* The Trenton Jazz Show! *
Airs The 3rd Sunday Each Month 8pm EST on
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Alex Otey Biography
Otey was the radio co-host & producer of The Richie Cole Alto Madness Jazz Show, and is host of The Trenton Jazz Show aired though WWFM JazzOn2 89.1 HD2.
Otey began his musical career with classical training of trumpet and percussion, starting lessons at age 7 and adding piano and singing to his skill set as a teenager. Influenced by music of the 70's and performers such as Billy Joel and Elton John, Otey began performing "piano man" style entertaining while in high school. Other influences such as Harry Connick Jr. and the swing era have shaped Otey's style to range from Sinatra ballads and jazz standards though Beatles, Van Morrison and Sting hits.
Otey's father, concert pianist and Curtis scholarship recipient Orlando Otey, was Executive Director of the Wilmington Music School during the youngster's upbringing providing him an early formal musical education. Appearing with the Wilmington Symphony as an early teenager along with competing in music competitions including Tri-County, Otey continued to study trumpet with Seymor Rosenfeld of the Philadelphia Orchestra until the age of 18.
Otey has performed with a number of prominent jazz musicians including Richie Cole, Lew Soloff and Sunny Stitt, and recorded with Grover Washington Jr. on the Skylarking album. Currently, Otey performs as a solo act, as well as with some West Trenton based groups including Off The Map With Miss Amy, an Americana Rock band that Otey formed, and with Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band that has performed at the White House Egg Roll Event 2010, Bethlehem Musikfest, theNERFA Showcase, World Cafe and several other family oriented locations.
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