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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.
FRIDAY February 22nd, 7pm
CRANBERRY BOG $10
Ott & Murphy warmly welcomes back Cranberry Bog for some toe-tappin’ fun and the plaintive sound of bluegrass, Americana music and a few surprises that will knock your socks off in three-part harmonies, duets & solos.
All the favorite bluegrass instruments are there for this (mostly) Whidbey Island bluegrass band: Ken Merrell brings that high lonesome sound with his guitar and vocals; Debbie Zick provides rhythm and lead breaks with her mandolin; country boy Dave Holley weighs in on his five-string banjo and Dobro; and South Whidbey musical legend Alex Bonesteel makes his fiddle sing. Southern girl Linda Rae Dobbs hails from Fidalgo Island and crosses the bridge every week to play bass with the band and sing vocals.
Join us in our intimate cabaret room for a glass or two of our award winning wines, a savory small plate and the delightful bluegrass music of Cranberry Bog!
SATURDAY February 23rd, 7pm
JM & THE RECIPE $10
JM & The Recipe are Michelle Molner, Jonathan Bower, Bev Heising and Jing Jing Tsong. They present originals, along with some favorites – both sweet and savory with just enough salt and vinegar tossed in to keep things interesting. Whether it’s in a skillful finger-picking or up-beat rhythm guitar song, JM’s music gives you the overwhelming urge to sing and dance along.
Classic Rock and Motown music influenced Michelle’s early life and later she spent several years immersed in the Nashville music scene. These experiences come together to make her original songs feel familiar. It’s the songs you already know that Michelle does in her unique style that will catch you by surprise.
Jonathan majored in musical theatre and it shows. His vocal stylings can fill a room and bring a tear to your eye, while his infectious energy makes you want to get up and dance.
Bev’s fiddle playing is legendary on the Island. From folk to classical to rock and roll, Bev’s fiddle gives the Recipe that special something in the sauce.
If you think cello is only for the symphony, you are so wrong. Jing’s cello playing ranges from sweet to downright dirty. If you haven’t experienced a rock and roll cello, come check out Jing doing her thing.
For this engagement, JM and the Recipe will be joined by Fran Einterz of Skinny Tie Jazz on the upright bass!
Join us in our cozy and intimate cabaret room with a glass or two of award winning wines, a savory plate along with JM & The Recipe!
FRIDAY March 1st, 7pm
DMITRI MATHENY DUO $10
For lovers of jazz and those who want to experience world-class musicians, this is one show you won’t want to miss! We warmly welcome the return of Dmitri Matheny and Milo Petersen to Ott & Murphy’s intimate jazz club.
Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American flugelhornist Dmitri Mathey has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, traveling to 19 countries. With over 100 recordings to his credit, Dmitri Matheny has released 11 albums as a leader. His latest is Jazz Noir, a fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir movie themes and timeless classics. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.”
Milo Petersen has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70’s after studying at Western Washington University. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world’s finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton, Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 – Hip City Music). He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain’t Misbehavin, Five Guy’s Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.
With their immense talent combined, this duo presents an evening of jazz, blues, bossa nova, & beyond!
SATURDAY March 2, 7pm
Ott & Murphy’s intimate cabaret room is the perfect setting 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.