Robert Dicke is a drummer who knows no boundaries behind a set of drums. When asked what kind of music he plays, a common response would be, “I just play the drums”. Robert completed his Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he found a major inspiration in his playing through drum teacher Dana Hall. Robert was a two year member of the DePaul Jazz Ensemble with whom he had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Jimmy Heath, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker and drum great Jeff Hamilton who he got to rub elbows with on a week long tour, by bus, from Chicago to New York and back.
Robert did his undergraduate studies at Columbia College Chicago where he performed with their jazz ensemble throughout his three years there. With that band Robert was able to share the stage with David “Fathead” Newman, Greg Osby, Von Freeman and also with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Bejjing International Dance Festival. In a performance at Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Robert was awarded with an outstanding solo by former Basie drummer Dennis Mackrel. When Peter Erskine visited Columbia for a clinic he praised Robert with having “a great touch”.
Outside of school Robert can be heard at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park where he has hosted a jam session every Monday since November 2012, or with his power trio, Mos Scocious, who has performed at Summercamp Music Festival for the last three years, shared bills with Parliament Funkadelic and Rusted Root and was also voted Chicago’s best local band in 2011 in the Chicago Reader’s online poll.
Robert also performs in singer/songwriter Michael McDermott’s band, The Westies. The newly formed band has created a buzz with stops in Pittsburgh, New York City, Asbury Park, Madison, Philadelphia and of course Chicago.
Most recently was selected in the top five in a city wide Jazz Improvisation contest by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.