Rob Dixon

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Rob Dixon
Born Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Jazz, fusion, jazz-funk, jazz rap
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, saxophonist, artist
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, Alto saxophone
Years active 1996-current
Associated acts The Headhunters, Mike Clark, Derrick Gardner, Cynthia Layne, Steve Allee

Rob Dixon is an American jazz saxophonist.

A native of Atlanta, Dixon went to school at Indiana University where he came under the influence of the renowned jazz educator David Baker. After moving to New York in 1996, he began gigging around town with other up-and-coming musicians like drummer Ari Hoenig, organist Greg Lewis and pianist Rick Germanson, as well as well-known artists such as the Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Dakota Stanton, the Ellington Band, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Jonah Hones, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Slide Hampton, Ray Charles, the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Smithsonian Master Works Jazz Orchestra.[1]

He subsequently worked in Illinois Jacquet’s big band for four years before following tenor saxophonist Mark Turner in Tana Reid, a straight ahead quartet co-led by drummer Akira Tana and renowned bassist Rufus Reid.

After several years away, Dixon returned to Indianapolis in 2003, where he worked with a number of organizations, such as the Cleveland Heritage Jazz Orchestra and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.[2] In addition to working with these bands, he leads a funk jazz group called Triology +1 and an organ quartet with veteran organ player Melvin Rhyne.

Dixon is signed with Owl Studios, an Indianapolis-based jazz label. He has released two albums on the label with himself as bandleader: What Things Could Be in 2006 and Reinvention: The Dixon-Rhyne Project in 2008.[3] On the latter album, Dixon collaborates with legendary jazz organist Melvin Rhyne, known for playing with T-Bone Walker and Wes Montgomery, among others.

In addition, Rob is often featured as a sideman with other Owl Studios recording artists, including Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Cynthia Layne, Steve Allee, Mike Clark, and The Headhunters. He can frequently be heard around Indianapolis at The Jazz Kitchen and the Chatterbox jazz clubs.[4] His composition (with Raeford Gerald) Bump 'N From The Middle is on the compilation Act 1 on Southbound, Ace Records (UK) .[5]

Rob also directs the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Youth Jazz Ensemble. .[6]


Year Artist Title Label
2006 Rob Dixon & Trioloy +1 What Things Could Be Owl Studios
2007 Cynthia Layne Beautiful Soul Owl Studios
2008 Derrick Gardner and The Jazz Prophets A Ride to the Other Side... Owl Studios
2008 The Dixon-Rhyne Project Reinvention: The Dixon-Rhyne Project Owl Studios
2008 Buselli–Wallarab Jazz Orchestra Where or When Owl Studios
2009 Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets Echoes of Ethnicity Owl Studios
2009 Mark Buselli An Old Soul Owl Studios
2010 Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra Mezzanine Owl Studios
2010 Mike Clark Carnival of Soul Owl Studios
2011 The Headhunters Platinum Owl Studios


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  2. ^ Dryden, Ken (2007-12-17). "CD/LP Review: Carol of the Bells". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ Kelman, John (2008-06-19). "CD/LP Review: Reinvention". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
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  5. ^ "Discogs details of album Act 1". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
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