Dickey, (Stephen) Whit(ney, Jr.)
- Steve Smith
(b New York, May 28, 1954). Drummer. He attended Bennington College (BA 1984) and studied there for three semesters with Milford Graves, who introduced him to percussion styles of traditional African and Indian music. After receiving a master’s degree in third-stream music and composition from the New England Conservatory he returned to New York, where he worked with Matthew Shipp (1990–95) and David S. Ware’s quartet (1992–6) and became well known for his aggressive, polyrhythmic playing style. From 1992 to 1993 he performed alongside Rob Brown and Joe Morris (ii) in the cooperative trio Youniverse. In 1997 he began to concentrate on his own compositions; he formed a trio with Brown and the double bass player Chris Lightcap which two years later became a quartet with the addition of Morris. Dickey has served on the board of directors of the Vision Festival from ...