Hometown: She has lived in Medford her whole life.
Think of: It’s not a stretch to say that Dickson, who has been performing since she was 3 years old, evokes thoughts of the Queen of Jazz herself, Ella Fitzgerald. Dickson’s impressive range, distinct scatting style, and immense repertoire — which ranges from standards and bebop to Latin and modern jazz tunes — make for a musical maturity and stage presence well beyond her years.
What caught our eye: Since Dickson released “Scattin’ Doll,” her first album, in 2011, jazz enthusiasts have been paying close attention to the high school senior’s performances — as a solo artist, with her quartet, and, last summer, with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Along the way, Dickson’s been racking up a number of student music awards, including a recent nomination to the prestigious US Presidential Scholar in the Arts program. This week, Dickson is in Los Angeles taking part in the 2015 Grammy Camp Jazz Session, where she and 31 other talented high schoolers have had the opportunity to record at Capitol Records and perform at various Grammy Week events, including the official afterparty for tonight’s awards, which the students get to attend.“