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KING SOLOMON HICKS

Saturday 11 June

Guitarist Solomon Hicks has been called all kinds of names, such as “King” Solomon by his fans, but also Lil’ B.B. and East Montgomery. It’s all because he seamlessly merges jazz and blues and at such a tender age. Now in his early twenties, Solomon got his first guitar lesson at the tender age of 6. Early on his parents took him to jam sessions in Harlem clubs and at age 13, he started playing the lead guitar at New York’s renowned Cotton Club. Hicks recorded his first album, ‘Embryonic’, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band and released his first solo album, ‘Carrying On The Torch Of The Blues’, in 2015. He has collaborated with many great artists such as B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Gregg Allmann, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. 2020 finally saw the release of his long-awaited second album, aptly entitled ‘Harlem’ as that is where he learned how to play – and so well!