Cellist, Composer, Educator
Akua Dixon

Akua Dixon has been at the forefront of improvising string players since 1973. She is the first cellist to win the Downbeat Critics Poll. A multi laureate of the National Endowment for the Arts in composition and performance, Akua is considered “amongst the treasures of contemporary jazz” (The Star-Ledger).

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The latest recordings from Akua Dixon

Akua's Dance - album cover

Akua’s Dance

…breathtaking is an easy way to describe this fine outing (Midwest Records)

Akua Dixon - album cover

Akua Dixon

a beautiful, sometimes exquisite recording (The Jazz Times)

Moving On - album cover

Moving On

…one of the leading lights of the cello in any form of music… (Latin Jazz Network)

Music Store

A selection of works for cello with jazz rhythm section, string quartet, string orchestra, student groups and more available for digital download.

  • String Quartet


Featured performance videos

NPR Presents: Akua Dixon at Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

Plea for Peace

performed by Quartette Indigo


for cello orchestra

one of New York’s leading jazz musicians

The New York Times

highly imaginative and beautifully textured arrangements

The Washington Post