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The complete first ever live performance of Mister Ott now up on Bandcamp

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)

Return to 505 with 20th Century Dog : July 25

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.


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.

check it out here


Cameron Undy – Bass

Matt Keegan – Tenor Saxophone

Simon Barker – Drums

Greg Coffin – Keys

Ben Hauptmann – Guitar


Free your mind to the melody and rhythm of Ethiopia in the opening set as Mr Ott’s Eastern mellismatic scales and hypnotic trancelike rhythms go head to head with seriously solid funk grooves.

“The mysterious burst of sonic energy that is Mister OTT is infectious.” Megaphone Oz

“It’s a blast, from start to finish” Sydney Stage



Bookings close at 4pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges

DOORS OPEN AT 6pm for cocktail hour, dining and best seating. (90% seated, 10% standing)
Two sets until 1130pm (approximate)
505 reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time

Venue 505
280 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills
Sydney, NSW 2010


Mister Ott with dancers + Slowpoke Rodriguez + El Chino @ 505 Saturday June 28

505 with dancers lo res

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.

Book tickets now for this Saturday.

To check out the vibe here is a video from last years 505 gig.


Saturday 28th June
Venue 505
280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
doors open from 6:00pm
Slowpoke Rodriguez on at 8:30pm
Mister Ott on at 10:00pm
music till 11:30pm
$15/$10 book tix here

Mister Ott performing Europe in May

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 at Foundry 616

Friday 28th March – 8:30pm

Foundry 616 Harris St, Ultimo


The blurb from the Foundry 616 page:

“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)”

Mister Ott at SIMA

Mister Ott’s first gig for 2014 is Friday 31st January for SIMA

Special guest for the evening is the one and only Mike Nock on piano. 

DATE Friday 31st January 2014
TIME 8.30-11pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $25/$20/$10
(Non-Member, Member, Student)
book online or call 9351 7940

New show at brand new venue

MISTER OTT at JAM GALLERY – Thursday 3rd October 


New venue, Jam Gallery, looks to be a great addition to the scene. It’s a basement room with space and what looks to be a good sound system. Really looking forward to this one.

Jam Gallery, Underground 195 Oxford St Bondi Junction – 3 Sets from 9-12pm

Matt Ottignon – tenor, baritone saxes and flute, Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet, Danny Pliner – keys, Ben Panucci – guitar, Eden Ottignon – bass, Dan Kennedy – drums