiteHarmonica, chanteurKansas City
Eddie "Cleanhead" VinsonSaxophone, chanteurKansas City
"Queen" BeyVocalistKansas City
Jim SnideroSaxophoneKansas City, New York City
Steven MillionPianoKansas City, Chicago
Doc CheatumTrumpet, chanteurNew York City
Richard RossDrums, chanteurKansas City
Bram WynandsPianoKansas City
Joe ThomasSaxophone, VoxKansas City
Oscar "Fats" DennisSaxophoneKansas City
Ben KynardSaxophoneKansas City
L. C. "Speedy" HugginsDrums, VoxKansas City
"Coots" DyePianoKansas City
Orville "Piggy" MinorTrumpetKansas City
Priscella BowmanVoxKansas City
Chick WillisGuitar, VoxKansas City
Ernest WilliamsDrums, VoxKansas City
"Baby" LovettDrumsKansas City
Roy SearcyPiano, vocalsKansas City
Arthur JacksonSaxophoneKansas City
Kim ParkSaxophoneKansas City
Slide HamptonTromboneKansas City
Frank TiberiSaxophoneKansas City
Ted PeltzekerVibesKansas City
Carmell JonesTrumpetKansas City
Mike MethenyTrumpetKansas City
Gary SivilsTrumpetKansas City
Paul SmithPianoKansas City
Tommy RuskinDrumsKansas City
Sonny KennerGuitar, VoxKansas City
Rich HillPiano, vocalsKansas City
Russ LongPiano, vocalsKansas City
Bob BowmanBassKansas City
Rod FleemanGuitarKansas City
Danny EmbreyGuitarKansas City
Steve CardenezGuitarKansas City
Milt AbelBassKansas City
Stephen McCravenDrumsParis, France
Tom McLungPianoParis, France
Rasul SidikTrumpetParis, France
Bobby WatsonSaxophoneKansas City
Bill GoodwynDrumsKansas City
Roseanna VitroVoiceKansas City
David BasseVoice, drumsKansas City
Mike MelvoinPianoColorado
Greg RichterPianoKansas City
Mike NingPianoKansas City
Leon BradyDrumsKansas City
Jack LightfootTrumpetKansas City
Mose AllisonPiano, voiceLawrence
Achille GajoPianoParis, France
 


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