“A true original."—Dr. Antoinette Handy, Author of “Black Women in American Bands”
Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Lyricist, Actress, & Teacher
Fostina Dixon is a composer, vocalist and jazz soloist who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxes; flute; and clarinet. Ms. Dixon has been 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.
Fostina Dixon is a native of Wilmington, Delaware where she studied with the late Robert "Boysie" Lowery. As a young woodwind instrumentalist, she played for the Delaware All-State Band and was selected for the American Young Symphonic Orchestra which toured Europe. She went on to study with such great musicians as Frank Foster, Buddy Collett, Vic Morosco, Joe Viola, Andy McGhee and William Bowie.
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. In 2019 Ms. Dixon and group “Winds of Change” were recipients of a grant from the South Arts Road Jazz Tour. Other performances in 2019 include the Medgar Evers College Jazz Series, Delaware State University, Clements Place presented by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, Harlem Jazz Series, Twins Jazz Club in D.C., Warmdaddy’s in Philadelphia, Sista’s Place in Brooklyn New York, the 75 Club and Restaurant in NYC and the list goes on. Fostina Dixon & Winds of Change has appeared at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, New York's Annual Afrikan Street Carnival, the Annual New York Women's Jazz Festival, the Annual Black Women's History Conference, the Kool Jazz Festival, Greenwich Village Jazz Festival, and the Annual Jackie Robinson Festival in Norwalk, CT. Fostina has also toured Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, France and the Netherlands several times.
Ms. Dixon has worked with and made television appearances on shows such as the popular "NY Undercover Cop" series, WNYC Channel 31s "Perspective in Jazz," NBCs "Today in New York" with Dr. Billy Taylor and a special TV presentation "Salute to Bobby Vinton." Fostina's extensive career has carried her into theatrical performances of the Musical Theatre Works production of "All Girl Band" and Playwrights Horizon production of "Jazz is a Lady." She has performed at the Women's International Film Festival in New York City and "Sisterfire," a festival in celebration of women artists sponsored by the Flamboyant Ladies Theatre Company.
Fostina Dixon founded the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band in 2004. The Wilmington Youth Jazz Band (www.wyjb.org), is a non- profit organization for youth.
Fostina has received a Christi Award for her contributions to promoting the arts in the community, an Outstanding Arts Educator award from the Delaware Board of Education, and an Outstanding Contributor award from the Council of Jazz Advocates for her work as an arts educator and the Founder and longtime Executive Director of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band.
Press and Reviews
Soul Tracks Review! "Sax player supreme Fostina Dixon takes on the Grammy-winning Silk Sonic song “Leave The Door Open,” and makes it her own, balancing the gritty with the sweet. Dixon builds a smooth, laid-back foundation for the ballad, and then delivers a series of gritty, nighttime riffs on top, all resulting in a fresh new look at a not-so-old favorite." – Chris Rizik Publisher, SoulTracks.com
“I enjoyed the nice melodic interplay between the saxophone and vocal group. It was also a pleasure to listen to a recent instrumental that didn’t drown the soloist in octave doubles, chorus, and other trendy effects, opting instead to allow the soloist to create the musical textures that match the character of the song through interpretive technique. Nicely done.” – Tom Browne
“The primary thing Fostina projects through her playing is Power…the power of soul, the power of being whole…it’s all there” – Dick Metcalf -Contemporary Fusion, , https://contemporaryfusionreviews.com/stunning-soulful-sounds/
“Fostina is proof she knows more about Smooth Jazz than many have forgotten (or never learned). A solid outing that gets right to heart of things…” – MIDWESTRECORD, http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1585.html
“Music That Sticks To My Soul” - Jonathan Widran- JW Vibe, https://www.jwvibe.com/post/2019/10/14/fostina-dixon-vertical-alignment
“This latest album release is pure joy and big fun! Fostina knows how to combine straight-ahead jazz and funk in a way that immediately engages the listener” -By Dee Dee McNeil - Musicalmemoirs's blog - A Jazz WordPress.com weblog, https://musicalmemoirs.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/sexy-horns-blow-across-continents-tribute-jazz-legends/
“She is a player of impeccable control and skills with highly independent ideas.” – AMERICAN WOMEN IN JAZZ
“Dixon adeptly showcases her virtuosic flair juxtaposing melody and improvisation…” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“It’s my honor to represent Fostina on this CD. She should take her place among jazz superstars. Love the sax interplay on the two vocals, “Best Is Yet To Come,” and “I’ll Always Remember.” Reminds me of the great jazz legend Grover Washington Jr.” - Lloyd Z. Remick Esq.
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