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    Welcome

     

    The Paris Cat has established a reputation as one of Melbourne’s premier jazz clubs and performing arts venues. It has launched the careers of many up and coming Australian jazz artists and hosted an array of outstanding International jazz concerts over the past 8 years. Your support has been crucial in it’s success and we thank you.

    Artistic Director – Serge Carnovale

     

    BUY TICKETS ON LINE….Due to strong public demand the Paris Cat has introduced a new on line booking system powered by ROLLER. This has been introduced to improve our service. For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions regarding bookings and attending one of our shows, please click here to read our FAQ Page. PLEASE NOTE we no longer take phone or email bookings. Simply click BUY TICKETS and enjoy the show.

     

     

     

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    Sam Keevers’ América Do Sul featuring Jacqueline Gawler

    Thursday 27th November 2014

    WELCOME BACK…

    ‘One of the most pleasant surprises of the year comes from [Australia] and her name is Jacqueline Gawler…Her album is a delicious mix of beautiful ballads, world music, mature arrangements and powerful lyrics. Her voice ranges from delicate, almost childlike, to jazzy seductress…’ A Vida De Solteiro (lifestyle magazine), BRAZIL

    ‘Effortlessly fluid vocals….’ The Age

    A member of iconic award-winning vocal outfit Coco’s Lunch, Jacqueline Gawler’s work is sophisticated and earthy, saturated with the sounds of her vast experience as a world citizen musician: rich jazz harmony and Brazilian rhythm, playful poetry and rock n’ roll persuasion, folky wisdom and refined craft. A singer/songwriter/percussionist who has spent time living and recording in Rio de Janeiro with some of Brazil’s finest musicians, Jacqueline’s voice is warm and agile, her energy abundant and her music irresistible. Jacqueline’s acclaimed debut solo album ‘Ambrosia’ reached the Top 20 in the KK Box charts in Asia with over 8 million subscribers.

    ‘A songwriter of intelligence, with a sense of poetry and a love of language…’ Ausjazz Blog

    For nearly twenty years, esteemed Melbourne pianist Sam Keevers together with 2012 Freedman Fellowship Winner Christopher Hale (bass) and Ryan Menezes (drums) have enjoyed a long association through the legendary Melbourne latin-jazz group Los Cabrones – playing music from Cuba, New York and Puerto Rico. Drawing on influences from the Caribbean, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil, this trio will team up with Jacqueline Gawler for this special event, playing songs from Jacqueline’s album ‘Ambrosia’, samba, bossa nova, cha cha and other fiery grooves that will ignite your senses!

    www.jacquelinegawler.com
    www.samkeevers.com

    Jacqueline Gawler: Voice
    Sam Keevers: Piano
    Christopher Hale: Bass
    Ryan Menezis: Drums

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Indie Jazz / Brazilian / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quintet

    Friday 28th November 2014

    WELCOME BACK….

    Nichaud Fitzgibbon is regarded as Jazz royality in the Melbourne Scene. Her repertoire covers a selection from the Great American Songbook and is interwoven with refreshing takes on some pop songs old and new. She swings and grooves with a touch of Bossa and Blues and can melt you with her restraint. Her reputation precedes her as a superb balladeer and her ability to rustle up a boisterious latin tune . She is currently including some original material.

    Line Up Includes:
    Stephen Grant- paino, Hugh Stuckey- Guitar, Scott Lambie drums and Ben Robertson – bass

    A night of swingin Jazz and great songs she is a delightful entertainer and Jazz stylist and one of the great musical treasures of this city.

    ONLY 10 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 28th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Re-imagining Peggy Lee is a new project by seasoned Melbourne jazz musicians Nicola Watson (vocals), Nathan Liow (piano) and Adam Spiegl (bass). Drawing on the diversity of Peggy Lee’s recorded works, from her career beginnings with Benny Goodman’s Big Band to her famed sessions for Capitol and Decca records, the project sees Watson, Liow and Spiegl cast new light on Lee’s work to re-imagine and re-invent melodies, stories and the style of jazz-pop icon Peggy Lee.

    Nicola Watson’s debut album Clear is the Coast was released through Newmarket Music, to critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. Watson’s timeless approach to lyric and melody is complimented by a unique style, with a distinct and commanding vocal ability as a singer and improviser. A 2010 finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Watson has since toured Canada, North America and Japan. Collaborating with Nathan Liow on a new set of jazz works, Watson and Liow released their 2010 debut album entitled Here in the Corner, which received regular airplay on ABC, PBS and RRR. Watson and Liow will join with Melbourne bassist Adam Speigl at the Paris Cat to launch their new project, Reimagining Peggy Lee.

    “When a voice as graceful and poised as this meets a group of songs of this quality, it’s something to be celebrated. “
    ~ Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

    “Watson’s voice is a pleasure.”
    ~ Vijay Khurana, Triple J

    SOLD OUT LIMITED STANDING ROOM TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini Returns

    Saturday 29th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK TAMARA KULDIN…

    Ending Diva month with a bang, Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini whips us musical mayhem for a fabulous Saturday night of sassy swing, coquettish blues & even some Summer salsa!  Currently recording her upcoming CD to be launched at the Paris Cat early next year, Tamara is a  versatile and entertaining songstress with a reputation for having an infectious sense of fun and diverse repertoire of song. Promising to channel the diva within, Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini pays homage to the magnificent likes of Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Doris Day & even Chrissy Hynde. Joining her on stage are the Dirty Martini boys, the fabulous and charming Paul Williamson ( sax/clarinet), Gianni Marinucci (trumpet), Steve Paix (piano), Frank Di Sario (double bass) & Darryn Farrugia (drums).

    ONLY 10 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Alma Mater Are Back!! – Special Early 5pm Showtime

    Saturday 29th November 2014

    SPECIAL EARLY 5PM SHOWTIME….NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Their passion for passionate music brought the members of Alma Mater together. Not long after Yuliya Mik (voice), Julian Scheffer (7-string guitar) and Tiago Brissos (6-string guitar) crossed paths, they quickly seized on the opportunity to bring one of the most proud, dramatic and staunchly guarded musical traditions to Melbourne’s already bustling streets.

    Each member is a distinguished performer in their own right: Julian recently released his most recent album, a guitar duet entitled ‘ao meu lado’, Yuliya leads the eclectic ‘projeto inesperado’, while Tiago’s most recent release is ‘in between places’, a solo guitar recording.

    Alma Mater reawaken the voices of worlds gone by, bringing to life the traditions of Portuguese fado and Brazilian modinha. The music is fiery, gripping, tense, yet surprisingly delicate. With its rare combination of instruments, diverse influences and musical cultures, the group manages to create a faithful yet effervescent sound.

    Following the group’s recent launch with a series of shows at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne’s CBD, Alma Mater have taken to Melbourne’s cosiest hideaways and top music venues.

    Travel back in time with Alma Mater, into a world where delicate beauty and unrefined passion walk hand-in-hand down the snaking corridors of an antique city.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Portuguese Fado / Brazilian Modihna

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    “Olivia Chindamo Quintet” -EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    Saturday 29th November 2014

    Australian vocalist, Olivia Chindamo is a Melbourne based musician who is best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. Her recent win of the Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship at James Morrison’s GIJ Festival ’14 has brought her voice into the spotlight, making her one of Melbourne’s most sought after jazz vocalists. She has since performed numerous sold-out shows, including her Sydney debut with none other than James Morrison himself.

    Often compared to a horn player, at 22 she has already earned the respect of many of her peers and has performed on stages of all sizes, including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Basement (Sydney), Uptown Jazz Cafe, The Paris Cat and Melbourne’s iconic Hamer Hall. Olivia has studied locally and overseas in both Italy and New York where she met and received high commendations from jazz greats such as John Taylor (UK), Diana Torto (ITA), La Tanya Hall (USA), Hilary Kole (USA) and Sheila Jordan (USA).

    Her understanding of harmony is second nature and makes each of her performances uniquely rich and spontaneous.

    Line up TBC…

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The New Impromptu Quartet Are Back!

    Wednesday 03rd December 2014

    WELCOME BACK…

    Melbourne-based The New Impromptu Quartet edition 2014 will be joined by guitarist Mikey Chan, and original band member bassist Conrad Henderson for this performance at Paris Cat Jazz Club.
    Often more than a quartet..

    Exploring a world of styles and influences, the band will be highlighting their original compositions along with re workings of some favorite standards.

    Alexander Nettelbeck-Piano/Keys
    Mikey Chan-Guitar
    Conrad Henderson- Electric Double Bass
    Keith Pereira-Drums

    Funky, Reggaefied, Latin Jazz Grooves And Movie Themed Music Adventures

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Jack Pantazis Group Are Back!

    Thursday 04th December 2014

    Melbourne guitarist Jack Pantazis leads this fusion quartet. Band members John Turcio-keys Adam Spiegl-bass, Lachlan Davidson-sax and brother Gerry-drums perform a selection of well arranged Jazz/fusion compositions. The group will perform songs form their recently released CD.

    Genre – Instrumental Jazz Fusion

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Paul Van Ross – ClaveMania Returns

    Friday 05th December 2014

    Not to be missed…

    Back by popular demand after a sellout show and recently returned from a musical intensive in Cuba, outstanding young saxophonist/composer Paul Van Ross has led many of the most exciting ensembles on the Melbourne jazz scene. This newly formed group will feature all original compositions that combine the deep-rooted traditions of Latin America, a contemporary approach to jazz and an exploration of odd time signatures and compositional nuances.

    Come visit a broad palette of genres including Cuban Timba, Mambo, Argentinian Tango, Afro-Peruvian Festejo, all cross-pollinated with traditional and experimental ingredients of Latin Jazz and the recontextualization of elements from music of other latitudes.

    An All star line-up featuring:
    Paul Van Ross – saxophones / flute
    Jonathan Cohen – piano
    Elizabeth Obando – bass
    Rodolfo “Panga” Hechavarria – percussion
    Damien Ellis – drum set

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Cuban Timba, Mambo, Argentinian Tango, Afro-Peruvian Festejo, Latin Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Triple Treat – Fem Belling, Michelle Nicolle, Bridgette Allan

    Friday 05th December 2014

    SPECIAL 7PM SHOW….

    Three of Melbourne’s finest jazz vocalists Fem Belling, Michelle Nicolle & Bridgette Allan will perform a selection of carefully chosen standards accompanied by legendary jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen, Ivan Rosa-bass and Sonya Horbelt-drums.

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7pm $25


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    Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 06th December 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Award winning Australian six piece ‘Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks’ are hitting the road again this November, fresh from a sold out show at the Melbourne Town Hall for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and a brief European summer tour.

    This east coast spring tour celebrates the band’s sixth release ‘Australiana’, a sparkling collection of Australian tunes by the band and its peers. The album is available through online retailer ‘CD Baby’ and iTunes, as well as being offered at live shows in a bundle with past releases.

    The band’s live show is an intoxicating mix of fresh interpretations of traditional jazz, deep ‘gutbucket’ blues and joyful swing featuring some of the country’s greatest improvisers, presented in a totally spontaneous and improvised stage show. No two shows are ever alike as these award winning Jazz musicians traverse everything from 19th century American folk songs to 21st century Australian music, all with the deepest swing grooves this side of New Orleans!

    “…a night of swinging, down-home dirty bluesy, hollerin’ jazz and it was great. This is a very good band playing music of an era that is variously touching and refreshing and enlivening to visit.” – Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz Blog

    Band leader Leigh Barker has toured Australia extensively both with his own band and with artists such as Tom Vincent and the ‘Hot Jazz Alliance’ (USA). In 2010 he toured the country as support act for jazz superstar Branford Marsalis, which culminated in Leigh performing encores with Branford at the Sydney Opera House and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

    The ‘New Sheiks’ touring band features Leigh on the double bass, 2011 winner of the Vic/Tas Blues Awards (Best Female Artist, Best Debut Album) Heather Stewart on lead vocals and violin, National Jazz Award winner Eamon McNelis on trumpet, Don Stewart on Trombone, Matt Boden on Piano and Piano Accordion, and Sam Young on drums.

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    “I know I’m going to DJ that version of (The New Sheiks’) ‘Sales Tax’ over and over and over again, until dancers confiscate my laptop.” – Sam Carroll, Swing Dance blogger and DJ

    Leigh Barker – Double Bass
    Heather Stewart – Violin and Vocals
    Eamon McNelis – Trumpet and Vocals
    Don Stewart – Trombone and Vocals
    Sam Young – Drums and Vocals
    Matt Boden – Piano

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Trad Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Craig Smith Quintet

    Saturday 06th December 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    “The Craig Smith Quintet is made up of a versatile group of musicians who (for some) have been playing together for twenty years. The combination of long time friendships in the band and their love of the many facets of the jazz genre brings to the performances a compassion and empathy for both musical expression and entertainment. The repertoire involves swing and latin tunes with a bebop influence on the instrumentals. The individual players in the Craig Smith Quintet are also seasoned improvisers who have performed in and around the Melbourne Jazz scene for many years.”

    Line up:
    Craig Smith – Piano/Trumpet/Trombone
    Phil Reichman – Saxophone/Piano
    Andy Gordon – Guitar
    David Atkins – Drums
    Barney Loveland – Acoustic Bass

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    EMILY GRANT – EP Launch “TURNING AROUND” 2014

    Sunday 07th December 2014

    SPECIAL 6PM SHOWTIME…..

    EMILY COYLE: PIANO, VOCALS
    GRANT STAINES: GUITAR

    “Musical sophistication, individuality, diversity and a touch of simplicity all tastefully infused into an impressive whole. By the third play through … I was hooked” feature track review, bandcamp; so reads an early review of ‘Turning Around’; the latest release from EMILY GRANT; the unlikely but formidable duo of classically trained pianist Emily Coyle (piano, vocals) and rock loving guitarist Grant Staines.

    Engineered by the award winning team of Kieran Kenderessy (“Birds of Toyko”) and King Willy (Goyte, Emma Louise), this latest release consolidates EMILY GRANT’s reputation for conjuring up magical and compelling songs through an evocative libretti underpinned by an “eclectic, complex yet accessible style which effortlessly mixes elements of classical, funk, blues, rock, pop and jazz” X-press magazine. The diversity of their musical influences is evidenced not only through their compositions, but by the variety of stages these two artists have graced (from the Sydney Opera house to the Edinburgh Fringe) and the breadth of their musical collaborations which bends from Jazz alumni such as Helen Matthews to electronica artists of London’s dance music kingdom “Ministry of Sound’.

    Having returned from a 2014 summer tour of New York, Paris and Berlin EMILY GRANT are launching their EP in Australia, with an opening night concert at the PARIS CAT (Melbourne) in December 2014. Don’t be fooled by the stripped back musical resources of this ensemble, as witnessing Staines’ “buckley-esque guitar work” X-PRESS MAGAZINE and Coyle’s ‘soaring vocals’ HYPE MAGAZINE alongside her ivory pounding skill at the piano will leave you wondering if you haven’t just spent a night at the symphony.

    Access to the EP and further dates of the “Turning Around’ Tour will be available through emilygrant.com.au.

    Genre – Classical, Baroque, R&B, World Music, Jazz, Funk, Folk…& everything in between!

    Show time – 6pm $15


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    Luke Howard Trio

    Wednesday 10th December 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    An infrequent gig for the Luke Howard Trio, with Daniel Farrugia-drums and Jonathan Zion-bass. They will play music from their 2010 album The Meadowlands along with some new compositions. Luke has recently returned from Reykjavik and in addition to the trio is composing for the Luke Howard Ensemble and Magnolia. Between the three of them they have performed with the Grigoryan brothers, Maddy Hay, Missy Higgens, Loir, Ian Moss, Doug Parkinson and the Melbourne Symphony, amongst many others.

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    La Nuit Blanche Premiere – Early 7pm Show

    Wednesday 10th December 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Une nuit blanche refers to a ‘sleepless night’ – be it from merriment and partying, or from heartbreak and despair.

    This new collaboration of amazing Australian musicians cover French repertoire from chanson, to gypsy jazz, bossa and modern French with a distinctively Melbourne twist will be debuting this summer at a range of gigs.

    The band features a stellar lineup of musicians, featuring:
    Julian Banks – Saxophone and Clarinet
    Enzo Ruberto – Double Bass
    Salvatore Greco – Accordion
    James Gilligan – Guitar & Bass Guitar
    James Hauptmann – Percussion
    Raleigh Williams – Vocals

    Plus other not-to-be-missed special guests on the night.

    Special early 7pm gig time!

    Genre – Chanson/Gypsy Jazz/Bossa/Modern French with a Melbourne Twist…

    Show time – 7pm $15


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    “Try a little Jen de Ness” Jazz Kabaret (Perth)

    Thursday 11th December 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Perth Jazz singer and composer Jen De Ness is back from her London Tour to entertain for the first time at Paris Cat Jazz Club with her world-class show, “Try a little Jen de Ness!”

    Jen de Ness returns to Paris Cat for another entertaining show of classic Jazz, smooth bossanova and  her own brand of Jazz Kabaret.
    .Jen’s smooth and  sultry voice  is supported by sweet jazz grooves and slick playing from wonderfully talented local  and interstate Jazz musicians.
    Enjoy a  relaxed and entertaining night of soulful music, swinging fun and cabaret storytelling for your Thursday night pleasure!

    “Jen de Ness is an absolute tour de force! Sultry, scintillating and completely mesmerising.”
    Pheasantry Club LONDON
    “Jen impressed us all at The Crazy Coqs in London – her musicality, her humour – she gets it, and she knows how to entertain an audience. She has a delicious voice, and a sexy boa to match! We can’t wait for her return!
    Harold Sanditen, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, LONDON
    “Jen’s enjoyment is evident in every song she sings.  I love her relaxed mood, her openness and the way she takes the audience to other places”  Ellington Jazz Club Fan July 2014
    “Join the fabulous Jen de Ness performing some super cool nu-jazz and eva so sexy French Kabaret……. catch them if you can =a totally class act.” Leigh Jarrett, Pan Intetnational 2011 Events Manager
    “A stand-out hit and big crowd-pleaser for the Subiaco Summer Concert Series” Scoop Magazine, City of Subiaco.
    “ Jen de Ness has been singing and songwriting for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the worlds finest jazz musicians to compose an array of original jazz songs and new versions of existing favourites for your listening pleasure”

    The musicans names are:
    Jen de Ness: Vocals
    Bill Atkinson: Guitar
    Andy Ross: Double Bass
    David Allardice: Piano
    Sharkey Ramos: Drums

     

    For more information and to hear songs and videos go to:
    http://www.jendeness.com
    http://www.reverbnation.com/deness

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Bella Wolf – Special 7pm Showtime

    Thursday 11th December 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Bella Wolf is a fresh new Melbourne-based quartet made up of past and present VCA students. Featuring the compositions of Erica Tucceri, Bella Wolf draws on an eclectic blend of latin, classical and jazz influences. Slipping comfortably from clave driven rhythms to lyrical melodies, many of Bella Wolf’s compositions were premiered this year at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2014 (Indonesia) to enthusiastic reviews. For this special performance – also Bella Wolf’s final performance for 2014 – the band will be joined by the talented Fabian Acuna on trumpet, and Rohan Dasika on double bass. This will be a special night, not to be missed!

    Featuring:
    Erica Tucceri – Flute
    Selene Messinis – Piano
    Tommy Harrison – Drums
    Fabian Acuna – Trumpet
    Rohan Dasika – Double Bass

    For more info, head to:
    www.facebook.com/BellaWolfMusic
    www.ericatucceri.com

    Genre – Latin / Classical / Jazz

    Show time – 7pm $15


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    Panorama Brasil – featuring Jacq Gawler & Doug de Vries [7-30pm Early Show]

    Friday 12th December 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Gawler and de Vries are amongst the very best Brazilian music interpreters, and they’ll be joined onstage by Melbourne powerhouse Panorama Brasil. Led by Alastair Kerr (recognised as one of Australia’s best exponents of Brazilian percussion), Panorama Brasil perform music from across Brazil, as well as new works written by Australian and Brazilian composers.

    Jacq Gawler – voice
    Doug de Vries – guitar/voice
    Alastair Kerr – drums/percussion
    Asha Henfry – flute
    Al Parsons – trombone
    Matt Boden – piano
    James Gilligan  – bass

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    The Randy Anderson

    Friday 12th December 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND NOT TO BE MISSED…

    The Randy Anderson are an interactive powerhouse playing the music you need to hear. Projecting a unique brand of funk energy into the ears of enthusiastic listeners, these are 8 passionate creators dedicated to bringing their A-Game.

    Think Snarky Puppy meets Jimmy Smith, Maceo Parker sipping whisky with Dwele, or Herbie Hancock on a date with Erykah Badu.

    Presenting a combination of original material and soulful arrangements, The Randy Anderson boast credentials as wide as Cee-Lo Green, The Bamboos, Fred Wesley, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.
    All aboard, the Randy train is coming for you.

    Line-up
    Drums – Andy Fisenden
    Bass – Simon Fisenden
    Guitar – Mat Fagan
    Rhodes/Moog – Lewis Moody
    Hammond Organ – Kim Kelaart
    The Randy Horns:
    Trumpet – Ross Irwin
    Alto/Tenor Sax – Remco Keijzer
    Valve Trombone – Andrew Murray

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ‘Shelley Segal’ – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 13th December 2014

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

    Recently returned from a UK tour, Enchanting Melbourne songstress Shelley Segal will be playing her third show at the Paris Cat. The performance will include songs from her past three albums as well as some new material and beloved covers.

    “Enchanting, knowing croon … with brilliant pop melodies” -Beat Magazine
    “Shelley’s vocals are something else” -DJ Carl Cox
    “Mecurial voice and eclectic sound” -The Brag (Sydney)

    Shelley’s third release, ‘An Easy Escape’ brings a cool indie-folk vibe to her musings. The album was recorded in Brit Row studios (Pink Floyd’s old studio) in London and was produced by Tom Nichols (All Saints, Kylie, Celine Dion, Tina Arena).

    Last year Segal teamed up with talented US guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Ani Difranco) to create ‘Little March,’ an enchanting and delicate collection of jazzy, bluesy folk tunes.

    2012 saw the release of her forthright, ‘An Atheist Album’ highlighting her versatility as a singer and song writer. The folk-pop protest record embodies Segal’s thoughts on religion and quickly made her “a new pin-up girl for the international atheist movement.” (Barny Zwartz -The Age)

    Segal grew up in a musical household. She began singing at the age of three, then writing and performing at eleven. Joining her father’s Jewish wedding band early on provided her with an ease and enjoyment performing and writing across a broad range of styles including pop, folk, jazz, blues, rock and reggae. Intimate, story-telling and biographical lyrics are what unifies Segal’s song-writing across genres.

    Her influences include strong story tellers such as Alanis Morisette and Ani Difranco as well as stunning voices like Jewel and the virtuosic Katie Noonan.

    Next year Shelley will be releasing her fifth recording, an EP with local producer Robert Upward recorded at Birdland Studios

    Shelley will be joined on stage by local powerhouses
    Haydn Meggit on Drums
    Rod Bustos on Bass
    Adam Rigley on Piano

    Genre – Folk / Jazz / Blues / Reggae & Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors + STRING QUARTET

    Saturday 13th December 2014

    Alinta and the Jazz Emperors – a soulful band with enticing jazz grooves, infectious sense of humor and extended joy-infused improvisations. They’re five very fine musicians that is always more than the sum of it’s parts. Alinta is a stunning and charismatic singer who starred in many musicals such as West Side Story, Dusty Springfield and Mamma Mia! and has recently been awarded her second Greenroom Award.

    This exciting project was born when Roger Young, a prominent violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, approached us for a collaboration.

    Dutch Tenor saxophonist Remco Keijzer and Roger Young have created beautiful arrangements that will have your hearts strung by strings accompanied by seamless grooves from The Jazz Emperors. We present a exclusive sound that integrates both jazz, contemporary and classical music.

    The Jazz Emperors have grown into a nine piece orchestra that is unique in Australia. We will take you on an eclectic listening journey from original compositions to Radiohead, Adele, Shirley Bassey, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and many more.

    Line-up
    Alinta Chidzey : Vocals
    Remco Keijzer : Tenor/Soprano Sax
    Sam Keevers : Piano
    Tom Lee : Bass
    Darryn Farrugia : Drums
    Roger Young : Violin
    Tim Veldman ; Violin
    Jason Bunn : Viola
    Paul Ghica ; Cello.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – GENRE

    Show time – 9.30pm $30


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    James Osborne Jazz Collective

    Wednesday 17th December 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

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    Brae Grimes-trumpet
    Christohpe Genoux-sax
    David Dower-piano
    Kim May-bass

    The Jazz Collective is an ensemble of talented Melbourne musicians led by Canadian drummer James Osborne. The group plays an energetic mix of original compositions and adapted standards in a blend of modern (mostly) acoustic jazz. You may hear Monk, Motown and possibly Jimi Hendrix.

    Genre – Acoustic Jazz / Motown / Soul

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 18th December 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Movement 9 presents an intoxicating mix of jazz, funk and Latin music, featuring the compositions of Joe McEvilly performed by Melbourne’s next generation of improvising musicians. After launching their debut album WINGS in 2013, they are bringing their fine-tuned combination of muscular brass and intimate arrangements back to the Paris Cat, in a gig that will feature brand-new tunes alongside classics.

    “A striking collection” ★★★★ — John McBeath, The Weekend Australian

    Joe McEvilly – alto sax
    Paul Cornelius – tenor sax
    Nick McCusker – baritone sax
    Tom Sly – trumpet
    Niran Dasika – trumpet
    Nick Pietsch – trombone
    Joel Trigg – keys
    Jordan Tarento – double/electric bass
    James Milic – drums

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Allira Wilson (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 19th December 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Allira Wilson’s ‘Rise and Fall’ won best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Bell Awards.

    Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’.

    Her music combines jazz harmony with a contemporary edge and a soulful dynamic. Endowed with a powerful voice, her innovative twists and youthful approach revitalize not only the music, but creates a distinctive and fresh sound.

    Allira Wilson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was the winner of the Melville Toyota Scholorship for 2010. Allira was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2012.

    She has performed regularly with her own projects as well as Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Mace Francis Orchestra, Alice Humphries Ecila and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). She represented WAAPA and toured China in 2010 as well as performing at 2010’s Wangarrata Jazz Festival in Victoria.

    Allira has been featured on composer Alice Humphries’ Album ECILA and Rick Websters, the Rick Webster Project. Allira released her first album ‘Rise and Fall’ in December 2013, recording with Sam Anning, Ben Vanderwal, Tal Cohen, Christopher Sealey and Jamie Oehlers. ‘Rise and Fall’ was launched in February 2014 at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.

    Allira is a member of Gian Slater’s vocal ensemble, Invenio, who recently toured the East Coast of Australia, launching their album Clarion/Whisper. Allira Wilson’s ‘Rise and Fall’ won best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Bell Awards. Allira has just returned from performing at the Perth International Jazz Festival and is working on new music and planning a tour at the end of the year.

    Line Up:
    Joseph O’Connor- Piano
    Jacob Evans- Drums
    Marty Holoubek- Bass

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Soul

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Griff’s Gravy Train (PARIS CAT DEBUT)

    Friday 19th December 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    Get back to the Chitlin Circuit with guitar and hammond organ soaked bop, blues and funk. Guitarist Ryan Griffith leads this quartet of stirling gents through a repertoire of originals and selected tunes from the likes of George Benson, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino.

    Ryan has a long association with this style having played alongside well-known Japanese organist Atsuko Hashimoto (Lou Donaldon, Randy Johnston). His articulate blues infused lines put the guitar up front and centre, taking the audience back to an era where soul and bebop fused.

    Joined by Melbourne stalwarts Kim Kelart (hammond organ), Mark Elton (bass) and Aaron McCullough (drums) this group is sure to entertain and will particularly delight guitar and hammond enthusiasts.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Exquisite singer and jazz raconteur Kimba Griffith will join the Gravy Train tonight with vocal numbers that evoke the wild women of jazz.

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Bop / Blues / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Sexteto Zona Sul [Early 7.30pm show]

    Saturday 20th December 2014

    Sexteto Zona Sul are back….

    Drawing on the rich repertoire of Brazilian Choro Sexteto Zona Sul is a Melbourne combo put together by Doug de Vries, a leading exponent of this mostly instrumental music, featuring classic compositions by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha and new original works in this ever expanding genre that combines polka and samba with virtuosity and ingenuity.

    Doug de Vries – mandolin, tenor guitar
    Asha Henfry – flute, alto flute
    Adam May – cavaquinho
    Ken Murray – guitar
    Corey King – 7-string guitar
    Al Kerr – Pandeiro

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Choro

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Furbelows

    Saturday 20th December 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Combining close harmony vocals with a hot club swing rhythm section, The Furbelows unite two of the most popular jazz styles of the 1930’s.

    The band features Kelsey James vocals, Lisa Salvo vocals, Georgie Darvidis vocals, Jon Delaney guitar, Sam O’Halloran guitar and Arlene Fletcher double bass.

    Inspired by groups such as The Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters and the The Boswell Sisters, these ladies delightfully croon the songs of yesteryear while the gentlemen let loose with their guitars in a fiery gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt.

    The ultimate 1930’s party band.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    The Paris Cat – Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy Festive Season.

    Sunday 21st December 2014

    Management would like to thank our staff and patrons for your wonderful support this year and look forward to presenting our 2015 Jazz Program. Please take care over the festive season and note that the club will be closed from Sun Dec 21st and will re-open on Thursday Jan 8th – 2015.