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Otis Taylor Band with Special Guest guitarist Mato Nanji

Tue, Aug 27 -
Wed, Aug 28, 2019

$30.50 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes trance blues man, Otis Taylor with special guest guitarist Mato Nanji (Indigenous and fresh from the Experience Hendrix tour). Band members are: Otis Taylor (guitar/banjo//vocals), Nick Amodeo (bass), Kid Cade (drums) and special guest lead guitarist Mato Nanji. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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To date, Otis Taylor has received 16 Blues Music Award (BMA) nominations. Taylor is also nominated regularly as an instrumentalist for his banjo playing, and won a BMA 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. 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. Five years ago, Contraband — his 12th album — took the DownBeat Critics’ Choice award again for “Blues Album of the Year.” His 2015 album, Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, is on display in the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

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. With Otis Taylor, it's best to expect the unexpected. An amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, his music discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, even while his personal style is lighthearted.

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.

Special Guest lead guitarist Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee) was born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and is the front man for the band Indigenous. He dedicates his latest release Time Is Coming to the indigenous youth and all the young people on the indigenous reservations. In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job’ Mato has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. “Mato is one of the most soulful and powerful lead guitar players alive.” – Otis Taylor


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