Musician Otis Taylor to Bring Blues and Banjos to Genesee

Arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time (Guitar Player magazine), Otis Taylor brings his unique instrumentation and sound to Genesee Community College on Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. Now promoting his latest album, Recapturing the Banjo, this critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter captivates audiences with his original music and poignant storytelling.

Taylor was born in Chicago in 1948 to a family that embraced music and was surrounded by jazz performers and musicians. After the death of his uncle, his family moved to Denver where he was allowed to let his love of blues and folk music blossom. Taylor learned to play guitar and harmonica, and by his mid-teens was performing in his first band. He went on to perform in London, but soon returned to the United States in the late 1960’s to work on many musical projects with various blues artists. In 1977, Taylor decided to take a break from the music business and went on to be a successful antiques dealer, as well as coaching an amateur bicycling team.

After much persuasion from his fellow musicians, Taylor returned to music in 1995. He released his first album two years later, titled Blue Eyed Monster, which the blues world embraced and admired. Now promoting his eighth album, Recapturing the Banjo, he is part-musician and part-storyteller taking his audiences on an emotional journey of truth and relevance in history. His original lyrics and haunting voice weave a story of pain, joy and the human condition.

"Bringing Otis Taylor to Genesee Center for the Arts continues the College's long-standing tradition of hosting some of the world's best blues artists," Frank Mayo, professor of speech and theatre arts said. "Genesee's Stuart Steiner Theatre is a perfect venue for this kind of performance offering exceptional acoustics, as well as an intimate setting. Western New York is in for a real treat."

Besides being an award winning singer and songwriter, Otis Taylor finds time to give back to the communities that support music in children and young adults. Taylor, along with his wife Carol, have taken on a Blues in the School program called “Writing the Blues.” The program consists of visits to schools and universities around the country to advise, enlighten, motivate and educate about the blues. Taylor now resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. For further information on Otis Taylor or press photographs, visit

One performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, senior citizens and Genesee faculty/students. Members of the Western New York Blues Society will receive a $2.00 discount by showing their current membership card.

For ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit