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Mikey Jr.

Mikey Junior burst onto the blues scene less than a dozen years ago and since that time has amassed an impressive catalog of music and praise from both music fans and industry insiders. A Philadelphia favorite, he runs the weekly live blues jam at the Twisted Tail on Sunday nights.

Kick off your weekend right and come enjoy Mikey's energy Friday Night!

King Solomon Hicks

“King” Solomon Hicks is a 22-year-old guitarist/vocalist from the Upper West Side of New York City aka Harlem, NY.

At the age of 13 Solomon started playing with the Cotton Club 17-piece band as Lead Guitarist and still continues to perform there.

Along with being called “Lil’ B.B.” he played the KISS Kruise V, 2017 Joe Bonamassa Blues Cruise, Spain [FESTIVAL DE BLUES DE BÉJAR-Blues CAZORLA-San Javier], Jazz Marciac in France, and the Tokyo Cotton Club.

He has been featured in The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, November 2016 front cover of Blues Blast magazine, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, New Jersey Jazz Society News, and the PBS TV series American Music.

Solomon has performed with Tony Bennett, The Destroyers (George Thorogood), Neal Evans (Soulive), Jimmy Vivino (Bandleader for Conan O’Brien), Sam Moore, Marcus King, Stax Songwriter William Bell, John Nemeth, Blind Boy Paxton, Roger Earl (Foghat), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Davey Knowles, Ne-Yo, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour.

He performs regularly in NYC at The Iridium, BB Kings, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar, The Red Rooster, Terra Blues, Minton’s Playhouse and Ginny’s.

Solomon has taught music at the Children’s Aid Society , is a Harlem Arts Alliance member, supporter of the NYC Jazzmobile and a member of The Blues Foundation in Memphis.

Najwa Parkins

Najwa Parkins is a Philadelphia-based vocalist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator.  Helping aspiring jazz vocalists to develop strong musicianship, vocal technique, creativity, and confidence is a passion of hers, and she learns a great deal about herself as a performer and educator from teaching.  

 

Najwa graduated from Temple University with a B.M. in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance.  As a trombonist and vocalist for the Temple University Big Band, under the direction of Terell Stafford, Najwa performed at various prestigious venues and festivals.  After graduating from Temple, Najwa released her self-produced debut album, Not the Next Someone Else in 2011. She has shared the stage with a wide array of artists including Benny Golson, Larry McKenna, Bob Dorough, Nellie McKay, Donn T, Houston Person, Nicholas Payton, Phil Woods, and Branford Marsalis.  Performing as both a vocalist and trombonist, Najwa has been a member of Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra.  She is also the featured vocalist on the 2013 release, New Celebration, with that group. Najwa currently leads her own groups in Philadelphia. In 2013, she became the new vocalist for Hot Bijouxx, which performs an “energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova.”  In the winter of 2016, she toured nationally, portraying Rosa Parks in the Mad River Theater Works production of Walk On: The Rosa Parks Story.  Najwa graduated from New York University with a M.S. in Professional Writing in May 2016.  

 

She returned to Temple University in the fall of 2016, this time, as an adjunct faculty member in the vocal jazz department.  In the fall of 2017, Najwa also became the vocal jazz instructor at Moravian College. She is currently recording an album comprised entirely of her original music and lyrics, In 2017, she recorded as the featured vocalist with the South Philadelphia Big Band for their Christmas album. As an artist and performer, Najwa believes in the importance of connecting with the audience by telling stories through music.  She draws on life experiences in writing her own music and lyrics,as well as in her interpretation of the music and lyrics of others.