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Otis Coen Bio

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Otis Coen of Hear the Call Music located in Santa Cruz, California releases two fruit and veggie CD’s in association with Trudy Maitoza of Trudy’s Worldwide Music.  Carl Christ once wrote in the Monterey Weekly: “Otis Coen’s sound is a variety of eclectic musical taste married with the artistic approach of the best of Rock n Rolls greatest composers”. Blaine Neagley – Manager/ Music Director of the Crows Nest writes: “Otis Coen is a talented professional, who will never let you down.” Otis Coen takes great pride in making dreams come true in his recording studio.

Presently Otis Coen has a production company “Hear the Call Music” dedicated to helping songwriters record, arrange, produce, and protect their music.  Presently keyboardist and guitarist for Big Rain, Otis’s roster of musical talent participates not only in his studio work, but also in fundraisers and worthy cause activities that benefit the Santa Cruz community at large. Trudy Maitoza hired Otis Coen in 2009. Otis has many talented musician friends, which were hired for the project. These two CD’s can be purchased on CD baby, Amazon, I Tunes, and in local retailers throughout the bay area.

Otis Coen is extremely talented arranger and producer. He plays many instruments including, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, keyboards, accordion, vocals, and was a was a four year member of the California Musicians’ Guild. After moving to Santa Cruz in 1968 from Los Angeles, Otis was inspired by the diversity of the Bay Area music scene. Keyboardist for a local Santa Cruz based progressive rock band Broken Road, in the late 70s, Otis and the band releases of an EP that received strong air play on local FM stations KOME, KSJO, KDON, and was later voted “Most Popular Band” by the Good Times in 1981.

Otis started a four piece group called “COENcidence” known for their “Tribute to Led Zeppelin” in 1982.  Otis with the group opened shows for: Pat Travers, Buddy Miles, Caned Heat, Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Les Dudek, Robin Trower, The Medflys, Hot Tuna, Pat Paulsen, The Tubes and a Three Dog Night at a show in Mazatlan Mexico. In the latter part of the 80s, Otis worked with the Santa Cruz Top 40 band Golden Flyte who worked a three week rotation in local Monterey Bay area venues and traveled all over the western United States.

1985 along with fellow musicians, Otis Coen recorded a water conservation song that received a commendation from the Mayors office of San Jose, California, this was the beginning of his dream career. As the 90s came around, Otis was the keyboardist and booking manager for Santa Cruz based Motown bands Touch and The Escalators. In 2011 to tour with Quicksilver Messenger Service, playing with Dave Med of the Tube, and Prairie Prince drummer for The Tubes, Jefferson Starship, and Todd Rundgren.


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