OTT & HUNTER PRESENTS THE BEST LOCAL PERFORMERS  & GREAT MUSICAL TALENT FROM AROUND THE NORTHWEST

DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, RESERVATIONS are always RECOMMENDED!  360-221-7131


THURSDAY July 18th, 7pm

HEATHER KEIZUR & STEVE CHRISTOFFERSON $12

Heather and Steve stand out in a refreshing way, delivering a combination of classic pop, standards and French songs with a powerful and expressive stage presence. “Heather sings like there’s no tomorrow” says Christofferson, whose piano, melodica, and vocals add remarkable depth and surprise to their one-heart, one-mind presentations. “We’re compelled to reach you.”

“Whether singing in English or French, this dazzling vocalist projects the inner beauty of herself and the song she sings, straight to the heart of the listener.” Tom Grant, Recording Artist

“Heather wowed the audience with a whole new level of romantic ballads, classic standards and authentic French chansons. She combined these with her expressive stage presentation and interplay with Steve Christofferson. For many, it was the highlight of the season.” Malcolm Holt, The Georgia Straight JS

”Steve Christofferson gets a great sound and plays with real authority and impeccable taste… He’s one of my favorite piano players.” Dave Frishberg

Join us for a special Thursday evening show, enjoying our award-winning wines, the views from our cabaret room, and the delectable sounds of Heather and Steve.


FRIDAY July 19th, 7pm

BAHIA $10

Bahia is uplifting, rhythmic and classy, offering the perfect way to get your summertime groove goin’ on. 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!


SATURDAY July 20th, 7pm

THE ACOUSTIC JAZZTET $15

The Acoustic Jazztet is a Seattle based trio of jazz pros who play 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. Ott & Hunter’s intimate jazz club is the ideal setting to experience this level of world-class jazz!

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 several times at Ott & Murphy, including a date last fall 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 his excellent brushwork providing a light yet propulsive, rhythmic touch.

Reservations Recommended


SUNDAY July 21st, 4pm

HARBOR LIGHTS CD RELEASE 

Jim and Betty Lightner (and friends) have released a new CD, and invite you for a delightful Sunday afternoon of folk, bluegrass, jazz and island songs in our intimate cabaret room.

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


THURSDAY July 25th, 7pm

TIME TRAVELER MAGICIAN

Time Traveler Magician is a brand new offering through Fairy Magic Entertainment.
Hahna Luna, the owner and operator of Fairy Magic, is very excited to debut a Magic Show for teens and adults.  Fairy Magic Entertainment has been offering birthday party and magical events for ages 3-9 for a few years and is now expanding out to reach further with a inspiring message.

The Time Traveler Magician delivers a message with regard to inspiring others to believe in miracles, to believe in themselves. When we find what we are most passionate about and build our life style around that, we can be what we are meant to be. Often we need to talk our selves out of self doubt, as we are bombarded through media and culture with all sorts of negativity and limitations. Hahna believes ANYTHING is possible, including living a life of passion and purpose no matter where we come from. Through this innovative performing art medium Hahna’s intention is to inspire others to grab the life they want and live it fully!

What to expect:
– One hour interactive improv comedy Magic Show
– Card Tricks, potions and LIVE animal friends
– Mesmerizing performance that will impress teens and adults alike
– Featuring Wisdom of the ages, past and future through a virtual time machine
Mother Theresa, DaVinci, Einstein, Martin Luther King, and a future elderly Ellen Degeneres

This show will also offer tools in how to nurture a healthy mind body connection as well as re-writing our own story through utilizing positive affirmative statements to self. Let us encourage our selves and others to be our best selves and create a world together where we all matter!


FRIDAY July 26th, 7pm

JOANN QUINTANA BAND $10

Folk-Rock, Blues, Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and a little ‘Twang

Coming up for air after releasing their new studio album, “Not Enough Sundays,” this island band is on a roll. Their sound is genre-hopping originals that feature roots-based lyrics, catchy beats and driving rhythms. There’s sly and slinky jazz, Chicago-style blues and indie folk-rock. With some touchstone covers in the lineup, it’s a distinctive sound, but appeals across many musical tastes.

Joann is an accomplished singer-songwriter and she’s joined by talented multi-instrumentalist Frederick Bryan on keyboard, lead guitar and harmonica; Kevin Voigt on bass; David Malony on drums. This foursome will rock your body and move your soul. Always a favorite at Ott & Hunter, it’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

Reservations recommended.


SATURDAY July 27th, 7pm

NANCY NOLAN $12

It’s Summertime and Nancy is back! Bringing jazz standards and her special song stylings from composers, Cole Porter and Gershwin, to Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. Home for the summer, and joining her in duo, is the very fine and accomplished Bassist, Jonathan Small. Jon holds a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is now on the music faculty. We are happy to welcome Nancy and Jon back to the Ott and Hunter Cabaret stage.

For those of you who’ve missed the collaboration of these two magic musicians from warm nights of years past, and for those of you who’ve just heard about it and want to share in the spell, come join them for this mid-summer’s reunion.  The evening promises to be filled with refreshing improvisation in the spirit of collaboration, fearless music, award winning wines, with new and old friends, in the sweet spot of the village by the sea. Reservations recommended for this special evening.

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 concerts 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


FRIDAY August 2nd, 7pm

PHILLIP JONES $10

Whidbey Island composer Phillip Jones returns to the Ott and Hunter stage after a several year hiatus with a pre-release concert for his upcoming album, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Let intense neoclassical piano pair with fine wines to weave a memorable evening.

Limited pre-release copies of Rime will be available for purchase.


SATURDAY August 3rd, 7pm

DMITRI MATHENY DUO $10

Always a favorite at Ott & Hunter’s intimate jazz club, we welcome the return of Dmitri Matheny and Milo Petersen. For lovers of jazz and those who want to experience world-class musicians, this is one show you won’t want to miss!

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!


SUNDAY August 4th, 4pm

ISLAND JAZZ COLLECTIVE $8

Long time local favorites, the Island Jazz Collective, return to the Ott & Hunter stage. IJC will be Dr. Bob Wagner on piano, Don Wodjenski on sax, Baz Stevens on bass, and Ken Bloomquist on drums. Island Jazz Collective draws from the 20th century jazz songbook with selections from Ellington to Monk, with swinging Latin tunes on the side.

This should be a perfect Sunday early evening aperitif of sweet jazz, tasty Ott & Hunter wines, savory bites and the captivating view.


THURSDAY August 8th, 7pm

TIMOTHY HULL & MARGOT MERAH $10

It’s been awhile since Margot Merah has appeared on the Ott & Hunter stage, so it is with great pleasure to announce her return with Timothy Hull for a special Thursday evening show!

Currently based in Amsterdam, Dutch singer Margot Merah has been performing and touring extensively around Europe, Australia and the US for the past 20 years. Margot’s hauntingly rich alto voice and unique approach to both songwriting and traditional folk music arrangements are what make her a truly compelling and inspiring performer.

Her love of writing and of words is evident in her own original songs and in the songs she selects from the vast traditional repertoire. The story is what compels her both as a writer and interpreter of other peoples songs. But her innate musicality and unique approach to singing and guitar playing cannot be denied. Years of touring as an accompanist on guitar for traditional harpist Ed ten Hoedt along with her interest in a wide variety of styles from country to blue grass, pop and rock, serve as a rich foundation upon which she has created her rare and compelling style 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.

Hull’s songs are dreamy and vivid, glorious and sad. He effortlessly blends the personal with the political, the local the global and the ancient with the up-to-the-minute. Timothy’s songs are about life lived on a human scale, as captured in his vivid snapshots of playing and living on the streets or in a makeshift camp by a river, of wandering and rambling the roads and the rails, of making do in difficult circumstances.

Join us for a glass or two of award winning wines, the beautiful view and the incomparable music and singing of Margot Merah and Timothy Hull.


FRIDAY August 9th, 7pm

COMEDY NIGHT $12

DETAILS TBA


SATURDAY August 10th, 7pm

JM & THE RECIPE $10

Local favorites JM & The Recipe are Michelle Molner, Jonathan Bower, Bev Heising, Fran Einterz and Ron Greene. 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.

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!


SUNDAY August 11th, 6:30pm

TIME TRAVELER MAGICIAN

Time Traveler Magician is a brand new offering through Fairy Magic Entertainment.
Hahna Luna, the owner and operator of Fairy Magic, is very excited to debut a Magic Show for teens and adults.  Fairy Magic Entertainment has been offering birthday party and magical events for ages 3-9 for a few years and is now expanding out to reach further with a inspiring message.

The Time Traveler Magician delivers a message with regard to inspiring others to believe in miracles, to believe in themselves. When we find what we are most passionate about and build our life style around that, we can be what we are meant to be. Often we need to talk our selves out of self doubt, as we are bombarded through media and culture with all sorts of negativity and limitations. Hahna believes ANYTHING is possible, including living a life of passion and purpose no matter where we come from. Through this innovative performing art medium Hahna’s intention is to inspire others to grab the life they want and live it fully!

What to expect:
– One hour interactive improv comedy Magic Show
– Card Tricks, potions and LIVE animal friends
– Mesmerizing performance that will impress teens and adults alike
– Featuring Wisdom of the ages, past and future through a virtual time machine
Mother Theresa, DaVinci, Einstein, Martin Luther King, and a future elderly Ellen Degeneres

This show will also offer tools in how to nurture a healthy mind body connection as well as re-writing our own story through utilizing positive affirmative statements to self. Let us encourage our selves and others to be our best selves and create a world together where we all matter!


FRIDAY August 16th, 7pm

LEVI BURKLE


SATURDAY August 17th, 7pm

GREG BECK QUARTET


FRIDAY August 23rd, 7pm

BEKAH ZACHRITZ


SATURDAY August 24th, 7pm

FELL FROM THE SKY


SUNDAY August 25th, 2pm

DEREK SMITH BOOK RELEASE


FRIDAY August 30th

PRIVATE EVENT


SATURDAY August 31st, 7pm

RIK WRIGHT’S FUNDAMENTAL FORCES


FRIDAY September 6th, 7pm

BAHIA


SATURDAY September 7th, 7pm

CHOROLOCO


SATURDAY September 13, 7pm

CORREO AEREO


SATURDAY September 14, 7pm

NICK MARDON TRIO


FRIDAY September 20th, 7pm

ANDRE FERIANTE


SATURDAY September 21st, 7pm

JANIE CRIBBS & THE T.RUST BAND


FRIDAY September 27th, 7pm

RICHARD RUSSELL & ANIL PRASAD


SATURDAY September 28th, 7pm

KAREEM KANDI BAND