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Willie Pickens: The lion in winter
Anyone who was there will never forget the moment: Willie Pickens, alone on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, making the piano roar in a solo version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." Pickens' energy, virtuosity and musicality drew cheers from thousands and gave the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival one of its greatest highlights.
December 25, 2013