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Victor Dey Jr.

Victor Dey Jr - named after his father - is a Ghanaian Jazz pianist, composer, producer, arranger and … teacher. Together with his partner in crime, saxophone player Bernard Ayisa, he is the driving force behind the growing Jazz scene in Ghana’s capital Accra with new talents emerging under their inspirational guidance.

Dey started nurturing his talent from a very early age onwards, as his father insisted he learned music keeping him away from distractions as TV and Games. Music has always ruled his life, for as long as he can remember. Dey has become somewhat of a celebrity in Ghana and even outside. CNN featured him in an African Voices episode, CGTN has aired an interview with him introducing his album “Makola” and in 2014 he was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year at the Vodafone Music Awards.

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“With Ghanaian music always a foundation of his artistry, this vibrant soul treats piano keys like cotton, with energy, ease, and an uncanny transparency. (…)

Whatever one was looking for, or not, this gifted pianist stunned his fellow artists, like pianist Afrika Mkize, whose fits of bowing and ululations later over drinks in the Hall’s cozy outdoor (and heated) bar foyer drew obvious attention.”

(Carol Martin, http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2018/08/12/ghanaian-modern-jazz-meets-traditional-highlife-just-barely/)

Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Victor Dey Jr has taught and keeps on teaching many musicians who want to hone their skills as Jazz musician and instrumentalists. Some of the musicians he taught: Elikplim Amewode, Daniel Tettey Black, Frank Kissi, Bright Osei, Peter Somuah, Napoleon Nartey ...

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshops with Victor Dey Jr give attendants what they want: practical tips that improve musicians knowledge as well as skills. The US embassy is funding yearly jazz workshops taking him to Ghana cities like Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi etc apart from Capital Accra. The 2018 workshops, the first of hopefully a long series of workshops facilitated by the US Embassy, were lead by Ben Boone, renowned US jazz composer and sax player.

Discography

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