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Andrew Dickeson

Andrew Dickeson was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1969. 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. On his return to Australia Andrew continued to perform regularly with the cream of Australia’s Jazz musicians as well as a great many visiting overseas Jazz artists. Andrew also has a busy schedule of overseas performances. His recent performance include New York, Europe, Brazil, Laos and Singapore. He has led various incarnations of his own ensemble and is currently forming and shaping his latest, exciting band of talented young musicians. As well as his performing schedule Andrew has a passionate interest in music education - focusing on Jazz. He is the lecturer in Jazz Drums at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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The buzz around drummer/educator/arranger Andrew Dickeson and his latest quintet release is all good because it swings like a beast! Live recordings are sometimes a gamble. Live recordings that are predominately standards played by the wrong musicians can be the equivalent of tap dancing in a musical minefield. Dickeson pull off a sublime smoker with chops and with sensitivity as the tunes call for it.- Brent Black, Digitaljazznews

Here is a drummer who knows how to make rhythm stand up and exult. The patterns he creates are bright and brisk with the traps and the cymbals singing in consonance

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Lecturer in Jazz Drums, Ensemble Director, and Jazz lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music/University of Sydney. Contact via www.andrewdickeson.com for lesson details.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jazz Drumming history, understanding, techniques and application.


Death of Expertise

Self Produced



Self Produced


Is That So?

Self Produced


Weaver of Dreams

Rufus Records



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