Dick Oatts Dick Oatts

Born and raised in the state of Iowa, Dick Oatts was brought up in a musical family. He was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 he began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

      

It was 1977 when Oatts decided to move to New York City. He then became a member if the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with small groups such as Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Soren Moller, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla.

      His big band and larger group experience include performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Neene Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl.

     

Read more

Tags

Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles

Photos

Albums

Album Use Your Imagination by Dick Oatts

Use Your Imagination

Steeplechase Productions
2017

buy
 

Lookin' Up

Reference Recordings
2012

buy
 

Jam Session, Vol. 18

Reference Recordings
2006

buy

Similar Jazz Musicians

Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto
Chris Potter Chris Potter
woodwinds
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor
Tom Harrell Tom Harrell
trumpet
Phil Woods Phil Woods
saxophone, alto
Bob Mintzer Bob Mintzer
saxophone
Seamus Blake Seamus Blake
saxophone, tenor
Woody Shaw Woody Shaw
trumpet
Jerry Bergonzi Jerry Bergonzi
saxophone
Jim McNeely Jim McNeely
composer/conductor
George Garzone George Garzone
saxophone, tenor

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.