OM PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
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FRIDAY JANUARY 18th, 7pm
FELL FROM THE SKY $8
Join long time islander, singer-songwriter Jack Knauer as he makes his return to the Ott & Murphy stage with FELL FROM THE SKY. Joined by Linda Lee on electric bass and Kevin Lee on acoustic guitar, dobro and blues harp, FELL FROM THE SKY marks a return to Jack’s musical roots of a warm blend of acoustic blues rooted in Folk, Rock and Country.
Jack Knauer has lived on South Whidbey for many years and is a staple in the local music community. He is mostly known as a rock guitarist, singer and songwriter performing with bands such as Freeborn and PETE. Jack has played on the main stage of Choochokam, Oak Harbor Music Festival and many local venues.
SATURDAY January 19th, 7pm
TROY CHAPMAN & GARY WAY $10
Jazz guitarist Troy Chapman joined by pianist Gary Way, present “Evans Hall” : an intimate evening dedicated to the musical collaborations of Bill Evans and Jim Hall.
In 2016 Troy and Gary released “Evans Hall”, a tribute to two of jazz’s greatest players: pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall. This show marks their return to Ott & Murphy, the inspiration for Chapman’s and Way’s soulful CD “Evans Hall”.
Based on Whidbey Island, Troy Chapman can be found playing gypsy jazz with The Hot Club of Troy, modern jazz guitar with The Troy Chapman Group and Baroque Guitar with The Island Consort. And some great Choro as well.
Gary Way, one of Whidbey’s finest musical talents, currently plays with Bahia, Trio Nouveau Quartet and numerous others.
FRIDAY January 25th, 7pm
TANGO COWBOYS $10
The Tango Cowboys return to Ott & Murphy, straddling their saddles underneath the winter skies of Langley. They’ll be rounding up some new cowboy songs and tangos from Buenos Aires and ride the grooves until closin’ time.
Rich Hinrichsen is a singer and jazz musician with a special love of Latin music, especially tango. Tango Cowboys combines Rich’s vocal tangos with guitarist Tom Bourne’s compositions. Tango Cowboys specialize in vocal tangos from Argentina written in the 30s and 40s.
Rich was inspired to take up music by his Father Bill who sang songs from musicals and played guitar, performing songs like “Try To Remember” from The Fantasticks. He took up the violin at age 8, switched to the double bass at 11, and began studying the piano at 13. At 15 he played bass for a college vocal jazz group, which included his brother Mike (singing bass), and toured California. In college, Rich (piano, bass) studied with jazz guitarist Al Galante, and led a jazz quintet (pictured below on the far right). In the late 1980s, while in Clemson S.C., he played bass with “Jazz Essence,” a trio that included Dick Underwood on piano, and played bebop in the tradition of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, and Bud Powell.
SATURDAY January 26th, 7pm
Bahia is uplifting, rhythmic and classy, offering the perfect way to warm up on a wintertime Saturday evening. Influenced by African-American Jazz, Afro-Cuban Mambo, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Boogaloo and Swing, Bahia are known as the ‘purveyors of tropical sound’. Impressive & tight instrumentation, feel-good grooves, and outstanding rhythm.
Featuring some of the finest local talent, Bahia is Dale Fuentes (flute), Scott Small (drums), Gary Way (keyboards), Greg Beck (guitar), Roger Bennett (percussion) and Richard Hughes (bass).
Join us for the evening with our fine wines, the superb views
and the energetic, rhythmic sounds of Bahia!
FRIDAY February 1st, 7pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & ERIC FRIDRICH $20
It is with great pleasure that we announce a very special event with Andre Feriante featuring special guest Eric Fridrich, the two weaving their musical styles and talents in a show that will bring blues, flamenco, jazz, world music and more to the Ott & Murphy stage!
From the train tunnels of Chicago to the orchestra hall of Seattle, Eric Fridrich has shared his music with audiences of all kinds.
The music is a study in many world traditions subtlety woven into a singer songwriter sensibility that “defies classification” (Tom Barille Former editor Chicago arts and entertainment magazine) with an instrumental mastery that has awarded performances with rock and roll hall of famers, Grammy winners, and prominent African soukous, opera, flamenco and jazz artists.
Eric is currently playing solo performances nationally, lead guitar for Super Mokako (African Soukous) and Seattle Soul and releasing multiple recordings from the past few years.
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 February 2nd, 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 February 8th, 7pm
COMEDY NIGHT: BO JOHNSON & TRAVIS NELSON $12
Bo Johnson is a comedian from Seattle. His standup has appeared on season two of Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City on Comedy Central and he was a featured performer in the 2017 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, and he was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Bo recently taped a show for LOL Live! At the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. His prank video “Bo and Mathew sneak into a movie theater went viral on Youtube and has also been seen on MTV’s Ridiculousness and NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon.
Technically a giant at 6’9″, Travis Nelson was raised here in the rain forests of Washington where the lack of sunshine and abundance of caffeine fostered his obsessive goofball personality. With an act that intertwines real personal stories and experiences with absurd and imaginative meanderings, he invites the audience to escape into the sometimes dark but always lighthearted playground of his psyche.
Travis has made a name for himself touring across the United States and Canada bouncing between comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, cruise ships, and a million different bar gigs. As well as being a host of the popular “Docu-Commentary podcast, he regularly performs on military bases with the Laugh Catchers Comedy Tour, Boob Tour for Breast Cancer, Raise the Woof for the SPCA. Travis has performed in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, the Westside Comedy Showdown in Santa Monica, and more.
SATURDAY February 9th, 7pm
NANCY NOLAN $12
Nancy Nolan has created a special Valentine’s Day themed show bringing songs of love and longing from the Great American Songbook, stylings from composers Cole Porter and Gershwin, to Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and much more! Joining her for this special show, is bassist Keegan Harshman and multi-instrumentalist Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews—two of Whidbey’s finest homegrown talents accompanying Nancy in our intimate jazz club setting.
A Seattle native, Nancy is a seasoned vocalist and pianist. She has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe, in both Jazz clubs and Musical Theater; from Seattle’s Jazz Alley, ACT Theatre, and singing the National Anthem at a Seattle Sonic’s playoff game, to The Village Gate, and The Metropolitan Room, NYC, to sold out shows at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, WICA. In addition to her music performances, Nancy enjoys a thriving voice teaching practice in Seattle and Whidbey Island.
Several of Nancy’s performances at Jazz Alley were with the late, legendary composer, author, and comedian, Steve Allen, who described Nancy as “a wonderful singer of particular interest … her own original style, thoughtful and emotional. … Nolan is a vibrant and versatile vocalist – always singing to the heart of the song.” – Earshot Jazz
Reservations recommended for this special evening
FRIDAY February 15th, 7pm
AMIGOS NOBLES $10
Amigos Nobles is a dynamic trio that plays an intense, unique blend of instrumental, classical guitar-based Euro-Mediterranean, World Beat fusion. Enjoy an evening filled with the excitement that defines flamenco by a group whose music is tightly complex and compelling. They have a unique chemistry that connects everything; the sound, the lights, the energy and atmosphere. DAZZLING!
Jerry Wirkkala is a masterful guitarist who’s been fusing nuevo flamenco, blues & jazz in performances around the Seattle area for a number of years.
Richard Ferguson has been a rock player for many years, but after attending a Gipsy Kings concert, he purchased a classical guitar and began learning the Euro-Nuevo Flamenco songs.
Angelo Ortiz is a well-known, gifted percussionist, named Best Instrumentalist by the Washington Blues Society in 2016. Angelo has had multiple previous nominations for best percussionist and has appeared on the cover of Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine, a nationally published music trade magazine.
Join us for an energy filled evening with the music of Amigos Nobles, our award-winning fine wines and the spectacular views.
SATURDAY February 16th, 7pm
CORREO AEREO $15
We are pleased to announce another opportunity to experience this amazing and exotic trio, as Correo Aereo returns to the Ott & Murphy stage!
Correo Aereo is an award winning acoustic multi-instrumental and vocal Latin Music Trio. They perform traditional music of Latin America; especially of Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba & Mexico, as well as their own original music deeply inspired by swimming and playing in these ancient rivers of traditions while being alive to organic innovation.
Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Head of the Jazz Dept. at Luther College writes: “Listening to their performance one can unite space and time across cultures.”
Together, they combine a stunning array of instruments with silken vocal harmonies described as “locked in carnal embrace” by the Austin Chronicle. Their music is richly poly-rhythmic and soulfully melodic. Haunting, fiery, joyful!
Experience the beautiful music of Correo Aereo in the perfect setting of our cozy and intimate cabaret room. Correo Aereo is Abel Rocha on harp, guitar, cuatro & vocals; Madeleine Sosin on violin, jarana, maracas, bombo & vocals; Amy Denio on clarinet, accordion & vocals.