DOTTI ANITA TAYLOR , born and raised in New York City, was born into a very musical family. Her father, John Taylor Jr., was a tenor in the men’s quartet- The Southernaires and her mother, Dorothy Marks Taylor, was an accomplished violinist. At 3 ½ years of age Dotti started piano at the Caputo Conservatory of Musical Arts. At 7 years of age, she and her sister, Yvonne, were introduced to the music world in a debut concert at Carl Fischer Recital Hall (later known as Cami Hall). During this same year she was accepted into the music program at the Juilliard School of Music (Preparatory Division). She later received a B.A. in math and an M.A. in music at Queens College. Dotti has always been involved in both disciplines. In 2001 she retired from the NYC Board of Education after a 30-year career as a math teacher. During those years, she was also a performing classical and jazz pianist, flutist, composer, arranger, copyist, transcriber and concert producer. As a pianist, she has performed in many churches and concert halls in the NYC area. She has also accompanied vocalists, instrumentalists and choruses and since 2001 has had the piano chair with the Tonal Artistes Orchestra and the Ray Abrams Big Band. She has also played with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. She was the substitute Conductor/Pianist for the Broadway revue “Black and Blue”. In 2004, she was the Associate Musical Director for a production of Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha” and in 2007 was the Musical Director/Conductor of a production of that same play. In 1982 Dotti began the study of the flute. As a flutist she performed in the first Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is Musical Director/flutist for the New York Jazz Flutet, and has her own quartet and seven-piece women’s ensemble, Moment Of Truth. One of her newest ventures was playing flute in concert with The Ravel Trio, a classical piano trio, during their 2005 - 2006 season. She sometimes plays both piano and flute in concerts as she did in 2004 with the Historic Dunbar Heritage Festival and Eddie Durham Tribute in San Marco, Texas and annually with the Many Colors of a W*O*M*A*N Jazz Concert in Hartford, Connecticut. She has recorded with the Ted Dunbar Quartet, Jason Lindner Big Band, Keisha St. Joan Quartet and Wendee Glick Sextet. As a composer, she has written more than 150 works and has been commissioned twice with the latest being a commission by The Ravel Trio. She is also the recipient of several NEFA Meet The Composer grants. Dotti studied piano with Camille Caputo, Regina Rubinoff, Bela Schumiacher, Sydney Sukoenig and George Papastavrou. She studied flute, composition and improvisation with Frank Wess, Ted Dunbar, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Dr. Yusef Lateef as well as several other notable musicians. Dotti has played with Ted Dunbar, Mickey Tucker, Antonio Hart, Stanley Cowell, Ray Drummond and many other musicians and has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland and Sweet Basil’s, Body and Soul in Tokyo, Japan as well as many other venues. She was honored for her contributions to the world of jazz by Harold Ousley and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, made her European debut in Frescati, Italy in 2003 and was in performance at the United Nations several times in 2005. After serving for several years as Concert Producer/Board member/Treasurer of an organization called International Women In Jazz, she is now the President of this growing organization. She is also a published poet and has been awarded the distinction of International Poet of Merit in 2002 and 2003 and the Editor’s Choice Award for outstanding achievement in poetry. Dotti received her new debut CD, “A Morning Glory”, on April 23, 2007 which is the same date as her debut concert at seven years of age..
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