May 23-24, 2020 // memorial day weekend
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Avery Dixon

Saturday, May 25 | 12:30pm | Park Drive Stage

Young Avery, a saxophone extraordinaire, was born weighing only 1 lb 8 oz and was not expected to live. He has a condition which causes his voice to be pitchy at times and airy because his vocal chords do not close completely. Despite this, along with asthma and other medical complications, he is beating all odds by playing the saxophone.

By the grace of God, he is excelling and has had many opportunities to play for various programs. Avery has been playing since 2009, and he has made significant strides as an upcoming artist. Now he is using those powerful lungs to serenade with a remarkable talent comparable to artists twice his age.  

He received a letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating him on his accomplishments and encouraging him to continue to work hard for his community. Endorsed by Colgate-Palmolive -Ian Cook Chairman, President, and CEO, Eugene Kelly VP – Global Diversity & Inclusion and Jennifer Perue -HR Specialist, flew Avery to New York and presented him with a Yamaha 62 Tenor Saxophone for being a young achiever.

He was a Youth Delegate and provided entertainment for the National League of Cities, Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. Avery received the “2018 Musician of the Year” award from the Tommie Smith Youth Initiative. He performed and is a recipient for Best Gospel Instrumentalist for the 22nd Annual Gospel Choice Awards. He opened for Jazz Violinist, Ken Ford. He played with Saxophonist Mike Phillips.

Avery had the opportunity to perform and Won FIRST PLACE as a Star of Tomorrow in Amateur Night and Won FIRST PLACE as a Star of Tomorrow in Amateur Night SHOW OFF for the Amateur night at the Apollo Theater in New York. Avery’s Great Grandfather Maxwell Davis is his biggest inspiration.

He was an American R&B saxophonist, arranger, record producer and “Father of the West Coast R&B.” He worked with BB King, Etta James, ZZ Hill, and many others. ¬†Avery is a miracle who is literally walking in the legacy of his Great Grandfather Maxwell Davis. Avery feels that every time he plays, he is telling a story and painting a musical picture. Not only is it fun to play but it is also soothing to the ear.

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