A pianist-singer-songwriter, trumpeter, composer, a parcipant on a GRAMMY® Winning and on two GRAMMY® Nominated projects as a contributing artist, arranger, producer, Otey has performed at numerous venues in the central New Jersey area, including Grounds For Sculpture, Amici Milano's, the Ryland Inn, the Triumph Brewery, Havana's and Odete's, as well as numerous private parties around the Princeton/Trenton area.
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.
Alex was wonderful last night. He totally made our wedding perfect and he was fabulous to work with. Everyone enjoyed his music and danced the night away.
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.
Through his teen and young adult years Otey performed with jazz bands and orchestras, and formed a few small ensembles, including the APO Jazz Trio, performing in and around Philadelphia.
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 and with some West Trenton based groups including Off The Map, an Alternative Pop-Rock-Fusion band that Otey formed, and with Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band, who performed at the White House Egg Roll Event 2010, Bethlehem Musikfest, the NERFA Showcase, World Cafe and several other family oriented locations.
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