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Packing For Italy and Who Else Wants to Sell Spiral Out?

March 10. 2004

Packing for Italy and beyond. Trying to dummy proof road cases for gear but in minimum wage amerika it is getting harder and harder to do. As we mentioned before DGM has sold out of "Spiral Out" as have many other stores and we have just been informed that it will take until April to get more stock from Japan. Me thinks the label was asleep at the wheel on this one. Please go to the CD info page to find other possible outlets. BTW "Spiral Out" is available for license in the states and the EU if you are in that part of the biz and want to help out.

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Had a Great Time Performing with WowWhyWow And More

November 24, 2004

Just getting back to the Arizona and working to get back to the EU as soon as possible. I will be available for sessions, producing or live performance for about 3 months if any of you have interest just email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I had a great time performing in Italy with wowwhywow and a great show on Oct. 12 with Schroeder on drums and Penny (Sylvia Oelkrug) on violin plus Alen and Nenad of East Rodeo on bass and guitar at VS Art Gallery in Padova. We are looking to do more shows together very soon, maybe some in Germany. Also, had a great time in Slovakia performing with Oskar Rosza and the boys in Kosice for the Jazz For Sale Festival. I hope to get back there for more shows this winter and spring. You can find a review of the show at http://mp3.box.sk/newsread.php?newsid=12406&pid=music&subject=music+%3A%3A+interview

Thanks to Jan at Hevhetia for working so hard to put this all together and to
Igor Petruska for the review and interview and Karol Hatala for the photos.

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Shows in the Works, Master Classes, and New Recordings

Sept. 22, 2004


Yes, it has been a long time since an update. Perhaps it’s Italian time or just that I am a bit busy coupled with the fact that I do not have a phone line in my apartment and the internet cafes here do not have an html editor that I know. Finally I have dragged the laptop down to the internet point and here we are.

Things are moving along here with several shows in the works, keep checking the “tour dates” page for new shows several of which are near Padua including the 33 1/3 hour marathon. Also, in October I will be working with Ronan Chris Murphy on a few things like recordings and master classes. In November we head to Slovakia for a jazz fest, again check “tour dates” for more info. Then into the Czech Republic for some shows.

I will be working with bassist Oskar Rosza for the Slovak jazz fest which may lead to some recordings.
We are hoping to re-release the Jazz Gunn CD I recorded in Austin a few years back. This will be with a Slovak label and perhaps on DIW as well. This is more of a straight up Jazz Funk album with not too much guitar flash but a great record for Miles fans.

For you Crim fans I hope to do a brand new record this year or early next. Remember “Spiral Out” was tracked in only two days with no rehearsals. After the wonderful comments from some of you about how inspired Tony and Pat sound on “Spiral Out” I hope we can do something with them again that is a bit more thought out but with the same free feel. If not with Pat and Tony then with some new players and an attempt to do something very creative and new.

OK kids. Keep it clean and don’t rip too much music. It just hurts us all. Please go out with some of that beer money and buy a CD. That will help.


May the Force save you from the Bush,

Willie

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Plans for 33 1/3 HOURS NON-STOP improvisation Jam in Italy

July 22, 2004

Some Italian tour dates have been confirmed and several more dates in the EU are coming up. Check the "tour dates" page for more information. www.willieoteri.com/tour.htm

The dates include my part in a one of a kind world event. 33 1/3. This is a two day 33 and 1/3 hour non stop musical improvisation in Padova Italy with musicians from around the world. Not to be missed by jazz fans or deadheads.

Also, I have added some information to the bio page and a short Italian bio as well.

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Plans for Italy and Seminars with Ronan Chris Murphy

July 16, 2004

We are getting the nod, so to speak, for shows in Italy this summer and fall. Look for dates in and around Padua and Rome and perhaps Milan as well. We will be at Greenwich pub, La Nonna Lille, a small club in Abano Terme, the name escapes me at the moment and several other shows. Also, shows in late October and early November in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. I'm excited.

My good friend producer Ronan Chris Murphy will be in Italy to produce a record for the band Hypnoise and we will be doing some seminars together if all goes as planned. More on all of this soon.

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We are Wanted

June 12, 2004

I can't say it better than this man so I won't try. Please read this and then my addition to it below.

We presume too much for our musical heroes. We listen and then, it seems, we just know they're so good, we assume numerous fans feel the same way, providing at least enough artistic and economic support to sustain careers and keep that creative vision growing vigorously. This hypothesis may appear supported by a somewhat steady flow of recordings and sideman appearances, although they never seem to tour through your town. Presume nothing.

Taken from an interview with Marc Cary by Phil DiPietro in All About Jazz www.allaboutjazz.com

OK, so a lot of you write musicians and tell them you want them to perform in your town. OK, here's the deal; do not copy and exchange our material or download it for free! Go out and buy it! That will help to convince labels and booking agents that we are wanted. Then call your local clubs and booking agents and tell them to book us. Writing to us does not help. It just frustrates us as we are not in charge. We make the music, we don't book it outside of small shows usually in our own towns. We can't for several reasons. So do the above and help out.

Thanks and let's work together.

Meanwhile several shows are being put together in Italy for this summer so stay tuned for that and other dates. They do it right. Thanks to Chris Boulet and Voyage Show Agency for their help.

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Sue Short's Photos from our Time in Italy

May 23. 2004

We just put up some of my wife's artistic photos of Italy for your viewing pleasure. Please check them out on the photos page or just click here. www.willieoteri.com/photos.htm You will need Explorer as your browser.

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Help Getting Your Copy of Spiral Out

May 17, 2004

OK here is a web address for locating the best deal on "Spiral Out" for you and your country. Yes, you can find shipping to most anywhere for the CD and some good deals as well. Check it out.

http://www.anycd4less.com/detail/B0000C0FCP.html

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Back Ordered on Spiral Out & I Am Looking for a New Manager

May 8, 2004

OK, lots of people emailing about stores and online shops being back ordered on the CD "Spiral Out". Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are having a problem finding the CD. Apparently it has sold out at more than a few shops, which I hope is a good thing.

Also, people want to know when we are coming to their town for a show. Well, it's like this, US vs EU and to be honest I prefer to play in Italy and the rest of the EU over the US for several reasons which I will not go into here the least being respect. If you would like to see us perform in your city please make it known to your local clubs and talent agencies. For contact refer them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, I am looking for a new manager. Contact the above addresses if interested.

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Laying Some New Tracks

April 15, 2004

Been a long time since I posted any news but things like life get in the way sometimes. Just back from Italy last week and resting up here in Tempe near my family and getting ready to do some work with some US bands. More on that later. Italy is a blast and the only place I know where you can pull off something like we did in Padova, a 14 hour non stop improvisation with over 50 musicians from around the globe, thanks to the genius mind of Chris Boulet. Yes, we recorded all 14 hours and have some people weeding through it, so to speak. Chris is an amazing ball of talent who was nice enough to lone me some members of his band wowwhywow for the Italian shows and was the mad brain behind what is now known as "14". Is it true that 33 and 1/3 is next?! Someone help us!

Getting some good reviews of Spiral Out in magazines like www.allaboutjazz.com, JazzTimes and www.movimentiprog.it.

Looks like I will be working with the Hellboys on the next CD sometime in August. Sounds like fun and I will give more details as they come in. The first Hellboys CD is just out with, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Tony Geballe, Robert Fripp and members of California Guitar Trio all contributing. Not sure who will be on this next one but I am looking forward to laying in some tracks.

We have new "photos" and "tour dates" pages up and we will be posting more to them soon. We have a lot of photos of Italian shows to go through and some from shows in Japan as well. Most taken by my wife Sue Short who does not usually shoot band photos, but did a great job, focusing mostly on the artistic side of her craft with things like water reflections of famous places and buildings. We will post some of those soon too.

Hoping soon to build an Italian site linked to this one.

Well, that is about it for now. Watch your heads.

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