Nationally recognized saxophonist Rob Dixon has worked with a wide variety of artists, from Illinois Jacquet to Ali from “A Tribe Called Quest.” In addition to working as a full-time performer, Mr. Dixon is one of the principal organizers, and also education director, for the Indy Jazz Fest. A graduate of Hampton University, he is also an alumnus of Indiana University. After completing the master’s program in Jazz Studies at IU, Mr. Dixon moved to New York City in 1996, establishing himself as a professional musician working with the Count Basie Band, Rufus Reid, The Ellington Band, composer Bill Lee (Spike Lee ’ s father), Illinois Jacquet, Jonah Jones, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, as well as many others. He returned to Indianapolis in 2002 and started Triology (the first group to be signed by the Owl Studios record label). Recently, one of Mr. Dixon’s original compositions ( Soul Talk ) was featured in the major motion picture Big Stan.
In 2011 Mr. Dixon received a Minority Business & Professional Achievers Recognition Award from the Center for Leadership Development for his outstanding efforts in music education. He will be touring Europe and Australia this year and next with the legendary soul jazz group, The Headhunters . He is very proud to be the director of the ICO Youth Jazz Ensemble.