I come from a family of known jazz musicians. My father, Jack Oatts, was one of the first jazz educators in Iowa. Music was always around... mostly jazz. My brothers, Jim and Dick Oatts, are also internationally known and respected jazz artists.
Before I took up singing, I was blowin' my tenor sax in jazz band and playing' a duet with Clark Terry at a jazz festival on my clarinet. I think playing a horn has had a great influence on my singing. I've tried to approach singing from an instrumental mindset. Space is just as important as sound.
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