Mr Ott at El Horses Nowra

02/04/2022 - EL Horses, Nowra

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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Presented by SIMA

Mister Ott

Acclaimed saxophonist Matthew Ottignon fronts Sydney outfit Mister Ott, merging mesmerising Eastern sounds, tasty horn melodies, tight and popping jazz/funk and hypnotic grooves that drift on the edge of psychedelica.

Mister Ott’s third release “In the Flow” features tripped out dubs by Richie B, Afro-Cuban bata drumming, and styles ranging from future disco, vintage voodoo funk to psychedelic Ethio-jazz. International flavoured jazz tailored for the dance floor.

“It truly is a lesson in how to build, layer and develop tension” – LOUD MOUTH

Matt Ottignon – Tenor, Baritone Sax

Ellen Kirkwood – Trumpet

Ben Panucci – Guitar

Dave Symes – Bass

Carlos Adura – Drums

Daniel Pliner – Keys

This event is supported by SIMA’s Regional Touring Program, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, Create NSW and Australia Council for the Arts.


Mister Ott is a Sydney jazz sextet merging mesmerising eastern sounds, tight jazz funk, hypnotic grooves with melismatic horn lines and high calibre ecstatic solos. Mister Ott takes you on a journey, to another place and time where you lose your self in the music.

With a keen ear and an expansive range of musical experiences, Matthew’s original compositions for his own band, Mister Ott, comprise an amalgamation of melodies from many lands, in particular Ethiopian music, aligned with the free-form improvisation and syncopation for which African-pedigreed jazz is renowned. Mister Ott has three releases, the most recent being ‘In The Flow’ 2021.

Mister Ott comprises Matt Ottignon (tenor and baritone saxes) Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet), Ben Panucci (guitar), Dave Symes (bass), Carlos Adura (drums) and Daniel Pliner (keys).


‘When a brilliant Antipodean jazz musician ventures into a related genre – in this case funk – it’s something to look forward to. This high energy album features superb compositions and writing for the horns, and it’s here that Ottignon truly shines, as only a jazz musician could write such hip, convincing lines” The Weekend Australian ****

“The genres influencing Mister Ott, notably funk, dub and Afrobeat, are significantly defined by specific cities where they developed – often exact districts within them. Beyond the retro aesthetic of its presentation (especially the elegant vinyl release), this album avoids literal homage, ultimately representing one of the world’s most underrated hubs of musical creativity: Sydney’s west side” – Sydney Morning Herald ****