Born into a musical family, Dotti's father was a tenor in the quartet, the Southernaires and her mother was an accomplished violinist. At 3 years of age, Dotti began her study of piano at the Caputo Conservatory of Musical Arts. She studied with Camille Caputo for four years after which she attended the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Regina Rubinoff for 9 years and 1 year with Bela Schumiatcher. At age 7, she and her sister Yvonne gave their debut classical piano concert on April 23rd at Carl Fischer Recital Hall (later known as Cami Hall).While working on a Bachelor's Degree with a major in music at Syracuse University, she studied with Sydney Sukoenig and George Papastavrou. In later years, Dotti switched majors and obtained a BA in math followed by an MA in music from Queens College. When she delved into the study of jazz theory and improvisation, she studied with Ted Dunbar, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens, John Stubblefield, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dr. Yusef Lateef, Frank Wess and several other great jazz musicians.
Dotti is a pianist, flutist (instrument added in the early 1980s), composer, arranger, transcriber and concert producer who has written over 150 compositions. As a pianist, she plays with the the Ray Abrams Big Band and has also played with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. She was the pianist with the Tonal Artistes Orchestra and later became the Conductor of that ensemble. She was the substitute Conductor/Pianist for the Broadway Revue "Black and Blue". Through the years she has accompanied the Carr Hill Singers, the Syracuse University Chorus, the Chancel Choir at the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, the Lance Heyward Singers, the Unique Musical Society of New York as well as many classical and jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. As a flutist she performed in the first Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., played in concert with The Ravel Trio, a piano trio, during their 2005 - 2006 season, is the Musical Director/Flutist for the New York Jazz Flutet, and has her own quartet and seven-piece women’s ensemble, Moment Of Truth. She sometimes plays both piano and flute in concert as she did in 2004 with the Historic Dunbar Heritage Festival and Eddie Durham Tribute in San Marco, Texas and as she does annually with the Many Colors of a W*O*M*A*N Jazz Concert in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 2004 the Gabriel Ensemble premiered her string quartet entitled "Chickasaw Rag" at the Vermont Music & Arts Center. This composition was written as a tribute to the Taylor family which originated in Chickasaw, Oklahoma. In 2006 Dotti was commissioned to write a composition for The Ravel Trio plus a vocalist. The European premier of this work, entitled "Elements Of Nature", was performed in Switzerland in March of 2008. The American premiere was held in Rockville, Maryland in April of 2008. She is the recipient of several NEA Meet The Composer grants and was honored for her contributions to the world of jazz by Harold Ousley and the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.
Dotti has performed with Ted Dunbar, Mickey Tucker, Stanley Cowell, Ray Drummond, Joe Wilder, Antonio Hart, Wycliffe Gordon and many others and has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland and Sweet Basil's as well as Body and Soul in Tokyo, Japan. She made her European debut in Frescati, Italy in 2003 and was in performance at the United Nations several times in 2005. She has recorded with the Ted Dunbar Quartet, Jason Lindner Big Band, Keisha St. Joan Quartet, Wendee Glick Sextet, Mary Lane Cobb and the Ray Abrams Big Band
At the present time, Dotti performs as a flutist, pianist, vocalist and accompanies instrumentalists, vocalists and choruses. She performs in the classical and jazz world. She is an award-winning published poet, a photographer who was a contest finalist and has recently taken to drawing and painting. Dotti has retired from a 30-year career as a math and, at times, music teacher for the NYC Board of Education. She is affiliated with several organizations. She is a member of the Thomas Music Study Club which is a chapter of the National Association for Negro Musicians, Port Washington Music Study Club, the National Flute Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She has served as Board Member, Treasurer and President of the constantly growing organization - International Women in Jazz,Inc.
It is interesting to note that Dotti received her self-produced CD, entitled "A Morning Glory", on April 23rd. This is the very same date on which she and her sister gave their debut classical piano concert at Carl Fischer Recital Hall.
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