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Willie Pickens

If you ever needed proof that Mr. Steinway knows how to build sturdy pianos...

 

You gotta catch Willie Pickins in action.

 

He played last week at the "Truth Be Told: Celebrating the Legacy of Von Freeman" event in Millenium Park at the Pritzker Pavilion...

 

I've enjoyed watchin' Willie play so hard I could swear the piano couldn't take anymore!

 

He was on fire last week too.

 

I'll never forget the first time I popped Willie... at the Jazz Showcase where he was playing with Solitaire Miles.

 

He gave me this look after I did a closeup... kinda like 'WHAT are you doin' man'... and then I showed him the shot on the back of the camera and I was treated to his big laugh and warm smile for the first time.

 

Willie loved it.

 

Then Willie yelled over to the drummer... Robert Shy and told him that he should let me take his picture... so I got to pop Robert really good too.

 

The man is downright volcanic on that piano!

 

Willie's a great guy... he's got a big laugh, a warm and friendly presence... an infectious smile and man... I have never seen anybody play a piano like Willie Pickens!

 

If you haven't had a chance to catch Willie performing you really should.

 

You'll thank me for turnin' you on to him.

 

You can read more about Willie on his website here: www.williepickensjazz.com/

 

Hey Willie... if you see this could you shoot me an email... that card I gave you after the show's got some info on it that I need... viewminder@yahoo.com

 

Faces on the street

Chicago 7.28.11

35mm 1.8 expo and contrast twinkled a little

  

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Taken on July 28, 2011