Jazz Strings: Akua Dixon, Cellist
This concert is the third in the Institute of Jazz Studies series entitled "Jazz Strings." These concerts feature a jazz performer who specializes in playing a stringed instrument. This concert features cellist Akua Dixon. Akua Dixon is a native of New York City. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, she studied cello with Benar Heifetz and composition with Rudolf Schramm. Akua studied bass concepts with Reggie Workman and Jazz Practice Techniques with Jimmy Owens, at the Collective Black Artists Institution of Education. She is the 1998 recipient of "The African American Classical Music Award", given by the Northern New Jersey Spelman Alumnae Association. Among the many noted artists she has performed with a few are: Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, etc. She has been engaged at many Broadway shows, including: Doonesbury, Barnum, Cats, and Dreamgirls. Akua performs nationally and internationally at concert halls and colleges, public schools and libraries; at jazz festivals in Chicago , Hawaii , Berlin , St. Lucia, Tri-Sea, North Sea, Pori, Saalfelden, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and San Diego, etc. Her music for string quartet has been featured on an eight country, 26 concert tour of Europe and Scandinavia.
Photo by James Rich