King Solomon Hicks, the 26-year-old phenom from Harlem is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and composer.
The 2022 Jazz & Blues in the Loft series are dedicated to Lee Boswell-May, longtime curator of Jazz in the Loft. Lee will always be affectionately remembered for helping to “keep the music alive” in South Orange.
King Solomon Hicks
King Solomon Hicks, the 26-year-old guitar phenom from Harlem, New York is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and composer. He was invested in music from a very young age and started playing guitar at just six years old. Growing up in Harlem he was constantly surrounded by music. Hicks witnessed performances that made a significant impact on his ambitions as a musician and he says: “When you’re around good musicians, it gives you that spark. “Being around those types of musicians also taught me to NOT be the fastest guitar player. I wanted to be the one who knew the most riffs and drew on a lot of knowledge so I could play anything, and with anyone.
Solomon won the 2021 Blues Music Awards for Best Emerging Artist for his 2020 CD release, Harlem on Provogue Records. The set, produced/recorded by multiple Grammy Award winner Kirk Yano (Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey), showcases Hicks as a writer, player and interpreter.
He was WXPN’s “Artist To Watch” for August 2020. His original song “421 South Main” made the Top 20 Blues songs of 2020 on Spotify and the song “What the Devil Loves” gets daily spins on “Sirrus Bluesville” Radio. Has performed on KISS Kruise V, Joe Bonamassa’s Blues Alive at Sea [ 2017 & 2019]. He’s shared stages with Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr, Beth Hart, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Mavis Staples, Robert Cray and many others. He is a member of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Solomon has Judged the IBC’s in Memphis [International Blues Challenge]” being a supporter of young Musicians and The Blues Foundation.
He paid his own success forward by teaching music for the Children’s Aid Society, working with the Harlem Arts Alliance and the New York City Jazzmobile.
Jazz & Blues in the Loft
Get your groove on at the Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series. Hear world-class artists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft.
Beverages & concessions available for purchase (cash & credit card accepted).
Jazz in the Loft is curated and hosted by John Lee.
Blues in the Loft is curated and hosted by Mike Griot.
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