the charlie hickox Story

Charlie Hickox is a piano player and singer from Cleveland, Ohio.

Currently living in Fairfax, California.

He plays and sings alot of New Orleans music, rhythm and blues, and traditional standards.
Some classic soul and country, too. pounds out the great standards of yesteryear, as well.

Wrote a couple of tunes, Second Hand Information and Cruising(In My Automobile) which were recorded by the great Marty Balin. in the 1970’s. here’s the Jefferson Starship’s Cruisin:

The California Honeydrops recorded Charlie’s A Higher Degree(of Sophistication) in 2019. he wrote it in 1969. check it out here:

Jan 16, 2021. a quick update. since May of 2020, we play every Saturday at 1pm. on Facebook Live. click here for our FB Live sessions: http://www.facebook/hickoxpiano/live. our active and older sessions can be found here as well.

Here’s some kind of biography. old. from Dec 2019.

Charlie Hickox is a piano player and singer from Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to the Western Addition in San Francisco in 1970.
In the early 1970’s he played the legendary Minnie’s Can-Do Club on Fillmore and Bush St. in S.F., working with Crazy Mike and the Bad All-Stars.

He moved on to play with the street Gospel group, Gideon and Power.
Gideon recorded on Bell Records, releasing an album, Live at Keystone Korner. They toured with the Supremes, too. Record was produced by famous New Orleans musicians, Harold Battiste and Melvin Lastie.

Played for many years, 1972-1990’s with the talented songwriter-guitarist, John Shine. Learned a lot playing with John and Bing Nathan in the Moons throughout the 1970’s. This band owned the East Bay reefer circuit during that time: The Ordinary, Freight and Salvage, New Orleans Room, even the collegiate ‘Steak and Lobster’ spots, The Refectory, Front Room, Rusty this, Broken that. Became a killer wedding and private party band, as well. All great gigs with amazing musicians.

In 1972 Charlie joined the late Marty Balin(Jefferson Airplane founder and lead singer) in Bodacious, a raucous experiment of Marty’s, recording an album on RCA records.
Marty later recorded Charlie’s song Cruising, with the Jefferson Starship, on the album, Spitfire.

Since 1975 Charlie has played the local club scene with many great Bay Area bands.
He has also donned coat and tie to play many private parties where he has honed his hillbilly jazz, playing the great standards and trad tunes pounded out in a honky-tonk 2-beat.

Some of  the bands with whom he has played: The Naughts(Cleveland 1964-66),The Restless Ones(Yale College, 1966-67), John Shine and the Moons(1972 – pending comeback), Chicago Blues Power, The San Francisco Medicine Ball Band, Fess Up, Jeff Sanford Trio at Nick’s in Pacifica, 9th Ward Millionaires(Snakebite Jacobs), Tim Eshliman(various groups), The California Honeydrops, gumbowest, Mal Sharpe and Big Money), The Energy Crisis(Berkeley – 1970’s).

He loves playing songs by the New Orleans Rhythm and Blues greats. Songs by artists such as Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Fats Domino, and Professor Longhair. Always sneaking in some of his faves by Ray Charles. Maybe a little Floyd Cramer, too. Loves him some Danny Barker and Rod Bernard, Belton Richard, and Cookie and The Cupcakes.

You do not want him to play classical music or show tunes.

These days, Charlie is playing gigs with his friends around the bay. Performing with the likes of David Sturdevant(and his Medicine Ball Band), Tim Eshliman, Ken ‘Snakebite’ Jacobs(9th Ward Millionaires), gumbowest(Richard Mayers, Bob Scott, and Denny Geyer).

He’s also playing, occasionally, with those amazing Fairfax, CA musicians, Jon Korty, Danny Uzilevsky, and their people. he is also lucky to play here and there with Jon Korty’s Uptown Rulers(New Orleans style band).

Oh yeah, Charlie is in the band at The Caffé Trieste, in North Beach, San Francisco, on the last Saturday of every month. With David Sturdevant and The North Beach Band. Italian songs, guest singers, accordions, all that good stuff. Last Saturdays of the month, 1pm-4pm.

He also plays at The Taste of Rome in Sausalito. First Saturday of the month. 6pm-9:30pm. With David Sturdevant’s Medicine Ball Trio plus one. Featuring John Hunt on Trombone.

And, as always, playing some solo piano, the standards, here and there.

Still doing it.

Joe Bob says, check it out.

Fairfax, CA – December 2019


15 thoughts on “the charlie hickox Story

  1. Hey Charlie,

    Great meeting you tonight on Zoom and hearing your music. Wonderful!



  2. Loved reading this Charlie – you are one of a kind and its a pleasure to know and play with you – fairfax royalty? that’s you my man – c u soon !

  3. Hi Charlie,
    Just came across your bio and am happy to see you kept up with your music. Pretty impressive stuff. I can still remember you boogie woogying on your piano when I’d stay over at your place in Pepper Pike. I have good memories of the early years at Hawken, one of which is playing football in fifth and sixth grade. You were a great QB, but there was never enough blocking, as I recall!
    I’ve had a rewarding life as well, having moved a couple years ago to a college town in northwestern Oregon. We have a place in the forest and would live to see you if you ever get up this way.
    Best wishes to you my old friend,

    • wow. you made my day. so many great memories. your parents and and brothers and sisters. speaking french at the dinner table.

      you taught me the boogie woogie bass piano part on your porch piano, i recall.
      your dad was a great teacher. a gentleman, as in gentle man.
      my oldest son: born on Bastille Day at French Hospital(SF),
      Masters in French Philology from Columbia, and married to a French scholar. 4 French kids, as well. i credit your dad.

      John, please stay in touch. you can email me at charlie at charliehickox dot communist.
      or phone me 415dash870dash9191(please excuse my internet phobia).
      re: my football career, I always say, once you’re over 90lbs, you shouldn’t be allowed to play football.

      I’d love to hear more about what you’re up to, what you’ve been doing all these years.
      Oregon woods, sounds good.
      I played the Oregon Country Fair with The California Honeydrops(no, I did not strip for the ‘naked sauna’). Portland and other towns, too. I love it up there.

      please give my best to your family,
      charlie h

  4. Hey! Hobart here. Great show yesterday. I am a fan of big music like David Bromberg and Boz Scaggs and Tower of Power. Pretty cool all the horns and percussion. A great taste of vintage Fairfax vibes. Thanks!

  5. Charlie,

    Hi from Bali. Hope you’re well. Just been listenin’ to the Honey Drops. Bringin’ back memories of Minnie’s. Drop a line if you have a moment. Don’t know when or if getting back to the Bay Area.

    Peter Waddell

    Ps Do hope you remember me.

    • of course I remember you, Peter.
      great to hear from you.
      I’ll hit you back later.
      still in touch with Minnie and family.
      I hope you are doing great!

  6. hello Charlie,
    paul sanford here; jeff’s brother from nyc. somehow came upon this site and remembered you from back in the day. i believe we even helped move you to fairfax. always love catching your gigs back in the 80’s. with the sad passing of the Fat Man looks like it’s down to you. hope you, Cosimo and family are happy and laughing and well. love to see you sometime before i’m too old and too deaf.
    all the best old friend,

  7. Hey., my name is Charles ‘Chas’ Hickox

    I play guitar bass n drums.., just found u on a doodle search.., pretty cool..

    • yeah. too cool. I’m sure you’re better looking.
      where you be?
      there are a bunch of us Charles Hickoxes out there. all above average.
      was another one in my college class, even.

  8. Charlie reunites with the Centennial All-Star Band for a performance in Gates Mills, OH on 10/8/16…don’t miss it!!

  9. HI Charlie. I enjoyed playing with you, all those years with John Shine and the Moons. I hope to play with you again sometime soon!

  10. Hi Charlie,

    It’s Kim from Lincoln Movers (blah, blah, storage, Cazadero, blah, blah) Your bio is exciting! BTW my daughter Katie played trombone with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra when they performed with the Jefferson Starship a couple years ago. I need to listen to your song, Cruising. Small World!

say hi. or leave a comment. thanks, Charlie

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