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John Josephus Hicks, Jr. (December 21, 1941, Atlanta, Georgia – May 10, 2006) was an American jazz pianist and composer, active in the New York and the international jazz scene from the mid-1960s. Hicks studied music at Lincoln University in Missouri and Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York in 1963.

He was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1964–1965) and occasionally in the 1970s, worked with Betty Carter (1966–1968, 1975–1980), and was in one of Woody Herman's groups (1968–1970). From the early 1980s until his death he performed solo and led his own groups including The Keystone Trio.

Hicks played and recorded with jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Joe Lovano, David "Fathead" Newman, George Mraz, Arthur Blythe, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz and many others.

The pianist recorded the seventh instalment of the "Live at Maybeck Recital Hall" series of solo concerts, which were recorded for Concord Records.