Andrew Dickeson

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Born: February 8, 1969    Primary Instrument: Drums

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...
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Finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Drums Competition, 1992.
The buzz around drummer/educator/arranger Andrew Dickeson and his latest quintet release is all good because it swings like a beast! Live recordings are sometimes a gamble. Live recordings that are predominately standards played by the wrong musicians can be the equivalent of tap dancing in a musical minefield. Dickeson pull off a sublime smoker with chops and with sensitivity as the tunes call for it.- Brent Black, Digitaljazznews

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

Roo Art - Australian jazz Sampler The Blue Martinis - The Blue Martinis Clarion Fracture Zone - Blue Shift - Winner ARIA award Best Jazz Album Now's the Time - Now's the Time Dickeson, Hunt, Mears, Morphett, Undy - Free Spirits Bobby Gebert Trio - The Sculptor Bobby Gebert Trio - Australia 2000 Suite Casey Green - Urban Habits Monica and the Moochers - Too Darn Hot Mike Nock Quartet - Dark and Curious Andrew Speight - Quartet - Winner ARIA award Best Jazz Album The Umbrellas - Soundtrack to the Passing Parade George Washingmachine, Ian Date - The Dee Why Sessions Blaine Whittaker - Hard Bop Café Monica Trapaga - Girl Talk Ashley Turner - Beautiful Open Spaces JC and The Jazzhoppers - @ Home Laura Rankine - Impermanence Gregory Arthur - Here With Me Rebekka Neville - A Slice of Jazz Sandie White - Taking Risks Blues Point Jazz Vocal Group - Together Christina Williams - Don't Tell Them It's Jazz Helen Fenton - The Simple Life Dan Barnett - Point of Departure Clarke, Dickeson, Harkins - Stay Right With It George Washingmachine - The Twang Dynasty John Harkins - John Harkins Monica Trapaga - Sugar Allan Youngblood (USA) - Midnight Odyssey Catherine Hunter - Dream Maker Barnett 5 - Little Green Men Darren Heinrich - The Jimmy Smith/Larry Young Project Live Allen Youngblood (USA) - Jazbalaya - Island Reflections Sally Street - One Bite At The Cherry Darren Heinrich Trio - New Vintage tunes for the Hammond Organ Lisa Michelle - Shaken and Stirred John Harkins (featuring Wycliffe Gordon) - The Jazz Type Jason Campbell - Live and Unveiled Pat Caplice - Strings with Vibrations DanBarnett - One for "C" Gregg Arthur Quartet - Lounge Jazz Emma Pask - Some Other Spring Dan Barnett Big Band - Somewhere Someplace Sometime The Airbenders - The Airbenders Andrew Dickeson Quintet - Weaver Of Dreams Gregg Arthur - Love Story Also, a large amount of session, TV and jingle work. Currently involved with several on-going recording projects

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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 for lesson details.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Jazz Drumming history, understanding, techniques and application.

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