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Otis Taylor Band

Tue, Aug 22 -
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

$30.50 Service fee Included All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

In the event the show is canceled or rescheduled, the $6.00 service fee is nonrefundable.

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Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the Otis Taylor Band touring in support of their new blues release Fantasizing about Being Black. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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Fantasizing About Being Black Taylor's latest release, is a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events.

Following his 2015 psychedelic masterpiece Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, the new album from visionary roots music songwriter and bandleader Otis Taylor, Fantasizing About Being Black, is a stark and poetic lesson on the historical trauma of the African American experience, from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta. Taylor simultaneously travels back in time while moving forward as a musical artist. Blending his unique songwriting and the compelling musical approach that he calls “trance blues,” the recording — on Taylor’s Trance Blues Festival label — inspires with stories of the enduring human spirit, letting its hypnotic sound as well as Taylor’s lyrics tell a story of continuing struggle.

The artist explains that his 15th album is about “the different levels of racism in the African American experience that are unfortunately still with us today. The history of African Americans is the history of America,” Taylor says.

“After 15 albums, I’ve taken all of my thoughts about the history of racial injustice and created a musical interpretation for modern times. When I started recording in 2015, I had no idea the topics would become even more relevant,” Taylor says.

Musically, Taylor produces a unique sound that draws on African American culture but is innovative in the instrumentation and arrangement. “I experimented with banjo and fiddle because slaves on the southern plantations played those instruments and I wanted to include the richness of the early African slave instrument sounds throughout the record.”

“If you close your eyes you can imagine the past, yet see the connections and relevance to what’s happening now,” Taylor says.

The songs on Fantasizing About Being Black comprise a bold and thought-provoking 11-part statement on the African American experience.

To date he has received 16 Blues Music Award (BMA) nominations. White African captured a BMA for best debut album. Taylor is also nominated regularly as an instrumentalist for his banjo playing, and won a Blues Music Award for his original style in 2009, following the release of Recapturing the Banjo. His albums Double V, Definition of a Circle and Recapturing the Banjo all won DownBeat’s Best Blues CD award in 2005, 2007 and 2008, respectively. He also took the magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Blues Album for 2003’s Truth Is Not Fiction. In 2000, he was awarded a fellowship from the Sundance Institute’s Composers’ Lab, and Taylor has been nominated two times for the prestigious Académie Charles Cros award in France, winning the Grand Prix du Disc for Blues in 2012. Three years ago, Contraband — his 12th album — took the DownBeat Critics’ Choice award again for Blues Album of the Year. His most recent album, Hey Joe Opus Red Meat is on display in the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

Following extensive touring in Europe, including six tours opening for the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore, Taylor began his Trance Blues Festival in 2010. The annual event, held in November at Boulder’s eTown Hall, brings a broad cast of professional and amateur musicians together for performances, jams and workshops.


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