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A music journey with Jazz saxophonist Fostina Dixon

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Fostina Dixon is a composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxes; flute; and clarinet.  Ms. Dixon has been a guest soloist with Abbey Lincoln, Barry Harris, Earl May, and the Big Apple Jazzwomen.  She has also played with Gil Evans, Roy Ayers, Tom Browne, Charlie Persip, Melba Liston, Cab Calloway, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Vinton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Prince, and Marvin Gaye, with whom she toured for four years.  She was a member of the Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Cleveland and Leslie Drayton big bands. As a professional musician, she has performed at numerous clubs, colleges, libraries, churches, community art centers, New York's Jazzmobile concert series, theaters and toured abroad. Fostina Dixon’s soulful, jazzy, funky, gospel sound is as unique as it is mesmerizing. 

AWARDS:

  • Delaware Division of the Arts Recipient for Established Professional Jazz Composition 2012
  • Recipient of Christi Awards, 2009 
  • Honored by Christina School District as Outstanding Arts Educator, 2009 
  • Master's in Educational Leadership, 2008 Wilmington University 
  • Featured in book Black Women and Music: 
  • Fostina Dixon founded the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band in 2004 , a non- profit organization for youths. Some artists Fostina has recorded with are James Blood Ulmer, Frank Foster, Roy Ayers, The Fat Boys, Major Holley, and Leslie Drayton's Big Band.  She has worked with and done many radio and TV commercials.

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