Jamie Hicks - Origin Story

Jamie talks about his first jazz album, Origin Story.

Jamie Hicks - Origin Story

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Jamie Hicks talks about his first jazz album, Origin Story. He released it from North Vancouver on March 25, 2022.

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We talked about

  • Going to Jazz Alley in Seattle and meeting Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip, in December 2021
  • Brian Culbertson's influence on Jamie's composing and piano playing; Jamie listened to Brian's music all the way through his studies at Capilano University, to get unstuck from learning only bebop music (similar to something Steve Kaldestad said about being stuck in the 1950s)
  • The "SJ" phrase: smooth jazz. Jamie refuses the label and says he doesn't like it, accusing radio stations of inventing it at cross-purposes to artists. Find out what Jamie prefers to call his music, despite the fact that he identifies with some extent to Kenny G
  • What makes Bob Reynolds great
  • Jamie's trip to Bob's retreat/workshop and how he got called out there in an important learning experience
  • The Mario Kart Lick, where it shows up on Jamie's album (twice?!), and how Jamie got inspiration from a student to play it
  • Covering the menu theme from Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Following Jonny Tobin on a synth solo

Longtime collaborators: Jamie Hicks

  • Nick Varelas on guitar, who co-wrote a tune on the album and has played gigs with Jamie for a few years; his playing features throughout the album
  • Jonny Tobin, who played with Jamie and I in Capilano University ensembles several years ago; he features on one track of this album