Roger Dickerson, Piano – Roswell Jazz Festival Musicians: Roger Donald Dickerson is an American composer and jazz pianist. He began piano lessons at the age of 8 and also learned to play brass instruments at a young age.
Roger Dickerson’s musical quest began as a boy involved in formal piano lessons while listening, at the same time, to music in the streets of New Orleans. The two musical traditions easily embraced within him.
Dickerson’s interests and musical studies have taken him throughout America, to Europe, the Middle East and China. Over the years, he has won high praise for his widely performed compositions from performers, conductors and leading music critics alike. He was the recipient, in 2008, of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the Annual Classical Music Awards Tribute of New Orleans’ Gambit Magazine.
A retired university professor, Dickerson has served as Program Associate in Humanities with the Institute for Services to Education, Inc. (Washington, D.C.), Adjunct Professor for composition and orchestration at Xavier University, Lecturer of Music at Dillard University and as University Choir Director, and Music Coordinator, at Southern University at New Orleans.
As a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, Dickerson landed in Roswell, New Mexico and became the inspiration for a world-class festival. The Pecos Valley Jazz and Arts Festival—founded in 2006, and since renamed the Roswell Jazz Festival.