Andrew Dixon - Renegade

Oakland, CA

Andrew Dixon is making his mark. An accomplished woodwind performer, composer, and educator, Andrew is not one of those musicians who settles for just playing music on the side. Indeed, Andrew Dixon spends all of his time either in the studio, writing and rehearsing new songs, teaching to his vast array of students or on the road performing across the US. He plays at least nine different instruments, including every saxophone, clarinets, and flutes. Andrew has released three CDs of original music, infused with his jazz roots, but ranging far beyond. Influenced from growing up in Chicago, to his travels around the world, he has created a sound that is fresh, unique and sets him apart from the typical jazz fare. His latest album, Renegade, has an Avant Garde Jazz feel, infused with the flavors of John Coltrane and King Crimson. Andrew wrote and composed all the songs, which feature a fresh new sound and inspires through its expansive blend of saxophone solos, keyboard riffs, plus drum and bass. This, plus his other releases "East Oakland Run Down," and last year’s "RAGE" can be found on his label, Epistemology Records. Currently in the studio finishing production on his fourth album, Andrew was accepted as one of only three students in the world by Jazz Master Dave Liebman, who himself worked with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. Yet he is no stranger to these kinds of honors, having gained a full music scholarship to the University of Illinois, and also garnered awards from the Berklee School of Music. As early as four years old, Andrew was playing music, first piano, then moving on to saxophone at age 10. By the age of 13 he played his first professional gig, then at 18 started teaching. He has lived and been influenced in his music in Europe and Asia, and visited over 100 countries. Andrew Dixon has also toured many cities throughout the world such as Paris, Manila, Singapore, Tokyo, London, L.A., New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Jakarta, Seoul, Oslo, Montreal, Barcelona, and Toronto. Andrew’s busy schedule has included performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival; Chicago Jazz Festival; Montreal Jazz Festival; Tokyo Jazz Festival; Java Jazz Festival; Phillippine Jazz Festival; Mosaic Music Festival; Yoshis, Treefort Festival; Jazz Showcase; Green Mill; Lincoln Center; SFJAZZ; Kuumbwa Arts Center; Blue Whale; Velvet Lounge; and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. His current band, the Andrew Dixon Quartet, is composed of the same musicians who have played in each other’s groups for over 7 years. Andrew’s friends call him Rage... so he gave his first album (and his website) the same name. It's Rock and real and filled with unique music.
Andrew Dixon - Renegade