Dan Hicks Coming to Armando's This Sunday
Bay Area musical legend is bringing his jazz band and singing standards from the Great American Song Book.
By Georgia Rowe
January 25, 2011
Dan Hicks has come a long way. The acclaimed Bay Area singer-songwriter, a veteran of the folk music heyday of the 1950s and psychedelic era of the 1960s, is currently putting his distinctive stamp on American jazz standards.
Not that Hicks, who makes his first appearance at Armando’s Sunday afternoon, has given up writing songs, or fronting his longtime band, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. He’s still doing that, as well as recording, performing and touring with others: when he called last week from his home in Marin County , he had just returned from a four-island tour of Hawaii with Maria Muldaur.
But Hicks says he’s drawn to standards: great American songs like “Pennies from Heaven” and “Stella by Starlight” – and having a great time playing them with the group he calls Bayside Jazz.
“I’ve always liked these songs – all that good writing and melodies and everything,” Hicks explained. “I started doing them about twenty years ago – singing standards off and on, with my guitar, throwing them into my act. I finally got a little combo together in the late 80s and got some friends, tried it out, and it was cool.”