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Dimitrios Vassilakis

Dimitrios Vassilakis is an internationally acclaimed Greek saxophonist, vocalist, composer and educator with 4 award-winning albums for historic jazz label Candid Records.

YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HLDIFgH_Y&list=PLfth9JxqdMQFpnCF_EbMv_O-bMmYv4aaN&index=9

Spotify gentle side playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/43LiXY4FKhw0JDdKfCuaRt?si=e6760bccffac4126

Soul Eyes Live at Birdland New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpl5Bqrn0go

Live at the United Nations New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPAV5dpIhAU&list=PLfth9JxqdMQFOb32Pz6920eWWfMmRohsJ

Appeared all around the globe, notably in New York at Dizzy’ s Club – Jazz at The Lincoln Center, Birdland, Yale, Natural History Museum DC Smithsonian Institute, Jazz Showcase, Onassis Cultural Centre, London Jazz Festival Ronnie Scott’s and major festivals.

Taught at Yale, Queens, Skidmore, Columbia, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Paris Conservatoire, Singularity, Aristotle and Macedonia Universities, since 2017 researcher and adjunct faculty at the Athens University.

Played/recorded with jazz greats: David Liebman, Jeff «Tain» Watts, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ralph Peterson, Marc Johnson, Essiet Essiet, Dave Kikoski, Dan Wall, Andy Sheppard, Adam Nussbaum, Benito Gonzalez, Jamie Cullum, Espen Berg.

Presented his concept “Jazz Democracy” at the United Nations New York for International Jazz Day 2018.
Presenting conferences, educational programs, and performances on his research in jazz, artificial intelligence and robotics at the Megaron – Athens, in collaboration with Georgia Tech Atlanta, Athens University and Democritus research center.

Founder/director of Rhodes & South Aegean International Jazz Festival in sisterhood with Bodrum & Ankara Jazz Festivals. RIJF on YouTube
Organizing body: https://jazz-democracy.com/

press:
“Infinite grace poetry and passion”
“Greek saxophone prodigy Dimitri Vassilakis is revered as the Hellenic god of post-modern expression. A rhapsodic stylist of immense power and authority.”
BBC Music Magazine (album of the month, voted 2nd jazz album of the year)

“Leader Vassilakis’ compositions offer a perfect platform for post-modern expression…whiz-kid tenor player from Greece…his style is the post-Coltrane, post-Rollins style…high-energy and immensely fluid.”
New York Press (Labyrinth Live at Birdland)

Dimitrios Vassilakis
President of Jazz Democracy NPO – Artistic director & founder of RIJF

press:

“Infinite grace poetry and passion”
“Greek saxophone prodigy Dimitri Vassilakis is revered as the Hellenic god of post-modern expression. A rhapsodic stylist of immense power and authority.”
BBC Music Magazine (album of the month, voted 2nd jazz album of the year)

“Leader Vassilakis’ compositions offer a perfect platform for post-modern expression…whiz-kid tenor player from Greece…his style is the post-Coltrane, post-Rollins style…high-energy and immensely fluid.”
New York Press (Labyrinth Live at Birdland)