Tribute to Mike Wicks (1945-2014)


Michael Wicks, former principal bassist for the SSO,  loved performing on any stage at any time. Since 1988, he was the studio instructor for double bass at Schenectady County Community College. In addition to his symphonic performances (as a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Utica Symphony and Catskill Symphony Orchestras), he also especially enjoyed performing musical theater productions. He was part of many shows at Proctors and The Capitol Repertory Theater including “Ragtime,” “Annie”, “Peter Pan” and “Wicked” and also performed at many other local theaters.

For many years, Michael was the first call bassist for many jazz artists in the Capital District including Nick Brignola, Peg Delaney, Leo Russo and Lee Shaw as well as fronting his own original jazz quintet. He also played with nationally known jazz artists Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Doc Cheatham, Bill Watrous, Sal Nestico and Zoot Sims. In addition he enjoyed sharing the stage with such mainstream acts as The Platters, Florence Henderson, Rita Moreno, Debbie Reynolds, and Jim Neighbors to name a few.IMG_1916 SMALLER

Come join us for a special celebration of the Man and his Music!
Featuring performances by:
Alone Together: The Mollin-Clay Jazz Duo
The Michael Wicks Tribute Band, featuring Gary Wicks on bass, performing the music of Mike Wicks and more

Special listening party of never before heard recordings of Mike

Jam session to follow so bring your instruments!

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Van Dyck Lounge
237 Union St
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 348-7999
7:00 – 10:00 PM

Doors open for Dinner 6:30 pm

NO COVER – Donations to the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra gratefully accepted. Contributions will go toward establishing a principal bass chair in memory of Michael Wicks at the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra.

For more information call 518-372-2500 or email


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