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Dick Oatts

Pizza Express Jazz Club London
22:41, 27 October 2016

10 Dean Street, London, W1D 3RW
0207439 4962
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Dick Oatts, alto saxophone
Barry Green, piano
Mark Hodgson, bass
Stephen Keogh, Drums

Dick Oatts is a living saxophone legend. He became a member of the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1977 after a move from Iowa to New York City. Since then he has recorded and toured the world with many of the greatest big bands, small groups and artists in the history of jazz, such as Red Rodney, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Jerry Bergonzi, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis  Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller and Lalo Schiffrin, aswell as holding the alto chair in the bands of The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

He appears in London with a powerfully swinging and creative quartet that will go on to tour Europe and headline at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Oatts has also been featured as a guest star with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied many of the legendary jazz vocalists including Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Neena Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento and recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl. He is professor of Jazz Studies at the Boyer School of Music at Temple University and has been an artist-in-residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1997.

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Dick Oatts