Justin DillardJustin (* on the west side of Chicago, IL). While attending Percy Julian Jr. High School he was discovered by then choir director Barbara Suggs-Mason. Escalating from Percy Julian Jr. High School he entered Oak Park and River Forest High School. Via Mrs. Suggs-Mason's encouragement Justin began formal lessons in his junior year through the Steckman Studio of Music under the guidance of teacher and mentor Dave Gessner. After three years with Mr. Gessner, Justin moved on to further his musical training by teaching himself the rest of the knowledge he needed to survive in an advanced musical environment. Deciding in his final year of high school that music was to be his career of choice, he enrolled in the prestigious institution Vandercook College of Music; where he is currently earning his BA in music education.
Justin has had the privilege to have performed with and/or received tutelage from: McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, Hamid Drake, Jon Faddis, Eric Lewis, Roy Hargrove, Ornette Coleman, Willie Clayton, Don Moye, Herbie Hancock, Maurice Brown, Henry Grimes, Oliver Lake, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, James Newton, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, and Delfeayo Marsalis.
He has also had the esteemed pleasure to have worked in conjunction and/or studied alongside prominent world-renowned resident musicians in and around the Chicago area, such as: Von Freeman, Ernie Adams, Bobby Irving III, Malachi Thompson, Erma Thompson, Dee Alexander, Ari Brown, Thurman Barker, Hamiet Bluiett, Maggie Brown, Fred Anderson, The AACM Big Band, Billy Bang, Nicole Mitchell, Kahil ElZabar, and Ernest Dawkins.
Justin continues to advance his ambitions and transform his career by leading, orchestrating and creatively composing for his ensembles. All while accompanying great musicians around the world.
Do I Move You?
Tammy McCann, vocals
Fareed Haque, guitar, sitar
Justin Dillard, organ
Tom Vaitsas, Fender Rhodes
John Sutton, bass
Samuel Jewell, drums
Richard Christian, percussion
Kahil ElZabar, percussion
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