Akua Dixon

Akua Dixon and Quartette Indigo

Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

$15 general public; $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $8 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

“Highly imaginative and beautifully textured arrangements."
--The Washington Post

Internationally renowned cellist, composer, conductor, and educator Akua Dixon has been at the forefront of improvising string players since 1973. She is the first cellist to win the DownBeat magazine Critics Poll, and is a multi-laureate of the National Endowment for the Arts in composition and performance. Dixon is considered “amongst the treasures of contemporary jazz” (The Star-Ledger, New Jersey), having performed with artists from Duke Ellington and Max Roach to Ray Charles and Lionel Hampton. And her string arrangements can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1998).

At Wesleyan, Dixon makes her Connecticut debut with her string quartet, Quartette Indigo, which has been called "jazz’s leading string quartet" (The Boston Globe). The group features violinists Meg Okura and Frederika Krier, Judith Insell on viola, and bassist Jennifer Vincent.

Read "Jazz Appreciation Month Features Cellist Akua Dixon" in The Wesleyan Connection.

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This concert is the conclusion of the 20th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.