Dick Oatts

Dennis Richard "Dick" Oatts ( born April 2, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American jazz saxophonist ( tenor, alto and soprano saxophone), also a clarinetist, flautist, pianist and keyboardist.

Life and work

Dick Oatts grew up as the son of jazz saxophonist Jack Oatts on in Iowa and graduated from Drake University. His professional career began in 1972 in Minneapolis; In 1977 he moved to New York and became a member of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band. In the 1970s and 1980s, he also worked in the bands of Bob Brookmeyer ( 1981-1984 ), Al Porcino, Ray Mantilla ( 1982-1986 ), Bill Mays and Teo Macero. In addition, he played from 1986 with Garry Dial in one of the last bands of Red Rodney before he died. With Dial he made then a quartet, which still exists today; in the 1990s it took on a series of albums for the Steeplechase label. Oatts is heard as a sideman on recordings that Gary Smulyan 1993, Ted Rosenthal, Paquito D' Rivera, Hendrik Meurkens and Vic Juris, he also worked at Big Band productions Joe Lovano ( Rush Hour, 1994 and Celebrating Sinatra, 1996) and of Joe Henderson ( Shade of Jade, 1992/96 ) and in Europe (including UMO band) with. Since 1989 Oatts the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music belonged to. He has been a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2006, where he oversees the Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • All Of Three ( Steeplechase, 1997)
  • Standard Issue Vol.1 (SC, 1998)
  • Standard Issue Vol.2 (SC, 2000)
  • South Paw ( SC, 2001)
  • Simone 's Dance (SC, 2003)

Links / sources

  • Website
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • BBC Radio 2
  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Edition, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
  • Jazz saxophonist
  • University teachers (Manhattan School of Music)
  • University teachers (Temple University)
  • American musician
  • Born in 1953
  • Man