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Original article written by Gary Simmons of Kid Glove Entertainment

Ozzie Ahlers, photo by Gary Simmons
Ozzie Ahlers, whose music is heard throughout the latest episodes of Sidewalks and Sidewalks: Video Nite, has been described as "Keyboardist Extraordinaire" by Music Connection magazine and hails from a rich musical background.

Ozzie first came to California playing piano in Van Morrison`s band. Then, he was pianist and songwriter on four albums for Jesse Colin Young.

Next, Ozzie joined forces with Jerry Garcia in the Jerry Garcia Band. He toured with the band for two years. During that time, he also gained additional musical notoriety winning the Cannes Film Festival award with his film score for the movie, "Northern Lights."

Ozzie is also a co-producer and songwriter with guitarist Craig Chaquico on Craig's four solo CDs, "Acoustic Highway,""Acoustic Planet," "A Thousand Pictures," and "Once In A Blue Universe."

Ozzie Ahlers' debut albumIn 1997, Ozzie released his first solo CD entitled "Fingerpainting." Available on Higher Octave Music, this CD features other artists such as Peter White, Jimmy Dillon, Mario Cippolina, Wade Olson, Jim Reitzel & Kevin Palladini. Each of the songs represents a movement in his musical path. His style is drawn from a wide array of influences, ranging from Jazz & Rock to Soul & Blues. An extremely beautiful piece of work, pristine yet very soulful.

All songs written and arranged by Ozzie Ahlers
©1997 Higher Octave Publishing (BMI) / Misticaro Music (BMI)

Photo: Gary Simmons





Samples of Ozzie's music from the debut album, "Fingerpainting," are played on Sidewalks and Sidewalks: Video Nite. The number six CD track "Dance 'Til Dawn" is the tune most frequently used throughout the programs.


In late 1997, Sidewalks produced a special music video version of his title song, "Fingerpainting." 

View the special director's cut of "Fingerpainting"
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Official website

Visit the Higher Octave Music web site for more details about Ozzie Ahlers and other artists.

For more information about Ozzie Ahlers, contact Kid Glove Entertainment.


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