“Drop It Like Its Ott” is the bands first full length studio album. It will be released on Sydney record label Earshift, run by saxophonist Jeremy Rose.
Band for the launch is the usual six piece augmented with c melody sax and congas.
Matthew Ottignon – saxes, Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Daniel Pliner – keys, Ben Panucci – guitar, Eden Ottignon – bass, Dan Kennedy – drums, Peter Farrar – sax, Aykho Akryff – congas.
The Vampires are no strangers to Venue 505, having played at the venue since the early days in Hibernian House. Since 2008 the band has released four albums and toured relentlessly in Australia and recently to Germany. The music builds on the rich history of piano-less jazz quartets with a unique twist, adopting Reggae, Balkan, Afrobeat and Latin rhythms in unexpected ways. Last chance to catch them before their European tour!
‘…A dubby fanfare from Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett and we are off into the new Vampires album, Tiro – into that unique Vampires place where Ornette Coleman jams at Black Ark, while New York traffic snarls by outside and Bondi surf laps at our (tapping) toes…. Overall Tiro is more blues, more downbeat and definitely more truly beautiful than Garfish. It is a leap, horizontally and vertically, from that 2012 album. The band and the compositions widening and deepening as any great band does as it evolves. – Australian jazz
Jeremy Rose – alto/tenor saxophone + clarinet,Nick Garbett – trumpet,Jonathan Zwartz – bass,Alex Masso – drums and cajon
Check the about page to see some snazzy new individual shots of the band, plus one of the stella band shots made by Joel Pratley. Expect to see his fine touch out in the media leading up to the launch!
Recorded at Bohemian Grove in Sydney on Sep 12, 2012, this was the band’s first performance, and features all covers of Ethiopian music. The band name became Mister Ott some time after the artwork was created for this recording.
The band members for this performance were
Matt Ottignon – tenor sax, flute
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Mick Stuart – guitar
Luke Dubber – keys
Eden Ottignon – bass
Dan Kennedy – drums
Engineer – Mick Stuart (on his portable recording rig)
Mister Ott hits 505 again July 25th!!
After us will be 20th Century Dog: Jazzified Afro and Broke Beat Funk led by Cameron Undy. Will be a fun night. http://www.trybooking.com/FETT
20th Century Dog + Mister Ott
Friday 25 july: Two killer Afro-Funk Jazz bands with a who’s who of local talent
After a sell out show earlier this year ‘The Dog’ are back with there Jazzified Afro and Broke Beat Funk. There studio album ‘Mad Stream’ was described as “Something approaching improvised perfection.” (SMH) Live there is something even more expansive and energetic about this band. This rare blend of odd time danceable grooves and singable melodies is infectious.
We have a massive night planned. Mister Ott will be in extended 8 piece mode with Peter Farrar on sax and Steve Marin on percussion and I’m proud to announce that there will also be four incredible dancers assembled by Fenix Icatu, specialists in dancehall, house, popping etc. We saw Fenix and Miguel last year at 505 and I am very excited to say that Fenix will be back again this time with 3 new dancers in tow.
To kick off the night we have Slowpoke Rodriguez, a band made up of members of the Strides, Watussi and Deep Sea Arcade and featuring trumpeter Ken Allars. If you want to hear what they sound like check their band camp page here
Doors open at 6pm for those who want to have dinner there and get in early for the cocktails! The poster says 7:30pm doors, but they will be open from 6.
NEWSFLASH NEWSFLASH Mister Ott will be making two very special performances in Europe in May. Last minute arrangements are coming together and the band is set to make a big splash on the continent with two big shows in Paris and Amsterdam all with local supports.
Thursday May 29th L’Olympic Cafe 20,rue Leon, 75018 Paris, France with Aron Ottignon and Les Frangin
Friday May 30th in Amsterdam Details to come….
In more local news, Mister Ott has secured Sydney band Slowpoke Rodriguez as support for the bands appearance at 505 June 28th!!! If the last time we played 505 is any thing to go by, it’s looking to be a fantastic night.
“Mister Ott is Sydney’s newest live sensation, an ingenious sextet strutting a heady mix of African inspired jazz and funk, led by superb saxophonist/ composer Matt Ottignon.
This is a six piece band playing original music inspired by the music of East Africa, in particular, of Ethiopia. Under the vibrant guidance of Mathew Ottignon, Mister Ott plays a mixture of original tunes composed by the leader, trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, pianist Daniel Pliner along with some beautiful compositions by Ethiopian saxophone master Getatchew Merkurya and the “father” of Ethiopian jazz Mulatu Astatke.
Matching Mathew Ottignon’s fearless excursions on tenor and baritone sax is one of the most exciting talents on the Sydney music scene, guitarist Ben Panucci.
The music moves from raging torrents of sounds to funk-laced, danceable jazz, to tender ballads of surpassing beauty.
Matt Ottignon (tenor and baritone saxes/flute) Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet)
Daniel Pliner (keyboards) Ben Panucci (guitar) Eden Ottignon (bass) Dan Kennedy (drums)”