Alex Dixon

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Alex Dixon has become one of few young blues musicians, but not by happenstance or coincidence. Born on the south side of Chicago in 1975, pianist Dixon was guided by his grandfather, Willie Dixon, the…
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Rising from the Bushes
Alex Dixon has become one of few young blues musicians, but not by happenstance or coincidence. Born on the south side of Chicago in 1975, pianist Dixon was guided by his grandfather, Willie Dixon, the renowned blues bassist and composer. The elder Dixon also helped to raise Alex from childhood, but infused the blues in his soul with his presence, and the instruction of piano players like Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston, his uncle Arthur "Butch" Dixon, and the veteran bluesman Lafayette Leake. Another big influence for the younger Dixon was pianist Little Brother Montgomery, who emphasized the vintage jazz, ballads, and boogie-woogie style. Starting on-stage at age six, Alex Dixon was part of a pilot program in the Chicago school system sponsored by the Blues Heaven Foundation. He toured with his grandfather playing keyboards, co-wrote the Grammy winning tune "Hidden Charms" among 40 songs he wrote with his granddad, and was with Willie Dixon right up to his passing in 1992. Other famed musicians Alex Dixon worked with include Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, and Koko Taylor, among others. He collaborated with Cash McCall for his first CD, The Vintage Room, and led his own band for the 2009 effort Rising from the Bushes, featuring a group of seasoned veterans including drummers James Gadson and Alvino Bennett, bassist Gerald Johnson, guitarist Alan Mirikitani (aka B.B. Chung King), and legendary vocalist Marcy Levy. Eventually Alex Dixon himself was named president of the Blues Heaven Foundation.