Dotti Anita Taylor is a jazz and classical pianist and flutist, composer, arranger, transcriber, mathematician, poet and photographer who has written over 150 musical compositions and over 100 poems. At the age of three she began the study of piano at The Caputo Conservatory of Musical Arts in New York City. At the age of seven she entered The Juilliard School of Music remaining there for ten years. She later received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Queens College. As a flutist, she has been part of the Many Colors of a WOMAN Jazz Festival, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Lady Got Chops Jazz Festival and performed in the first Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She is the Musical Director and flutist with The New York Jazz Flutet and has her own quartet and seven-piece women’s ensemble. She has recorded with the Ted Dunbar Quartet, Wendee Glick Band, the Jason Lindner Big Band, Keisha St. Joan Quartet and Mary Lane Cobb (playing the original compositions of Aaron Bell). In 2007 she released her debut CD entitled “A Morning Glory” which has received rave reviews. As a pianist, Dotti plays with the Ray Abrams Big Band, played with and directed the Tonal Artistes Orchestra, plays occasionally with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band and accompanies many choruses, vocalists and instrumentalists. She was also the Substitute Pianist/Conductor for the Broadway review “Black and Blue”.
In 2004 she was the Associate Musical Director for a production of Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha. In 2007, at York College in New York, Dotti was the Musical Director/Conductor of that same opera. In 2007, she was commissioned to write a composition for a classical piano trio called The Ravel Trio. That composition entitled “Elements of Nature”, was premiered in Europe in 2007 and had its American premiere in 2008. She is the recipient of several NEFA Meet the Composer grants, has received awards for her poems, is a published poet and is also an award winning photographer. She has served as board member, Treasurer and President of the organization International Women in Jazz. In 2007, Dotti was featured in "Entertainment Greats from the 1800s to the Present" by Maximillien De Lafayette as one of FAMSPA’s outstanding artists of the year. Music has always been a part of her life but now she is a full time musician after having taught mathematics and music for the NYC Board of Education for 30 years.
I truly enjoyed listening to "The Cat's Walk". I am a straight ahead jazz fan, and find this piece depictive of the old hipsters' stride. Ms Taylor composed a memorable piece that I would love to have in my collection.
review written by: Brenda Lockwood Gibbs
Wow Dotti! Congratulations! I always knew you were a star! I loved listening to your piece and imagining a cool handsome "cat" strolling toward me as his eyes pierced mine!
review written by: Harriet Cowan