FRIDAY November 22nd, 7pm


Prepare for the unexpected as Earshot Award-winning Rik Wright and his Fundamental Forces converge once again on the Ott & Hunter stage!

Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an award-winning collective of musicians who are known for their genre-bending performances – worldbeat one minute, rock the next, a touch of jam band and back to the core of jazz. Blending forward thinking arrangements with a core groove that listeners can tap their toe to, their music has an undeniable allure that has propelled them all the way to the top of the jazz radio charts.

Bandleader Rik Wright has taken his love and passion for the guitar to just about every corner of the Pacific Northwest, performing at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife, Bite of Seattle, and enumerable other community and arts festivals throughout the region. He has placed 4 albums in the top 10 of both the Roots Music and CMJ Jazz radio charts, even going all the way all the way to #1 in 2016.

In 2017, Rik was the recipient of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award, and runner-up for Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” in the category of “Best Jazz Act”. Wright’s efforts have been generously supported by 4Culture, the Seattle Arts Commission, The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack program, and the Jack Straw Foundation. Rik is listed in the King County Touring Arts roster, a juried directory of the State of Washington’s very best performing artists.

Reservations Strongly Recommended.

SATURDAY November 23rd, 7pm


Bahia is uplifting, rhythmic and classy, offering the perfect way to get your groove goin’.  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 29th, 7pm


Perhaps you’ve heard this Earshot award winning group on KNKX, where they receive regular air-play, and if you caught their awe-inspiring show here last April, you will already know why you want to see this band again. Experience the rare opportunity to see them live in a setting like none other—in our intimate cabaret room!

Duende Libre an energetic power trio with global influences featuring longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). For this performance they will be joined by Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging Seattle based jazz and blues vocalist, drummer and dancer.

Duende utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of rhythm & influences from the Americas, Europe and Africa yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove.

Keyboard player Alex Chadsey, fluent in jazz and classical forms, arrived in Seattle with music degree in hand, wondering which direction to go next. After initially playing in Salsa bands, Chadsey’s creative output changed dramatically, coming together in 2016 as a trio project Duende Libre. Their self-titled debut album distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The results are savvy and grooving, reflecting the Seattle scenes Chadsey inhabits and loves, where Uzbek bassists and Jamaican poets and border-crossing fandangos power musical visions.

Joining Duende Libre is Frank Anderson. Anderson’s warm tenor voice and original renditions of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel songs from the 30s to the early-70s offer an eclectic range of soul-satisfying music. A Seattle native, Frank has been performing as a dancer, percussionist and R&B vocalist since 1986. You can usually catch Frank with many of Seattle’s top musicians at Seattle clubs such as Capitol Cider, Egan’s and North City Bistro.

Jazziz called Duende’s music “a strikingly authentic blend” and Earshot Jazz wrote “Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul…” Their second album Drift is available now.

“Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul, medicine that goes down easy, and will leave you healed in both body and spirit. Daily use is recommended (Earshot Jazz).”

SATURDAY November 30th, 7pm


What better way to enjoy a Thanksgiving weekend, than an Island Family Homecoming with Nancy Nolan and the fabulous group she is bringing together for this evening. For this special event Nancy (vocals/piano) will be joined by Keegan Harshman (bass) and with special guest NY/Argentinian guitarist, John Nolasco. Be on the look-out for other special guests to join in for this one-time event. It’ll be an inspired show of inventive arrangements from the songbook of Jobim, Sondheim, Cole Porter, Ronstadt, Nina Simone, et all.

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 December 6th, 7pm


Local guitar whiz Steve Trembley returns to the Ott & Hunter stage with a special program showcasing his formidable talents.

Expect to hear Steve improvise his way through a variety of musical styles: blues, rock, jazz and more, playing tunes familiar and perhaps the unfamiliar to tantalize your ears.

Plan to arrive a little early to settle in with a glass of our award winning wines, a savory small plate and the sublime music of Steve Trembley.

SATURDAY December 7th, 7pm


It’s been awhile and so it is with great pleasure we announce the return of Amigos Nobles to the Ott & Hunter stage!

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.

THURSDAY December 12th, 7pm


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


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 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.

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SUNDAY December 22nd, 7pm


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TUESDAY December 31st, 9pm


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FRIDAY January 31st, 7pm