Our fourth concert, The Akua Dixon Trio, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th at 7 p.m. at the Clermont Vineyards and Winery in Germantown. Akua, an extraordinary cellist and composer, will be accompanied by guitarist Freddie Bryant and bassist Kenny Davis.
Dixon has performed with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Dizzie Gillespie, B.B. King, Archie Shepp, James Brown, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Don Cherry, Steve Turre, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and numerous other top jazz musicians.
She is the leader of Quartette Indigo and was the founding cellist in the Uptown String Quartet. Akua supplied the string arrangements for the five-Grammy award winning CD. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and Aretha Franklin’s Grammy-nominated “A Rose is Still a Rose.” She has conducted for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Akua has received several awards from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation (The Opera of Marie Laveau). She has lectured at the Smithsonian and is the 1998 recipient of the African American Classical Music Award.
‘It amazes me,” cellist Akua Dixon declares, “that people are amazed when they hear about a jazz musician who plays classical music. You don’t get to play with the level of technique and expertise of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson if you didn’t study the piano. And study, in this country means classical music.’
Clermont Vineyards and Winery, owned and operated by Tony Trigo, is located across from the entrance to Clermont State Park on Route 9G, at241 County Rte 6, Germantown/ Clermont. You can see the red barn up on the hill.