Music - Performance & Teaching
Tim Otto & Free Ride -Double Single

Latest News:

Really happy to be featured in a recent episode of the podcast,  Fresh Underground - featuring all sorts of indie musicians and bands. The episode is called 'Los Angeles to Tokyo' - it might be a little bit hard to navigate to, but check it out:

It's in Season 2  - Episode 8.


The Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival that I've curated for the past six years is cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic. Please support your local musicians any way you can. Really hope to be back for 2021.


The latest CD/EP of some recent compositions is out – just 4 tracks - short and sweet. You can buy the CD on CD Baby:

..and listen on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.

Here's a sample..






Free Ride is sort of my catchall for band size these days, and I’ve been working with this trio version over the last couple of years. It features yours truly on tenor, the legendary Simon Chardiet on bass, and John Bollinger on drums. Simon is one of the hardest working musicians I know, an awesome guitarist and bassist who crosses genres with ease. And John is a one of my favorite drummers; creative and nuanced; he lays down a sweet groove. And the CD features incredible artwork from artist Susan Graham.

I’m glad this music is finally out there. and yeah, it’s more to add to the avalanche of new music that’s released every day; the sheer volume of great music and new artists these days is pretty much impossible to keep up with, which is a good thing; I’m always discovering artists and new material that sometimes I can’t believe I missed - online, through friends. And I guess I’m old school, or new old school, or whatever, but I still listen to the radio and play CD’s.

So you can listen and stream on all the main platforms; Apple Music, Spotify, (search for ' Tim Otto & Free Ride') etc, but there's nothing like having a physical copy - so get it from CD Baby, or directly from me. I’m selling the 4 track CD for $6 with free shipping, (in the US) 

And for $10,  I’ll throw in another CD release of mine from a few years back; The Pink Noise Saxtet – the Jig Is Up. (Recorded live at the Knitting Factory in the 90’s, it features a stellar lineup including Michael Blake, Peck Allmond, Andy Laster and Briggan Krauss on saxes, plus Dom Richards and Aaron Alexander on drums.)

So 2 CD's for $10 - Get in touch if you want to buy em, and I’ll get them to you. So check out the rest of the website - and I hope to see you either at a gig, or somewhere else.. And if you're around NY in the summer,  come out to Rockaway Beach for a visit. It's always a great hang, and a different and weird world than the rest of the city anytime of year...

Best, Tim