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Matt Otto Education: __________ Indiana University, Jazz Performance (1985-86) Berklee School of Music, Jazz Performance (86-89) The New School for Social Research, Bachelor of Arts Jazz Performance (96-98) California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) (2003-2005), Masters in Jazz Studies Festivals Performed At: _______________________ Monterey Jazz Festival, California Stanford Jazz Workshop, California Jackie Robinson Jazz Festival, New York Jump Festival, New York JVC Jazz Festival, New York Montreaux Jazz Festival, Switzerland North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland Ozone Jazz Festival, Switzerland Monterey Jazz Festival, California Jyugiouka Jazz Festival, Japan Music Mountain Jazz Festival, Connecticut Clubs Performed At (1996-2005): ______________________________ Blue Note, New York Small's, New York Visionie's, New York Cleopatra'sNeedle, New York Steamer's, Los Angeles Knitting Factory, New York Internet Cafe, New York Cornelia Street Caf, New York CBGB's, New York Dharma, New York The C note, New York Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles Chadney's Los Angeles Rocco's, Los Angeles Club "J", Tokyo, Japan Up and Down, San Francisco Pearl's, San Francisco On Air, Tokyo Japan Yoshi's San Fransisco Studied Saxophone under: ______________________ Don Hawkins Paul Carmen Andy McGee Billy Pierce George Garzone Lee Konitz Paul Novros Played With: ____________ Anthony Wilson Gregory Hutchinson Junior Mance Albert "Tootie" Heath Ralph Peterson Tom Harrel Rashid Bakr Jimmy Smith Dennis Charles Larry Goldings Reggie Workman Leroy Vinegar Henry Franklin George Garzone Joe La Barbera Darek Oles Larry Koonse Charlie Haden David Roitstein Wadada Leo Smith


Article: Album Review

Stephen Martin: High Plains

Read "High Plains" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Every so often, Missouri-bred saxophonist Stephen Martin bears witness to his main man, the late John Coltrane. But, for the most part, he is his own man on his second album as a leader, blowing hot, cool and earnestly on the quartet date, High Plains. Martin's disposition is decidedly contemporary, as he shows whether playing alone ...


Sunflower Song

Label: Next Level
Released: 2020
Track listing: This One's for John; Ok, Here We Go; City Lights; Sunflower Song; The Owl; Tick Tock; I Tolerate You; Willard's Blues; Empty Bottles


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Brecker & John Fedchock

Read "Michael Brecker & John Fedchock" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From one of the best jazz musicians still producing quality work on a consistent basis, we start the 674th Episode of Neon Jazz with Eddie Henderson and music from his 2020 CD Shuffle and Deal. We feature some cutting edge artists that are keeping jazz very fresh and innovative. From musicians like Greg Foat, Sharhabil Ahmed, ...



Label: Origin Records
Released: 2019


Article: Album Review

Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion. The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Euphony; Dubois; Elm; Eleven Thirty; Reunion; Twain; Alder; Tien Mu; Lenigh; Southerland; Ja Nae



Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Elm; Viewed In; Jennifer; St. Paul; Langston; Iberica; Echolalia; Du Bois; John Henry; July Fourth; Ayler.


Article: Album Review

Matt Otto: Soliloquy

Read "Soliloquy" reviewed by Don Phipps

A soliloquy according to the dictionary is “an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers....." No more apt title could be assigned to Matt Otto's wonderful album Soliloquy. Reminiscent of Matisse's use of color, Otto uses his music to paint a cool canvas of evocative sounds that describe thoughts ...


Article: Album Review

Matt Otto/Andy Ehling: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Don Phipps

A Los Angeles import whose left an indelible mark on the Kansas City jazz scene, tenor sax and composer extraordinaire Matt Otto continues his run of successful jazz explorations with Reunion, a collaboration with 30-year friend and Bay Area, CA alto saxophonist Andy Ehling. Otto's music has always seemed a bit out of place ...


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