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ENTERTAINMENT AT OM

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  November 16th, 7pm

BEKAH ZACHRITZ & LAUREN FLYNN $9

Always a show to look forward to, Bekah Zachritz, a local singer-songwriter, will be joined by Lauren Flynn once again on our intimate cabaret stage.

Bekah brings her original music, which is inspired by musicians like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Judy Collins.
A multi-instrumentalist, she often performs on guitar, ukulele and bass. She believes music is medicine and loves the intimacy of performing at Ott & Murphy. Outside of performance, she shares her passion teaching voice, ukulele, violin, guitar and bass to students of all ages at Bekah Bee Music, in Langley. www.bekahzachritz.com

Lauren Flynn is a singer-songwriter who has spent the last decade writing, performing and recording throughout Colorado, California and places in between. Her songs range from the humorous to darker material with influences of folk, rock, country and bluegrass and a delivery that draws on her experience in stand up comedy and professional wrestling. Visit her at www.LaurenFlynnWasTaken.com


SATURDAY November 17th, 7pm

ACOUSTIC JAZZTET  TRIO $15

The Acoustic Jazztet is a Seattle based trio of super talented jazz pros–playing a range of styles that include standards to mainstream compositions, showcasing influences from their individual roots and a wide range of musical associations and experience.

Brent Jensen (alto sax) has shared the stage with many great jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Curtis Stigers, Gary Foster, Dianne Schuur, Lew Soloff, Don Menza and others.  His recordings have received national jazz radio airplay and have been featured in jazz periodicals such as Jazziz, Cadence, Jazz Improv, and Saxophone Journal. In 1986-87, Brent studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz and was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996).
His 2008 release with Bill Anschell, Jeff Johnson and John Bishop, “One More Mile,” was named one of the top jazz releases of the year by the Village Voice.

Originally from Seattle, Jamie Findlay (guitar) is one of the masters of contemporary acoustic guitar. Jamie performed recently at Ott & Murphy in October with Dmitri Matheny–the duo creating an impassioned and exciting alchemy. With three CDs under his own name – “Wings of Light,” “Amigos del Corazón,’ and “Reflections” – Jamie is a very busy performer and composer, both in the States and abroad. His music is flavored by many styles from jazz and blues to pop and funk. More recently, Jamie has helped form the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, an L.A. based jazz band that features Jamie’s compositions.

Joining Brent and Jamie is Steve Tate on drums–in this trio setting providing a light yet propulsive, rhythmic touch with his excellent brushwork.


SUNDAY November 18th, 4pm

HARBOR LIGHTS

Jim and Betty Lightner (Harbor Lights) invite you for a delightful Sunday afternoon of music in our intimate cabaret room.

Expect some of your favorite tunes from Beatles and James Taylor along with some new songs from Paul Simon and Kenny Loggins and other favorite artists.  Harbor Lights also feature several new originals on guitar, banjo (including Lightnin) and keyboards, along with some jazzy arrangements of a few ’40’s classics.

Join us for an afternoon of musical favorites, a glass or two of our award winning wines, a delicious small plate and the incredible views!


FRIDAY November 23rd, 7pm

NANCY NOLAN $10

Ott & Murphy present an ideal way to spend a Thanksgiving weekend evening:  experience Nancy Nolan in our intimate cabaret room!  Just fresh from a fabulous three week run in the role of *Masha* in WICA’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Nancy Nolan is back to warm up the cabaret room, bringing jazz standards and her special song stylings from composers Cole Porter and Gershwin, to Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and much more.

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.


SATURDAY November 24th, 7pm

BAHIA $10

Bahia is uplifting, rhythmic and classy, offering the perfect way to enjoy a 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 November 30th, 7pm

CHOROLOCO $10

Ott & Murphy’s intimate cabaret room is the perfect place to experience Choroloco–a Seattle based acoustic trio specializing in ‘choro’, a highly melodic and rhythmic instrumental form of Brazilian popular music.

Choro has roots in early 1900s Rio de Janeiro and is currently having a resurgence inside and outside of Brazil. Mixing the melodic forms of European music with Afro-Brazilian rhythms, it’s syncopated and energetic. On traditional Brazilian instruments (7-string guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, and pandeiro) and the vibraphone they play choros old and new, from the classics of the choro repertoire to modern compositions and originals.

Stuart Zobel is a guitarist, composer, and teacher whose emphasis is in Latin American music and creating music for the screen and stage. He has composed and directed music for circus, vaudeville, stage plays, and movies. He is the former leader of the Fremont Philharmonic and was the music director for the Fremont Players.

Brandi Ledferd has been playing percussion in the Seattle area for over 20 years. Brandi has performed in groups including Northwest Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Gamelan Northwest, Fremont Philharmonic, and Pacific Northwest Film Scoring.

Multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Naoyuki Sawada, a native of Japan, moved to NYC in his early 20s where he studied Brazilian music. He toured with a NY-based Afro-Brazilian dance company “Roots of Brazil” as a percussionist for 3 seasons before moving to Seattle.


SATURDAY December 1st, 7pm

KAREEM KANDI BAND $10

Always a favorite on our intimate cabaret stage, 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.


THURSDAY December 6th, 7pm

THE OLD CART WRANGLER’S SAGA $10

A very special Thursday night event :  The Old Cart Wrangler’s Saga, written by audio theater veteran Brian Price is a full blown, full-length, fully-baked comic monologue performed by David Ossman, Judith Walcutt & Friends.

We’ve all seen that lone shopping cart sitting on the edge of a parking lot. Who goes and gets it and brings it home? The cart wrangler, of course.  Brimming with easy humor, fantasy, and wisdom, David Ossman—of Firesign Theatre fame—gives the performance of a lifetime in this theatrical full-length monologue. Joining David will be Judith Walcutt and friends for this special West Coast Premiere in our intimate cabaret room.

Make your reservations today!


FRIDAY December 7th, 7pm

COMEDY NIGHT:  TAYLOR CLARK & SIMON KAUFMAN $12

Taylor Clark is a Seattle-based comic, husband, father and recovering adult-skateboarder.

Taylor has spent the majority of the last decade living and performing in New York City where he regularly performed alongside some of the biggest names in comedy. Names like Reggie Watts, Ali Wong, Jim Gaffigan, Michelle Wolf, and many many others. He has most recently featured for Mark Normand, Kevin McCaffery and Kristen Key.  He was a finalist in last year’s Seattle International Comedy Contest where he placed third in the semi-finals and fifth overall. His semi-subversive comedy is clever and personal with no resistance to silly.

A unique and truly well rounded crowd pleaser on all fronts.
Taylor recently relocated back to the great Northwest to be closer to his family and all that terribly marvelous wilderness.

Simon Kaufman’s performances are a form of social commentary on society. Taking a stoic philosophical viewpoint towards his life, His stand up act is like an orator standing in the Forum of Ancient Rome using his humor as a means of speaking to his fellow countrymen as the empire declines.

Simon jokes about having grown up in a Jewish Home in the inner city and having two sets of friends. Being the only white guy on many of his little league sports teams and being exposed to both the Jewish culture as well as the minority inner city culture has left Simon with a rich understanding of all aspects of the American spectrum that few get to have.

His comedy is cerebral but not stuffy and works for all different types of audiences. His act is about the chaos of life, the over consumption of modern times, lack of leadership, and depicts and documents these crazy times and our current age of rapid evolution. Simon Has Been Seen on the Millionaire Match Maker and The 206.


SATURDAY December 8th, 7pm

GREG BECK QUARTET $7

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, 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, Greg is a member of the swing jazz ensemble, Trio Nouveau and lead guitarist for the Latin Band, Bahia.

Greg is accompanied by Scott Small on drums, Gary Way on piano, and Richard Hughes on bass.


SUNDAY December 9th, 6pm

JUNE SHELLENE TRIO $10

Join June Shellene (piano, vocals), Keegan Harshman (bass) and Scott Small (drums) for a special Sunday evening of Christmas cheer. June’s trio will feature some wonderful holiday classics….from Charlie Brown favorites by Vincent Guaraldi to great Christmas classics like Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas…any many more. Surprise guests are always a possibility.

Settle in with a glass of our award winning wines, the cozy and intimate setting of our cabaret room, and enjoy the jazzy renditions of Seasonal/Holiday music with the June Shellene Trio!


THURSDAY December 13th, 7pm

KATHRYN CLAIRE, DON HENSON & TIMOTHY HULL $12

Kathryn Claire is thrilled to return to return to Ott & Murphy for a concert with longtime friend and collaborator Don Henson on piano and percussion. Kathryn has performed in the past at Ott & Murphy with Dutch based duo The Lasses as well as local musician and songwriter Timothy Hull.  Kathryn and Timothy are also longtime friends and have played shows together in the US and Netherlands.

With her violin and voice at the center of her music, Kathryn Claire weaves together stories and melodies rooted in her classical and traditional musical background while infusing each song and composition with an energy and electricity that is palpable. Her musicality and joy on stage is infectious. Honest and poetic writing, crystalline vocals, impassioned violin compositions, and an ability to move seamlessly across genres, are the hallmark of Kathryn Claire’s original and diverse sound.

For this evening, Kathryn and Timothy will both be presenting a collection of Winter Songs. This program is inspired by the season with music to honor the shortest days and longest nights. Weaving together songs, instrumentals, traditional and original music and a few covers, the artists invite the audience to join together in celebration of the season.

Kathryn Claire has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with improvisation has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. A consummate collaborator, Kathryn Claire has shared the stage with many musicians, bringing her musicality and charismatic presence to each project she works with. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, The Netherlands, India, Belgium and France.

Don Henson is featured on Kathryn’s latest release, “Bones Will Last, and has toured extensively with Kathryn Claire in the Pacific Northwest. Don works frequently with Will West and Skip Vonkuske in Portland, OR. His band, ‘Sneakin Out’ has played various stages with Pink Martini, on The Tonight Show (With Jay Leno) and had the honor of playing Carnegie Hall. Don is thrilled to be joining Kathryn Claire for this intimate evening of music.

Timothy Hull is a local Whidbey Island favorite and a widely appreciated singer-songwriter. He has toured over the past fifteen years bringing his songs, guitar, stories and humor to colleges, clubs, pubs coffee houses, and conferences, coast to coast. He has traveled with his music, but his music has traveled even further. Bands and singers from all over the world are known to cover his originals. He effortlessly blends the personal with the political, the local the global and the ancient with the up-to-the-minute.