OTT & HUNTER PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST
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THURSDAY December 12th, 7pm
KATHRYN CLAIRE – WINTER SONGS W/DON HENSON & SID DITSON $12
No better way to get into the spirit of the holiday season than with this show featuring the special appearance of Kathryn Claire’s Trio and her evocative Winter Songs program.
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’s original and diverse sound.
This show, Winter Songs, 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, Kathryn invites the audience to join together in celebration of the season. For this engagement, Kathryn will be accompanied by Don Henson on piano and percussion and Sid Ditson on violin.
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 has toured extensively with Kathryn Claire in the Pacific Northwest and played with Kathryn last year at Ott & Hunter. 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.
Sid Diston recently joined Kathryn on a tour in Belgium and the Netherlands and has been an integral part of Kathryn’s music over the past couple years. Sid has been playing violin since childhood. Sid loves to explore the sometimes irreverent blend of fiddle and violin styles, and brings to the stage and studio a versatility with the instrument that is truly unique. Classical, indie, bluegrass, Celtic and improv are all a part of Sid’s pallet, along with an exquisite tone and depth of expression. Sid is often caught grinning while playing, finding it impossible to hide the immense joy that music brings.
FRIDAY December 13th, 7pm
COMEDY NIGHT: JUSTIN CLARK & BO JOHNSON $12
Justin Clark is a Los Angeles based comedian and writer. He’s performed at festivals and colleges across the country including Bumbershoot, Big Pine Comedy Festival, and the University of Connecticut. He’s also been featured on Amazon’s Coming to the Stage and NFL Films. His comedy is characterized by its dark, sarcastic, spin on life’s inherent meaningless and general absurdity – like having to write about yourself in the third person.
Bo Johnson is a comedian from Seattle, Washington. 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.
SATURDAY December 14th, 7pm
Ott & Hunter’s intimate cabaret room is the perfect setting to experience the unique and magical 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.
SUNDAY December 15th, 5pm
KRISTI O’DONNELL & TRIO NOUVEAU
Ushering in the holiday season, Kristi O’Donnell and Trio Nouveau present a Holiday Concert:
~ lyrical swing music infused with the spirit of the season ~
It’s this time of year, when Trio Nouveau celebrates the glistening season with songs about love, holiday presence and wintertime beauty, remembrances and memories.
Keith Bowers’ finger-style guitar rings poetic to the rhythm of bassist Kristi O’Donnell and drummer Scott Small. Guest soprano saxophonist Michael-Paul Gurule joins Trio Nouveau, infusing his creative phrasing from Desmond to Debussy with the band.
Bowers, O’Donnell and Small live on Whidbey Island and are local favorite performing musicians in our community. Michael-Paul Gurule, a Bellingham performing musician and teacher also produces the ManoucheNW Gypsy Jazz Series of Concerts.
Enjoy a cheery afternoon with friends in the warm atmosphere of Ott & Hunter Winery Tasting Room for wine tastings paired with savory and sweet treats.
As part of Kristi’s Creative Life Art, she will have her original one-of-a-kind cards with her as gifts and for purchase.
Admission fee for this performance is by donation plus tips for the band.
FRIDAY December 20th, 7pm
CORREO AEREO $15
As we move toward Winter Solstice, enjoy the light, magic and sensuality that Correo Aereo brings in a special show they’ve prepared with selection of songs from the Latin tradition, all in celebration of this special and festive time of year.
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.
SATURDAY December 21st, 7pm
KAREEM KANDI BAND $10
Always a favorite at Ott & Hunter, celebrate Winter Solstice with the Kareem Kandi Band as they inspire and invigorate 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.
SUNDAY December 22nd, 6pm
ANDRE FERIANTE & STEVE THORESON $20
Andre Feriante, joined by opera tenor Steve Thoreson along with special guest Laura Persaud, are presenting a special event holiday show entitled A Winter Serenade. These musicians are bringing their special talents to make this an evocative and memorable event—a must see show!
Steve Thoreson, ‘the man with the golden voice’ is an international opera tenor. Steve grew up effortlessly winning singing competitions in the northwest. His career has taken him to 21 countries, singing and performing for nearly two decades. His most recent accolade, winning the musical portion of “Sweden’s Got Talent”. Locally, Steve has performed at Seattle’s Swedish Cultural Center, Kirkland Performance Center, Teatro ZinZanni’s Mezzo Lunatico cabaret, Benaroya Hall, and is a member of Illumi men’s choir.
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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.
FRIDAY December 27th, 7pm
HOT CLUB OF TROY $15
The Hot Club of Troy invite you to join them in our intimate cabaret room as we celebrate this season of delight and to the end of the decade!
The Hot Club of Troy, Whidbey Island’s gypsy swing ensemble, plays lively and romantic music in the style of the renowned guitarist Django Reinhardt. Reinhardt, along with the immortal violinist Stéphane Grappelli created a genre sometimes called Gypsy Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Manouche Swing, or just plain Django Music. The Hot Club of Troy’s music swings with a wild abandon that allows sparkling melodies to rise from the pulsing rhythm guitars and bass.
Guitarist Troy Chapman, deeply versed in the playing style of the great Gypsy guitar master, introduces audiences to the grooving dance tunes and the haunting melodies of an earlier time that sound as joyful and fresh today as the day they were written. Joined by the outstanding musicianship of guitarist Keith Bowers and bassist Kristi O’Donnell, The Hot Club of Troy will leave you enthralled, inspired and tapping your toes.
SATURDAY December 28th, 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.
TUESDAY December 31st, 9pm
NEW YEARS EVE EVENT
FRIDAY January 3rd, 7pm
SATURDAY January 4th, 7pm
JESSE JAMES MOB
FRIDAY January 10th, 7pm
SATURDAY January 11th, 7pm
MILO PETERSON & MICHAELA
FRIDAY January 17th, 7pm
SATURDAY January 18th, 7pm
FRIDAY January 24th, 7pm
SATURDAY January 25th, 7pm
BEVERLY GRAHAM TRIO
FRIDAY January 31st, 7pm