RIP: Michael Wicks, 1945-2014
We are deeply saddened to report that Michael Wicks – one of the Capital Region’s most ubiquitous and versatile bassists – passed away on Monday (December 15) after a lengthy illness. He was 69 years old.
A Scotia native, Wicks was born on Valentine’s Day, 1945, and his love of music certainly wasn’t restricted to any one genre.
He was a principal bassist with numerous Local 518 symphony orchestras, over the years playing classical music with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony, the Utica Symphony and the Catskill Symphony.
He was also well versed in musical theater and could often be heard anchoring the band for musical productions at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors in Schenectady.
But Wicks may be best remembered as a jazzman, having played with numerous internationally acclaimed jazz giants – including Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Doc Cheatham, Bill Watrous, Zoot Sims and Nick Brignola – as well as local favorites such as Peg Delaney, Leo Russo and Lee Shaw.
He was a member of the Albany Musicians Union and vice president of the Musician’s Union of Schenectady, as well as an educator, teaching music at the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, as well as Schenectady County Community College.
Memorial contributions in Michael Wicks’ name may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, Colorado 80502.
Michael Wicks’ obituary