Rob Dixon

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Rob Dixon
Born Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Jazz, fusion, jazz-funk, jazz rap
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1996-current
Labels Owl Studios
Associated acts The Headhunters, Mike Clark, Derrick Gardner, Cynthia Layne, Steve Allee
Website www.reverbnation.com/robdixon

Rob Dixon is an American jazz saxophonist.

A native of Atlanta, Dixon went to 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 Staton, the Ellington Band, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Jonah Jones, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Slide Hampton, Ray Charles, the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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 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.[1] In addition to working with these bands, he leads a jazz-funk 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 as bandleader: What Things Could Be (2006) and Reinvention: The Dixon-Rhyne Project (2008).[2] 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, Dixon 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.[3] His composition (with Raeford Gerald) Bump'n from the Middle is on the compilation Act 1 on Southbound, Ace Records (UK).[4]

Dixon also directs the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Youth Jazz Ensemble. .[5]

Discography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dryden, Ken (2007-12-17). "CD/LP Review: Carol of the Bells". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ Kelman, John (2008-06-19). "CD/LP Review: Reinvention". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ http://www.owlstudios.com/artists/rob_dixon.html
  4. ^ "Discogs details of album Act 1". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wind and Jazz Ensembles". Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.