Dimitri Vassilakis

Tenor Sax // Soprano Sax // Male Vocalist

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Dimitri Vassilakis Biography highlights:


“An internationally acclaimed, award winning Greek saxophonist/vocalist and composer”


Has recorded 5 albums for historic jazz label Candid Records.



Awarded album of the month from BBC Music magazine and 2nd jazz album of the year from the BBC for "Labyrinth". This album has become the subject of study at several universities and has been presented at Yale University and at musicological conferences.

"Parallel Lines" album has received great critical acclaim, a trio suite with Jeff "Tain" Watts and Essiet Essiet dedicated to Sonny Rollins.

"Across The Universe" included songs from the Beatles, Nina Simone, Doors songbook, with an international line up from all continents, and has produced 2 years of world touring and some of the best reviews. 


Read recent discography tribute at Downbeat:



Recent Jazz Times interview:



Presenting “Jazz Democracy” @ The London Jazz Festival 2015

Hellenic Center


The Pheasantry



Has played and recorded with jazz greats like: David Liebman, Jeff «Tain» Watts, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ralph Peterson, Marc Johnson, Essiet Essiet, Dave Kikoski, Dan Wall, Ron Affif, Andy Sheppard, Theodosii Spassov, Milcho Leviev, Adam Nussbaum, Benito Gonzalez, Jamie Cullum, Deborah Davis, Juliet Kelly, Mina Agossi.


Has appeared at New York clubs Birdland, Lincoln Center Dizzy' s, Zinc, Smalls, Kitano, Jazz Showcase Chicago and major festivals worldwide such as London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Smithsonian Festival DC at the American History Museum. Has appeared for 2 Greek presidents and USA ex-president Bill Clinton during his official visit and dinner.  

Read 2012 east coast USA tour:



Has collaborated for many of his educational and concert projects with the Onassis Foundation, Niarchos Foundation, The British Council, The American Embassy and the Hellenic Foundation For Culture, Hellenic Ministry Of Culture, Hellenic Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.


Other programs included Delphic games, Herodion, Lycabettus for the Athens festival,

Playing and producing programs at Dizzy' s and Jazz at The Lincoln Center, with the aid of the Onassis Foundation and artist residencies at New York Chicago and Atlanta Colleges and Universities.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy' s Club 2013



Zinc Bar New York April 2016



Branding with Bentley for festivals and concerts worldwide, producing a jazz compilation "Jazz for Bentley" to celebrate Candid Records 50th anniversary:




"Jazz democracy" @ TEDx Athens



A talk/concept/presentation by Dimitri Vassilakis to showcase how jazz - this great American art form - has become global and has embraced the broad democratic values that were first established in ancient Greece. Also how jazz as a universal language can teach us again how to develop dialogue in equal terms, communicate in a more humane, democratic and creative way.


Previous TEDx talks about "Jazz Democracy" @ TEDx Tokyo:


TEDx Tokyo 2103


TEDx Tokyo jam session 2013



Presenter of “jazz democracy” for AITION TV




Since 2015 organizer and artistic director of Mirabello Jazz Festival (Crete) and Rhodes Jazz Festival, plus special researcher at Georgia Institute Of Technology Atlanta USA for jazz and artificial intelligence/robotics.

Has taught at the Athens, Macedonia, Aristotle Universities and has lectured and presented workshops, residencies and clinics at Yale, Columbia, Queens, Skidmore DePaul, Georgia Tech, Royal Academy, Paris Conservatoire.

Coordinator and lecturer at the Athens Kapodistrian University, teaching at the Master Course in “Jazz and new Technologies” from fall 2017.


2017 Ambassador for Famous Grouse «Famous For A Reason» campaign.


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“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 (labyrinth – album of the month)


“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, June 2001).