Here is an interview I did for the Facebook Austin Free Jazz group. Interviewed by Matt Butler. Have a listen. https://player.fm/series/internet-archive-mediatype-audio/willie-oteri-interview
November 14. 2013
We had a very successful Super Session - non-stop super long jam, in Austin November 3, setting the record for the longest non-stop improvisation in Austin and beyond. Hoping to someday break the world record we set in Italy of 45 hours.
On the tour dates front, working again with Chris Boulet on booking for duos in Italy with him on spoken word. We also will do some shows with Dave Laczko as WD-41 and special guests. All of these shows will be in Italy in April. Hoping also to do some April shows with the Open Ear Consortium again in Italy and May shows with Shrunken Head Shop in Germany. I will post the confirmed dates in the Tour section soon.
October 14, 2013
We just completed the Jazz OUTside series 2nd year here in Austin Texas with a run of 9 shows. Coming up is the first extened super jam of non-stop impr0visation in Austin with over 20 musicans rotating in and out of jazz and beyond jazz super jams at Kenny Dorham's in East Austin on Sunday November 3 from 2:pm until 10:pm and beyond. Get more info here:
July 29, 2007
Check out Soultone amps at www.soultoneamps.com I will be doing some sound clips for some of their new models. They make fantastic sounding all tube amps with some very neat features.
We are gearing up for the next Super Session non-stop super long jam with Stu Hamm, Jerry Martotta and many more TBA by doing two mini sessions the months before. Check the tour dates page or www.myspace.com/willieoteri for times and dates. www.supersessons.org.
Peace and take care.
June 16, 2007
We are getting closer to the next Super Session for October. Some very special guests of note coming to this one. Not sure if we will run it all night like the ones before. I don't think this area is quite ready for that but there will be very long jams and a very nice venue. More soon.
May 21, 2007
Well, the first American SuperSession is complete, held May 12 and 13 at Modified Arts in Phoenix. See www.supersessions.org for more info on that one. We had a great time and it was quite a hit leading to plans in the works for another one in Phoenix in October. We had a blast!!! I should hold my tongue as to how I feel about Phoenix audiences until I compile a complete blog on the subject.
Got an old Volvo as mentioned below. A 1966 PV544 Sport for those who keep up on these things.
Besides keeping my hands greasy I have also been playing a lot and forming a new band "Sketch" with Chris Michlaek and Skinny Bishop. We have plans to record very soon with drummer Pat Mastelotto. More as it all becomes.........
Feb. 14, 2007
Back in the states again and getting some things moving in Los Angeles and Phoenix. The Phoenix scene is coming up real fast and we plan on helping out by having a 33 1/3 (33 hours and 20 min) show here in May which should be a blast. More info is up about it at myspace.com/willieoteri.
Since a car in needed in this area of the states I have been looking for something cool and retro. Might pick up a nice old Volvo Amazon this week. If you don't know what they are just do a search at Google. Biggest problem is the bogus Emissions tests here which have nothing to do with cleaning up the air and everything to do with selling new cars. Long story but if you are a vintage car nut like me you know what I am up against. For you enviro freaks, a well tuned vintage engine is just as clean or cleaner than a new car engine. Only thing better is the hybrids for now but they are way too expensive at this point. Might be best to make the oil companies clean up their act. Oooooo, now Homeland Security will be on my ass. Ha! What a joke our country has become.
March 15, 2006
We leave for Italy tomorrow and looking forward to being back in our apartment in Padua. It will be cold this time of year but not too. Looking forward to meeting up with all of our friends in Italy and Germany and plenty of gigs coming up.
I have a myspace site up now, www.myspace.com/willieoteri that may be updated a bit more often than here so check there often for tour dates and other info. I will try to keep this site up too and the new improved site should be up and running soon with downloads of tunes some for free as a taste and singles plus complete LPs for purchase. Thanks to Sue for helping out with writing the info for both sites and to Liz Redwing, Ronan, P@ and everyone for working on "78". As you can see below it has once again been pushed back but it will be well worth the wait.
March, 7, 2006
Well, once again "78" has been moved, this time to July or September with September in the lead. Two main reasons for this, one is that June is election time in Italy and also time of world cup soccer so you can imagine what most Italians will be doing. The second reason is we will have more to work with and more names on the marque which will be wonderful. More info as it comes in.
I head back to Italy on March 16th with upcoming shows in June and July. See Tour Dates for more information.
Stay tuned, Willie
Feb, 6, 2006
"78" the 78 hour long jam in Italy was scheduled for April but is now moving to June in the largest castle in Italy! We should know more in a few days or so and I will post it here. So far it looks like a great lineup and a fantastic venue.
Speaking of raising money for things I really want to do a follow up to Spiral Out with Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and include Markus Reuter and Schroeder and maybe Mike Keneally. Sort of a super duper double trio. Anyone have a few grand to invest? :-)