Musician and jazz educator Rob Dixon is a graduate of Hampton University, and also attended the Jacobs School of Music as a student of David Baker. He moved to New York City in the late 1990s, where he worked with legendary artists such as the Count Basie Big Band, Tony Bennett, Slide Hampton, Dakota Staton, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Rufus Reed, Jonah Jones, Weldon Irving, and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
After moving to Indianapolis in 2003, Dixon has continued to work with renowned artists like Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Headhunters, drummer Mike Clark, and guitarists Dave Stryker and Charlie Hunter.
Rob Dixon is also an adjunct professor at IUPUI and Earlham College, and is the artistic director for Indy Jazz Fest. He mentors the Jazz Futures, an Indianapolis Jazz Foundation-sponsored ensemble comprised of student musicians from various high school throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
During a recent stop in Bloomington, Rob Dixon joined David Brent Johnson for a conversation in the WFIU studios.