Rev. Nat Dixon—Pastor at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church—has publicly endorsed the aims of the Justice for Jazz Artists campaign!
Rev. Dixon has followed a life path that has taken him from jazz musician to teacher to religious and community leader—a path that he says has helped him grow spiritually, and also one that makes him a perfect role model for the J4JA campaign. In 2011 he performed a show titled The Compositions of Rev. Nat Dixon that chronicled his trip to the pulpit. The show traced a period of his life in which he toured the world and played alongside prominent musicians such as Sam Rivers, Reuben Wilson and Kenny Kirkland.
Rev. Dixon has been the Pastor at St. Stephens for more than 7 years, during which time he has spearheaded a successful fund-raising campaign that restored the church to the look it had in 1898. In 2005 Rev. Dixon founded the successful Stephen’s Saturday Music Academy, in which the retired music teacher instructs people ages 8 to 80 in playing brass instruments.
Rev. Dixon has that combination of love for jazz culture and sense of justice that make him a perfect J4JA endorser. He has played in jazz ensembles, blues bands, rock bands, big bands and Latin bands, and is a retired music teacher. He has served on New York City’s local Community Board 8 and created a homework help center for local students, and is a former Supervisor for the New York City Department of Education.
Rev. Dixon currently holds a jazz service at St. Stephen’s on Wednesdays at 1PM. He calls his music “Goja” after gospel jazz, and has recorded five albums over the course of his long and admirable career as jazzman and man of God.
Welcome Rev. Dixon!