Andrew Dickeson is one of Australia's most prominent, prolific and accomplished musicians. He has been very fortunate during his career to perform with many International Jazz greats, as well as the cream of Australiaís Jazz musicians.
Andrew has performed, toured and recorded with the following International Jazz artists:
Worked with almost all leading Australian Jazz musicians in a variety of combinations including:
Andrew also has a busy schedule of overseas performances.
His career is rapidly building in Japan where he has performed with Charito, Kengo Nakamura's "ROOTS2" band featuring Wess Anderson and Marcus Printup, The "Tokyo Manila Jazz and Arts Festival", Joh Yamada, Keiji Matsushima, Akane Matsumoto, Yuichi Inoue, "Always Smiling Trio" featuring Simon Cosgrove and Ryuichi Yamamura
Other recent performance include New York, Europe, New Caledonia, Brazil, Laos, Hong Kong and Singapore.
He leads his highly regarded quintet with Roger Manins, Eamon McNelis, Steve Barry and Alex Boneham - featured on his debut CD "Weaver Of Dreams", as well as his Sydney-based group "Burn".
As well as his performing schedule Andrew has a passionate interest in music education - focusing on Jazz. He lectures in Jazz Drums, Ensemble, Rhythm Section Workshop and Jazz History at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His list of former and current students comprises the majority of the young, happening drummers on the Sydney scene. He is also involved in school and private tuition, clinics and workshops and as a visiting "artist in residence" for various institutions.
His list of students is a who's-who of the Australian drum scene:
Andrew is also a perpetual student - striving to improve and excel. He studied in New York City with Jazz masters Art Taylor and Vernel Fournier. His current teacher - really more of a coach or even "guru" is the amazing Michael Carvin. He has also studied recently with Bernard Purdie and Brazillian master Vanderlai Pereira.
Andrew is proud to endorse and perform exclusively on Canopus Drums - from Tokyo, Japan.
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.