In November 2015, dynamic tenor saxophonist Chris Otts released his CD,Layers, to a packed and thrilled house at the Velvet Note, then went on to win the 2016 BMI/NEA Future Jazz Master award. Otts is returning to the Velvet Note, this time accompanied by guitarist Patrick Arthur (Grüt; Morgan Guerin) and drummer Dana Fitzsimons (The Hot Club of Atlanta) to release the trio’s debut recording the ȼheap 3nsemble. The trio’s concept was loosely inspired by the famous Paul Motian Trio, and the sound is spacious, seeking, interactive, romantic, subtle, and lyrical. The group will perform selections from their 2017 debut CD and continue exploring the musical paths marked by Ornette, Metheney, Jarrett, Monk, and other masters, and will also be accompanied by guest bassist Robert Dickson.
Otts has been able to share the stage and collaborate with incredible jazz artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, Jim Snidero, Scotty Barnhart, Randy Brecker and Paquito D’Rivera. He has performed at numerous jazz venues throughout the southeast as well as jazz festivals including the South Carolina Jazz Festival, Appalachian Wine and Jazz Festival, and the Candlelight Jazz Festival.
Showtimes: 7:30pm and 9:30pm Admission: $25