Born: February 8, 1969
Andrew Dickeson was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1969. He grew up in a musical family and studied a number of instruments before taking up the drums at age ten. He was working professionally from age 13 in both classical and jazz settings. He moved to Sydney in 1987 and studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. He quickly became one of the first- call drummers on the Sydney scene. In 1991 he went to New York and commenced his studies with Jazz masters Art Taylor and Vernel Fournier. He performed with a variety of musicians during his time in New York City. In 1992 he was the only non-American finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Drums Competition - judged by Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, Alan Dawson, Ed Shaughnessy, Jeff Tain Watts and Dave Weckl...
AwardsFinalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Drums Competition, 1992.
Here is a drummer who knows how to make rhythm stand up and exult. The patterns he creates are bright and brisk with the traps and the cymbals singing in consonance. Dickeson weaves his dreams with flair and imagination turning this first record into a delight and the beacon for more - Jerry D'Sousa, All About Jazz
The spirit, the emotion and the swing of Andrew Dickeson - that is what I enjoy playing with - Kirk Lightsey
Dickeson, like his mentors and heroes, ensures that his music comes from the heart and is ALWAYS swinging hard! - George Coleman Jr
Weaver of DreamsRufus Records
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New South Wales, 2131
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Lecturer in Jazz Drums, Ensemble Director, and Jazz lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music/University of Sydney. Contact via www.andrewdickeson.com for lesson details.
Jazz Drumming history, understanding, techniques and application.