Ottzen and Erdman to give free jazz concert on March 13

Ottzen and Erdman

Noted harpist and pianist Susan Ottzen will give a free concert with clarinetist Don Erdman on on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St

Ottzen, who has played with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is also a teacher and composer. Alongside the classical work, she has recorded with Francine Reed and the Jez Graham Trio and performed on Tyler Perry’s TV show “Reunited.”

Erdman formed the Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band, which has performed around the world, as well as touring with Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

Ottzen says, “I began studying the harp at age 16 after playing piano and violin for many years. I was playing in a student regional orchestra and the conductor asked who wanted to play the harp in the orchestra? I raised my hand and as a result became a star in the orchestra – going from being one of the masses (violins) to being a one of a kind. This was 1964.”

Ottzen and Erdman’s concert will feature jazz standards, blues tunes and Stevie Wonder songs.

Franklin Abbott is an Atlanta psychotherapist, writer, musician and organizer. His latest project is Don’t Go Back To Sleep: New Songs and Collected Poems. 

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