Walt Dickerson

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Walt Dickerson
Birth nameWalter Roland Dickerson
Born(1928-04-16)April 16, 1928
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedMay 15, 2008(2008-05-15) (aged 80)
Associated acts

Walter Roland Dickerson (April 16, 1928 – May 15, 2008) was an American jazz vibraphone player, most associated with the post-bop idiom.[1]


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Walt Dickerson graduated from Morgan State University in 1953 and after two years in the Army he settled in California.[1] There he started to gain attention by leading a group with Andrew Hill and Andrew Cyrille, but it was Dickerson's later period in New York City when he gained some further notice. For the Prestige label he recorded four albums. In 1962 Down Beat named him the best new artist.

From 1965 to 1975 he took a break from jazz, but later he worked again with Andrew Hill and Sun Ra. After 1975 Dickerson recorded several albums for the Danish Steeplechase label.

He died in May 2008 from a cardiac arrest.[2]


As leader[edit]

Year Recorded Album Personnel Label Notes
1961 This Is Walt Dickerson! Austin Crowe (piano), Bob Lewis (bass), Andrew Cyrille (drums) New Jazz
1961 A Sense of Direction Austin Crowe (p), Eustis Guillemet, Jr. (b), Edgar Bateman (d) New Jazz
1962 Relativity Austin Crowe (p), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) New Jazz
1962 To My Queen Andrew Hill (p), George Tucker (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) New Jazz
1963 Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia Austin Crowe (p), Henry Grimes / Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) Dauntless
1964 Walt Dickerson Plays Unity Walter Davis, Jr. (p), George Tucker (b), Edgar Bateman, Andrew Cyrille (d) Audio Fidelity
1966 Impressions of a Patch of Blue Sun Ra (p,h,c), Bob Cunningham (b), Roger Blank (d) MGM
1968 Vibes in Motion Audio Fidelity
1975 Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things Wilbur Ware (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) Whynot
1975 Peace Lisle Atkinson (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) SteepleChase
1976 Walt Dickerson 1976 Wilbur Ware (b), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb), Edgar Bateman (d) Whynot
1976 Serendipity Jamaaladeen Tacuma (eb), Edgar Bateman (d) SteepleChase
1977 Divine Gemini Richard Davis (b) SteepleChase
1977 Tenderness Richard Davis (b) SteepleChase
1977 Shades of Love Solo SteepleChase
1978 To My Queen Revisited Albert Dailey (p), Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson (d) SteepleChase
1979 Visions Sun Ra (p) SteepleChase
1979 Landscape with Open Door Pierre Dørge (g, per) SteepleChase
1981 I Hear You John Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson (d) SteepleChase
1981 To My Son Andy McKee (b), Jimmy Johnson (d) SteepleChase
1982 Life Rays Sirone (b), Andrew Cyrille (d) Soul Note
1985 Tenderness Richard Davis (b) SteepleChase

As arranger[edit]

With Elmo Hope


  1. ^ a b Allmusic biography
  2. ^ David Johnson. "Vibes for Walt: Walt Dickerson, R.I.P." Indiana Public Media. Retrieved May 18, 2008.

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