OM PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, RESERVATIONS are always RECOMMENDED! 360-221-7131
FRIDAY March 15th, 7pm
ISLAND JAZZ COLLECTIVE
Long time local favorites, The Island Jazz Collective are headed back to Ott & Murphy, Whidbey’s premier jazz club.
IJC features Dr. Bob Wagner on keyboard, Don Wodjenski on saxophone, Mark Strohschein on guitar, Dale Stirling on bass, and Ken Bloomquist on percussion.
The IJC draws from the 20th century jazz songbook for inspiration and covers the spectrum from Ellington to SunRa. Always an audience pleaser, the Island Jazz Collective is a popular group throughout the island music scene.
Join us for an evening of fine jazz, award-winning wines, savory bites and the captivating view.
SATURDAY March 16th, 7pm
JANIE CRIBBS & THE T.RUST BAND $12
Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band are excited to be back at the renowned Ott and Murphy cabaret stage on Saturday, March 16th for a special up-close and personal show.
With their successful CD album “Queen of Fire” getting international and local airplay and numerous rave reviews, The Band is ready for for anything and this night will be special with new songs, great old favorites and plenty of Green-eyed Soul!
Be prepared to have your socks blown off with gorgeous gritty guitar and sweaty slidework , volcanic sultry vocals and enough rhythm and groove to get you dancing a jig in the streets…..
Reservations highly recommended
FRIDAY March 22nd, 7pm
SKINNY TIE JAZZ
It’s been awhile, but we’re happy to announce that the boys are back…..Born years and miles apart, identical twins Fran and Brad play from the Jazz Standards of The Great American Song Book and an odd gemisch of tunes they just kinda like playing. SkinnyTieJazz is Brad on Piano, Fran on Double Bass and shared vocals that always prove popular with those cwazy wabbits of Langley.
No Cover, but if you enjoy the evening, show some love?
*Fashionable neckwear notwithstanding, absolutely no rabbits will be harmed during the performance. Can’t say the same of our reputations….
For more information on SkinnyTieJazz, visit their website: SkinnyTieJazz
SATURDAY March 23rd, 5:30 & 7:30pm
NICK MARDON BLUES TRIO $15 ($25 FOR BOTH SHOWS)
A sell-out favorite at Ott & Murphy, the Nick Mardon Blues Trio blends the sound of Electric Blues with Pop, Jazz, Funk, Rock and much more throughout their eclectic show.
Nick Mardon fronts the band with smooth vocals and an endless supply of blazing guitar licks. In the bands over the top live performances Nick often plays the guitar behind his head, behinds his back, or one handed. The rhythm section features the Greg Olson on the fretless electric Bass and Andy Emery on Drums and Percussion. Greg and Andy lay down a solid groove and can go from loud and rocking to whisper quiet in one beat.
The members of the trio have played with Mellisa Etheridge, Marcy Playground, Robert Glasper, and Marcus Printup and many notable local and national acts. The Nick Mardon Blues Trio has played at Everett Historic Theatre, Highway 99 Blues Club, Marymoor Park, Capps Club, The Royal Room, and many breweries, bars, and wineries. Their high energy performances leaves audiences astounded and call the group the “Future of the Blues”.
The Nick Mardon Blues Trio released their debut EP “These Days” in 2018 and they are currently booking regional performances. The Trio recently recorded a live CD at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle that is soon to be released. Their next studio album is expected to be released in May 2019 followed by a West Coast Tour.
For this engagement we will present two shows: 5:30 & 7:30pm. Cover charge is $15 for one show or $25 for both. These shows regularly sell out so call to reserve today!
FRIDAY March 29th, 7 pm
NATHANIEL TALBOT TRIO $10
It’s with great pleasure we announce the return of Nathaniel Talbot to the Ott & Murphy stage. For this show Nathaniel will be joined by Keegan Harshman and Andrew Dorsett, playing originals from his recently released album “Animal”.
“Animal is a massive, courageous, departure for Talbot. He’s backed by an incredibly funky session style band (sounding somewhere between The Swampers and Steely Dan) out of Nashville, and plays electric guitar – dropping head bobbing, neck rolling blues and r&b riffs throughout. Along with that Talbot uses his commanding storytelling to twist political lessons of the last few years into parables, exercising his skill to elucidate largely white, largely masculine, largely misplaced rage of the present.” – American Standard Time
“Songwriter, possessor of a beautiful voice and an organic farmer to boot, Nathaniel Talbot delivers a ripe harvest of fine tunes.” – Americana UK
“Animal is an album of soulful folk with an iconoclastic spirit. The songwriting is mature and patient, and the performances are powerfully raw. This is an album that rewards repeat listening.” – Telegraph Mastering
Nathaniel’s music has dirt under its fingernails, the product of decades of hard work and crafting – retuning, replanting, and retelling. The result is true American roots music that combines the soulful edge of tradition with the Pacific Northwest’s legacy of freedom and innovation.
Reservations strongly recommended.
SATURDAY March 30th, 7pm
GREG BECK QUARTET $7
This fabulous quartet is led by Greg Beck, who is accompanied by Scott Small on drums, Gary Way on piano, and Richard Hughes on Bass. These musicians are a shining example of Whidbey’s world-class local music scene.
Greg started playing guitar in his early teens and went on to study music and theory at the Cornish School of Music in Seattle. In the music community, he is known as a well-rounded, highly experienced player. His passion for music was fired by such diverse influences as jazz/funk guitarist Howard Roberts, grooves by Freddie King and Ray Charles, jazz masters Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and a long list leading to varied contemporary artists. As a member of the Viceroys, Greg was inducted into the Northwest Hall of Fame. On Whidbey Island, he is a member of the swing jazz ensemble, Trio Nouveau, and lead guitarist for the Latin Band, Bahia.
Arrive a bit early and settle into the comfy and cozy atmosphere of our intimate jazz club, featuring award winning wines, fantastic views and the Greg Beck Quartet!
FRIDAY April 5th, 7 pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & DANNY GODINEZ $20
Danny Godinez had the audience on their feet with an amazing performance last year at the Whidbey Guitar Festival, so it is with great pleasure that we announce Danny and Andre will be performing together on our intimate stage in what is a must see show!
Danny Godinez is a modern acoustic/electric guitar wizard. When Danny plays he transcends the guitar, taking his audience on an unforgettable musical ride. His solo performances showcase his fiery guitar technique, thoughtful vocal songs, and experimental grooves using innovative guitar looping–a true guitar genius.
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Danny Godinez has been a mainstay in the Seattle music scene for over a decade. He has played with a wide variety of musical figures including Carlos Santana, Jason Mraz, Tim Reynolds, and Johnny Lang. He has toured throughout Europe, Alaska, and the lower 48, and is known for his inventive and inspiring solo shows. Godinez is also a highly sought after guitar instructor.
“Danny Godinez plays guitar just the way I like it; with fire and beauty, grace and melody, intensity and passion.”
-Michael Shrieve, Santana
“Danny Godinez is quite simply a guitar virtuoso. It won’t take long to discover that Godinez possesses an intimacy so complete with his instrument that he bears a little of his soul every time he plays.”
-Jodi Hollister, SSG Music
Award-winning, Segovia-trained guitarist and composer Andre Feriante has been sharing the gift of music with audiences around the word for 30 years. Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, he has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life. Andre’s journey began in Italy, where he was born. At age 13, he heard the flamenco guitar and his life changed for ever.
By the age of 21, Feriante had studied with the great Maestro Andres Segovia in Spain, played concerts in Europe and North and South America, and was part of the music faculty at two colleges. Feriante’s long career has taken him to hundreds of stages, including Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and The Triple Door.
Andre’s world view is one of hope, love, and empathy. He hopes the passionate and reflective qualities in his songs will bring listeners inward to discover the similarities among humans, creating more peace and joy in our world.
SATURDAY April 6th, 7pm
KAREEM KANDI BAND $10
Always a favorite in our intimate jazz club, the Kareem Kandi Band inspires and invigorates with fresh and unexpected takes on jazz standards from the swing songbook to 60’s mainstream compositions and beyond!
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.
Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook. Kandi’s performance is seamless, natural, artful, classy and inspiring.
Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Patti Labelle, Mark Elf, Ali Jackson, D’vonne Lewis, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Mordy Ferber, Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Northwest Repertory Singers, Thomas Marriot, The Tacoma Symphony, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, and many others.
Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.