DANCE AND THEATER PROJECTS
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Jon had a small role in the 60's feature film BILLY JACK
The Percussion Sounds of Jon have been sampled in Technics Keyboards
HARRISON AVENUE-STREET OF DREAMS
DANCE OF THE MOLECULES
RELAXATION IN FLIGHT BY SWISSAIR
ARTISTS JON HAS WORKED WITH:
Born Darrell Jon Otis on June 12th 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jon grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked as a musician since the age of fifteen. From the late 60's he played with a wide variety of artists, groups, music, dance and theater projects. Music styles have ranged from Rock, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Blues, RnB and Funk to African, Brazilian, Latin, New Age and World Music.
Jon played drums in his legendary father's group The Johnny Otis Show in the early 70's as well as with other popular groups from the Bay Area. This laid a solid foundation for Jon's future work. His love for African and African-Caribbean rhythms combined with his strong East Bay Jazz and RnB roots have created a unique style Jon calls his "BluBeatz Sound".
In the late 1970's Jon travelled to Europe and he ended up residing there for twenty five years. During that time he composed, arranged and recorded many original songs. Engaged by many popular artists Jon toured worldwide performing on stage and embellishing many of their recordings in the studio.
Jon released his first solo LP
DOUBLE AGENT in Switzerland in 1985
In 1993 he released his first CD
THE SUN, THE MOON
AND THE STARS
In 1995 Jon released a CD of rhythms and songs called JODIWA
He is currently working on a project of instrumental music called
SPACE OF HEARTS
Jon has also composed music for
Film Soundtracks, Dance, Theater, Ads for movies theaters, radio and television as well as projects for other artists.
VIENNA DANCE INTENSIVE
RAKASSA DANCE THEATER
ROY HARGROVE, ISMAEL MIRANDA, AZTECA
PHIL MANZANERA, CARLOS "PATATO" VALDES
DOUBLE, EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON
MONTY ALEXANDER, ROBERTO BORELL
LEN "BOOGSIE" SHARPE, LUIS GAZCA
BILL SUMMERS, MUSTAPHA "TETTEY" ADDY
DIDIER LOCKWOOD, DAVE VALENTIN, AYUB OGADA
MICHAEL "KOSCHO" KOSCHORRECK
PHARAOH SAUNDERS, ARTIE WEBB
XAVIER NAIDOO, NORMAN CONNERS
POLO HOFER, HENRI GUEDON, LENNY PICKETT
ARMANDO PERAZA, JOHN SANTOS, FRANK BINER