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Rich in the heritage of American music is Jon Otis, son of the legendary band leader Johnny Otis.
Jon has released fourteen songs in 2016 that he humbly refers to as his "treasures" . Through the decades of his musical journey Jon has reflected an eclectic understanding of rhythms and melodies that are clearly woven into his songs. His lyrics are words that share in the human condition and the spirit of the times in which we live.
As a child Jon received his first drum from his father and as the saying goes; "the apple don't fall far from the tree". With only a few formal lessons early on Jon was mainly self taught. Through his world travels he has become a drum and percussion aficionado and an expressive vocalist.
Some of the highlights of his career have been sharing the stage with his father Johnny and his brothers Nick and Shuggie. Most recently Jon, Nick and Shuggie, as well as his nephews Lucky and Eric all made time to tour together in Europe. This tour included the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and many more. Other highlights were a successful world tour with the Swiss Harpist Andreas Vollenweider and being able to invite his parents to sold out shows at the Los Angeles and Berkeley Greek Theaters in California.
As of January 2016 Jon signed a deal with the L.A. based Indie record label SRI JAZZ for three albums. Jon, SRI JAZZ, Pangea Artists Agency and Space-Time Music are all very excited about the signing. In 2017 Jon was placed in the first voting round for a Grammy nomination in the Jazz & R&B/Soul categories for his album A FRIEND.
Jon loves his family, which includes four beautiful children and a grandson. He has admirably made his life's career in music. To know Jon is to love Jon.