Jamaal A. Wicks

Jamaal A. Wicks

 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
BandChristianJazz

Jamaal was a soloist with the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra. With this orchestra, under the direction of writer/arranger Jack Cooper, Jamaal was able to play behind jazz artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Mulgrew Miller and Marvin Stamm, as well as travel with Ruby Wilson and Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Biography

Jamaal A. Wicks was born October 17, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee. He took to music very early by learning video game music on the keyboard. He began his official musical pursuit by attending Overton High School of the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. Being challenged very early on, he realized that music would be a life long journey. It was here that he began studying the trumpet by playing classical and jazz genres of music. The sound of jazz took to his ears very easily so he began to immerse himself in it. Gaining more proficiency, he began to play around town and network with different musicians. From jazz, to blues, to gospel, to orchestras, Jamaal was beginning to do it all. Continuing his education at the University of Memphis, Jamaal was a soloist with the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra. With this orchestra, under the direction of writer/arranger Jack Cooper, Jamaal was able to play behind jazz artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Mulgrew Miller and Marvin Stamm, as well as travel with Ruby Wilson and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
As Jamaal began to mature, he felt himself being extended from the world of music into the world of poetry. He began writing and doing spoken word whenever he got the chance, even if he was already playing his trumpet for that gig. Jamaal has always been a follower of Christianity; so much of his project is reflective of it. His debut album, “If You Were Ever Alone”, is a mix of smooth jazz, contemporary Christian themes and poetry that focuses on Jamaal more of as a writer and arranger, although he is playing trumpet and keyboard on several tracks. Also on this project are several musicians he’s met over the years.
Presently, Jamaal is once again attending the University of Memphis, this time pursuing a Masters in Education. He wishes to continue his education and gather the knowledge and musical ability to be an effective educator and performer. He currently performs with 2004 Mid-South Grammy Showcase winner Will Graves and Soul @ Memphis Sounds every Sunday night in Memphis, Tn. Memphis has been very kind to Jamaal, allowing him to perform in numerous venues over the years. Jamaal is very appreciative of this and quotes, “Whatever the future holds, I know that music will have a significant part in it.”

Discography

1st Single "Why You Lookin' So Sad" featuring Will Graves of Will Graves & Soul. From Jamaal Wicks' debut album entitled, "If You Were Ever Alone".