“A world-class songwriter- performer…with a polished vocal style and songs of substance.”
Steve Wagner ~ American Songwriter

Kiki Ebsen is a versatile performing artist who has built an exciting career as a main stage performer, recording artist and sought after keyboardist. She sings, plays, acts, writes, dances and produces shows and recordings that showcase her unique storytelling talents. As a keyboardist and singer, Kiki has performed with some of the greats in the business including Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Al Jarreau and Christopher Cross. Kiki is an engaging singer and songwriter with several original records to her name. She also created her Joni Mitchell Project to pay respect to one of her favorite singer/songwriters and performs it regularly. She has recorded nine records and her latest “Fill Me Up”, a collection of original songs, is available now at her music store with proceeds to benefit The Healing Equine Ranch 501(c)3. Kiki is the daughter of the iconic actor Buddy Ebsen and she has created and performed several tributes in his honor. Her newest one woman show, “My Buddy, The Other Side of oz” debuting this year, is filled with heart warming stories and memories of Hollywood's Golden Age.  Read more…

Songwriters at Play presents an intimate house concert in the Avila Beach area featuring Kiki Ebsen, a dynamic singer, songwriter, musician and artist whose vast musical range combines elements of jazz, pop, classical and rock. Show begins at 2pm on Sat. Feb. 24 (we'll send you the address and more details after you buy tickets). Tickets are $20 general admission.

Videos: Kiki original, https://youtu.be/4lcYwNYI1QM?si=k4yXmE4g2SCw3avk

"My Buddy" performance, https://youtu.be/-qGh_TIL1to?si=MtUwEL0JxX6zA_ub

Joni covers, https://youtu.be/OIDtejGmHIQ?si=3IMTrHOjG69zx5Fg

Artist website: https://kikiebsen.com/

Whether singing standards from the Great American songbook, classic rock covers or her own original compositions, Kiki has a style that is uniquely her own. For over 20 years, Ebsen was heralded as a talented vocalist and gifted keyboard player, supporting Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artists, including Al Jarreau, Tracy Chapman, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs. The youngest daughter born into a famous Hollywood family (her father is Buddy Ebsen, best known as Jed Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies”), Kiki created a multimedia jazz/cabaret revue, "My Buddy, The Other Side of Oz." She also formed the "Joni Mitchell Project," a collection of top Los Angeles players that perform a wide variety of songs penned by the iconic Joni Mitchell.

Kiki has played numerous Songwriters at Play events, and other Central Coast venues. Last fall, she sang with her trio at the Paso Robles jazz club, Libretto, and also brought "My Buddy, The Other Side of Oz" to the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre. This is the first Songwriters at Play house concert in the Avila Beach area, but we also produce events in Cambria, Cayucos, and Solvang. More info about Songwriters at Play: www.songwritersatplay.com

(we'll send you the address and more details after you buy tickets). Tickets are $20 general admission.

Join us for an evening of music celebrating the music of the greatest jazz & pop vocalist of our generation Al Jarreau. Al was at the height of his career in the 1980's. after the success of his multi platinum records Breaking Away and Jarreau which included his international hit songs We're in this Love together, Morning , Spain , Roof Garden and more . Since his passing a few years ago we have always wanted to recreate the magic of those years seen by millions of fans around the world . We have assembled one of his greatest band of musicians consisting of keyboardist Neil Larsen, Drummer Tris Imboden , Bassist Freddie Washington, keyboardist Vocalist Kiki Ebsen, Guitarist Felicia Collins , Percussionist Lenny Castro Trumpet man Michael Patches Stewart and sax man Michael Paulo. Joining them will be vocalist Chris Walker who spent almost two Decades touring with Al as his bassist, singer and MD. Chris's voice and mannerisms are the closest to Al. Al's influence on his vocals will be apparent from note one. Every band member went on to success in tier own careers , Tris Imboden became the drummer fro Chicago and spent 25 years with the band. Neil Larsen who had his own success as a solo artist went on to tour with Leonard Cohen and continued to record and write for artists such as Kenny Loggins, George Benson , Gregg Allman, George Harrison and more. Felicia went on to be the guitarist on the David Letterman show for the shows duration. Ready Freddie Washington went on to be the bassist for the super band Steely Dan and is currently a member of the band, As a composer he is known for the composition "Forget me nots ". Hi is a bass icon influencing many young generations os bass players and currently teaches bass at the esteemed USC school of music, Kiki Ebsen has gone on to her own solo career and currently tours with her own band Michael Patches Stewart enjoyed his own solo career releasing four solo releases on his own and currently tours world wide with smooth jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson. Lenny Castro is undoubtedly the most sought after percussionist in the world and also a member of the band Toto. His credits are too numerous to list. You can check them out here https://www.hardhnds.com/. Michael Paulo was Al's sax man and featured soloist for over 10 years . He went on to record 12 solo records and is also the producer of Grooves at The Westin . Please join us for a magical evening and celebrate and live the music of an American Jazz icon Al Jarreau with his reunion band . This will be a very special evening with the musicians that made the music happen with Al.

$125 Front Row sponsor reserved table seats. $85 Second row reserved table seats. $75 Third row reserved table seats. $70 Gold reserved seats. $60 General Admission seats

A SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION! TWO SHOWS ONLY!

"My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz” is a heartfelt cabaret-style jazz show featuring singer, pianist and storyteller Kiki Ebsen.

“If you enjoy witty storytelling, celebrity insider nostalgia and exquisite musical arrangements, then Kiki Ebsen’s My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz was custom made for you.” 
 ~Cabaret Scenes



Buddy Ebsen’s career spanned seven decades. Kiki, Buddy’s sixth daughter, shares a unique prospective on growing up in a show business family. Already fifty years old when Kiki was born, Buddy’ s musical dreams for his daughter were vastly different from the path she had chose for herself. That created a tension that separated them early on in her career as she went in search of her own voice. The ultimate reconnection at the end is inspiring and heartwarming. Though out the journey you’ll hear key stories about his ups and downs in entertainment and of course you will hear, in Buddy’s words, the story of what actually happened to him while filming “The Wizard of Oz.”


Backed by seasoned jazz musicians, the show features standards from the Great American Songbook. Recorded originally on her critically acclaimed, "Scarecrow Sessions" CD released on Father's Day 2014, each song sparks a different part of her father's life and career on stage and on screen. Further augmented by family pictures and nostalgic video clips, "My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz” takes historical and personal look back at an American icon that brought so many smiles to people's faces before he became a household name on The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones. Family friendly. No age limit.

Tickets go on sale soon!

A SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION! TWO SHOWS ONLY!

"My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz” is a heartfelt cabaret-style jazz show featuring singer, pianist and storyteller Kiki Ebsen.

“If you enjoy witty storytelling, celebrity insider nostalgia and exquisite musical arrangements, then Kiki Ebsen’s My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz was custom made for you.” 
 ~Cabaret Scenes



Buddy Ebsen’s career spanned seven decades. Kiki, Buddy’s sixth daughter, shares a unique prospective on growing up in a show business family. Already fifty years old when Kiki was born, Buddy’ s musical dreams for his daughter were vastly different from the path she had chose for herself. That created a tension that separated them early on in her career as she went in search of her own voice. The ultimate reconnection at the end is inspiring and heartwarming. Though out the journey you’ll hear key stories about his ups and downs in entertainment and of course you will hear, in Buddy’s words, the story of what actually happened to him while filming “The Wizard of Oz.”


Backed by seasoned jazz musicians, the show features standards from the Great American Songbook. Recorded originally on her critically acclaimed, "Scarecrow Sessions" CD released on Father's Day 2014, each song sparks a different part of her father's life and career on stage and on screen. Further augmented by family pictures and nostalgic video clips, "My Buddy: The Other Side of Oz” takes historical and personal look back at an American icon that brought so many smiles to people's faces before he became a household name on The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones. Family friendly. No age limit.

Tickets go on sale soon!

In the news

IN THE NEWS...

Kiki's songs re-discovered after 40 years!

In 1983, while attending the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, I was on a deep dive exploring the sounds and textures of music composition. Surrounded by an array of analog synths, sequencers and drums machines, my tiny dorm room was crowded with Oberheim, Sequential Circuits and Yamaha electronics. My Teac A440 4 track reel-to-reel tape machine was always ready to capture my ideas as quickly as they surfaced. 

It was somewhere during that time that the song "Dreaming" was conceived.  Upon graduation in 1985, I went into 41B Recorders, a well known LA area 48 track recording studio and recorded "Dreaming" on a grander scale. At the urging of my college roommate, I entered the song in The American Collegiate Showcase, a live competition that discovered comic Sinbad and others. (think America's Got Talent). 

I made it to the national finals, held in Los Angeles, CA and, in front of a live audience, host Mary Hart and judges, that included Ned Beatty and Jerry Mathers, won the title "College Entertainer of the Year" in 1986.

"Dreaming" was pressed into a handful of vinyl records for promotion, but because of the demand for my services as a singer, keyboardist and synthesist, my solo career was put on hold. I hit the road as a sideman on world-wide tours with major acts like Chicago, Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Christopher Cross and Tracy Chapman. Seven years passed before I went back into the studio to record my first full length CD "Red". The "Dreaming" 45s and all the other songs I wrote during college went into a box for decades never to be listened to again... until now. 

Earlier this year, a vinyl 45 of "Dreaming" surfaced in a record store where it was discovered by a rep from the Numero Group, a record label that specializes in finding quality unreleased music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They loved the rich analog sounds and electronic production of "Dreaming" and immediately recognized it as an 80s gem. We signed a licensing deal for "Dreaming", as well several more of my songs from that era, to be released over the coming months. It's thrilling to be "re-discovered" and I couldn't be happier to present these beautiful songs to the world almost 40 years later. 

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