Brandon Dixon

Brandon D.

Glassboro, NJ
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Brandon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
2012

Composer and saxophonist Brandon has emerged in the music scene as a pioneering jazz and classical musician. His unique style of jazz composition and publications in the field of quarter tone music set him apart from the crowd.

Brandon is well-known for his advancements in the field of quarter tone music. His book, Quarter Tone Technique for Saxophone, is the first of its kind. This book explorers the possibilities of this music and its application on saxophone farther than anyone else in the past has. His unique compositions use this extended technique to create new sound atmospheres which were previously unexplored.

Brandon, along with Evan Smith, co-leads Ghost House, a six-member modern jazz group known for its original compositions. His compositions for this group explore his own modern composition ideas, while remaining true to the rich tradition of jazz music.

Brandon is a member of The Dirty Bohemians. This is a funk/hard rock group led by Zach Birnbaum. This group is well-known in New Jersey as a tight group with high-calibre original compositions.

Brandon is also a member of The Third Arrangement, a fusion/rock group led by Nate MacAdams. This group performs originals and well-known rock/fusion songs.

Brandon performs in a variety of venues, including Chris’s Jazz Cafe, the Washington Banquet and Catering, Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, Shanghai Jazz, and the Tuckahoe Inn, as well as Rowan University, NJMEA Convention, and the University of Maryland. He is based in South Jersey, where he primarily performs, but he also occasionally travels out-of-state.

Brandon began studying saxophone as a teenager, both as a classical and as a jazz musician. He attended Rowan University for a performance degree in Jazz Studies, where he also studied classical saxophone technique, as well as music composition, where he studied with Timothy Powell, Denis DiBlasio, Carl Cox, and Roberto Pace. During the early years of his career, he performed regularly in his home state of New Jersey.

In 2014, Brandon received the Bill Walters NJJS Jazz Scholarship through the New Jersey Jazz Society, where he was invited to perform at the Shanghai Jazz restaurant with a group from the William Paterson University. He also performed at the 2014 NJMEA Convention with the New Jersey Intercollegiate Jazz Band. In 2016, Brandon was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honors society.

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Experience

Saxophone Instructor
Feb 2017 - Present
Sam Ash

I currently give private lessons at the Sam Ash in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Saxophone Instructor
Jun 2014 - Dec 2014
The Guitar Shop

I gave saxophone private lessons at The Guitar Shop in Howell, NJ.

Education

Jazz Performance Degree
Sep 2012 - Present
Rowan University
Composition Studies
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Rowan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Bill Walters NJJS Jazz Scholarship
Mar 2014
New Jersey Jazz Society

Affiliations

Pi Kappa Lambda
Nov 2016

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Photos & Videos

This is a solo taken from a live performance.  I am making use of my quarter tone technique in a few places in this solo.
Photo taken from a great night of Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philly!

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Taken from a saxophone quartet performance at Rowan University.

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This is from my band's performance of Caravan in Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia last June.
The horn players in my group: Ghost House, at a performance in Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia.

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Taken from a performance with The Dirty Bohemians, one of the bands I am a member of.

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Photo taken during a Rowan University performance.

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This is taken from a performance of "Blues for 11", an original composition.
This is one of my solo videos, improvising over "Friday the 13th", a tune written by Thelonious Monk.
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