Few bands have been able to stay together and focused for even
a few years, let alone the over 18 years Dotsero has been performing
and recording for audiences far and wide. Over the years, Dotsero
has racked up an impressive number of awards and honors. The core members
received their BA’s in music from the University of Colorado and University
of Denver. In 2001, brothers David and Stephen Watts were named as two
of the top five graduates in Arts for the last 125 years at C.U. along
with jazz greats Glenn Miller and Dave Grusin.
In addition, Dotsero was nominated for an Oasis award for “Best Up and Coming Group” in 2001 which is the Smooth Jazz genre’s answer to the Grammy Awards. Along with being awarded Denver Mayor Wellington Webb’s prestigious “Excellence in the Arts” honor, Dotsero was also recognized by the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre for being a performer and participant in its 60th anniversary season.
Dotsero has also won the Westword Magazine Music Awards jazz category for four consecutive years (1997 - 2000). The Westword Readers’ Poll voted Dotsero “Best Jazz Band” in Denver for a record of eleven years in a row. Along with being included on numerous radio station promo samplers, Dotsero was among the elite names in Smooth Jazz to be included in home town radio station CD104.3’s first radio sampler in late 2001.
In April of 2001, Dotsero’s #1 national hit Jubilee reached stellar success by being taken up on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The CD was played during Endeavor’s mission, including 187 orbits of the globe, and the band received a special certificate commemorating the event.