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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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    The Jack Earle Sextet

    Wednesday 22nd October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND..

    The Jack Earle Sextet is a smaller incarnation of the 18 piece Jack Earle Big Band that regularly plays in jazz venues around Melbourne. Specialising in Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Swing and Bebop they cover a broad range of styles to ensure a wonderfully entertaining and varied evening of music. The ensemble is led by 18 year old Jack Earle, fresh out of high school, who has a keen interest in all things musical, and all of the music heard in the evening is either composed or arranged by him. Premiers of new compositions and arrangements are regular, so make sure you don’t miss a gig!
    We feature the fabulous Rose Muller on vocals, singing well known favourites, as well as different interpretations of old and new tunes, which adds to the interest and laid back fun of the evening.
    Hope to see you there!!!!

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Fusion / Swing / Bebop

    Show time – 9 pm $20


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    Jack Pantazis Group Are Back!

    Thursday 23rd October 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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    Annemarie Sharry’s Madamshazz – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 24th October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    With her sweetly sophisticated singing Annemarie bravely leads a collection of Melbourne’s premier Jazz and Roots misfits:
    Bob Sedergreen – keyboards and shiraz
    Dale Lindrea – tenor guitar and beats
    Christophe “He’s French” Geneoux- reeds and mouth percussion
    Taking a well worn Bossa Nova book lavished with 60’s ballads and a happy handful of cabaret pizzazz this delightful quartet is far from a typical Melbourne Jazz experience…

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Randy Anderson

    Friday 24th October 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

    ONLY 20 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Hetty Kate & Nick Mulder Band

    Saturday 25th October 2014

    Join Hetty Kate as she presents a special evening of swinging tunes from her recent release ‘Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate’ alongside co-conspirator, trombonist Nick Mulder. The album was successfully crowd-funded and recorded in New York last year, and is lovingly crafted to get your toes tapping and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Taking inspiration from Rose Murphy, Una Mae Carlisle and rarities from Peggy Lee, the music swings hard and shines a light on little heard tunes from the 1930s and 40s. Promising to be a high energy evening woven with songs of love and revenge, why not come along and see why Hetty is one of Australia’s most popular swing singers for the lindy-hop and swing dance communities.

    For this performance Hetty Kate will be joined by Nick Mulder (trombone), Gianni Marinucci (trumpet), Doug De Vries (guitar), Frank Di Sario (double bass), Jon Hunt (Clarinet) and Andrew Swann (drums).

    “Like Peggy Lee on a Vespa” Marc Myers, Jazzwax USA 2012

    SOLD OUT LIMITED STANDING ROOM TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR…

    Genre – Straight-ahead / Swing / Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Saturday 25th October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Elder statesman meets young maverick as pianists Bob Sedergreen and Adam Rudegeair join forces to create a cross-generational jazz party that celebrates the intensity and spirit of New Orleans!
    Adam and Bob are returning to the Paris Cat for a smashing third instalment of Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street, putting their unique spins on a dynamic selection of standards, blues, and originals! If you like your jazz spontaneous, joyful, and swinging, don’t miss this! Also featuring Adam Spiegl on bass and Thom Mitchell on drums.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘MAY’ – SUNDAY NIGHT – Single // Film Clip Launch

    Sunday 26th October 2014

    SPECIAL 8PM SHOWTIME

    INTRODUCING ‘MAY’…

    Signed to Columbia Records in Europe at the age of 21, prodigious chanteuse, MAY, has been heralded as”One of the hottest things to see, hear and read” by Harper’s Bazaar, and as “A singer too young to be this good” by ABC’s Limelight Magazine. With her celestial voice and hauntingly beautiful melodies, the Australian musical talent returns home for one show this Spring to celebrate the release of her brand new single, ‘Sunday Night’.

    “A-­Grade Cinematic Pop” – Lachie Macara, Triple J
    “A worship worthy singer and spirit” – City of Tenants (USA)
    “The tone in MAY’s possession is absolutely pristine, her songwriting is poetry, her backing instrumentation is elegant and she’s pretty much the complete package for lovers of contemporary soul.” – Hilly Dilly (USA)

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    ONLY 12 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Cinematic Pop

    Show time – 8pm $25


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    Josh Kelly Trio (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 29th October 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    Young accomplished saxophonist Josh Kelly (from Yellowbird and New Melbourne Jazz Band), performs this night only in the context of saxophone trio, exploring the music of Duke Ellington. The trio aims to strip back Ellington’s compositions to their bare bones and find out what is possible when arranging them for just saxophone, bass and drums. Can the power, intensity and force of Ellington’s big band writing be transmitted by just a trio?
    At only 22 years of age, Josh is quickly establishing himself as a unique voice on the alto saxophone in Melbourne. Do not miss your one and only chance to hear him perform the music of Duke Ellington in this fascinating context.

    For more information, see www.joshkellymusic.com

    Featuring:
    Josh Kelly – Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
    Oscar Neyland – Double Bass
    Joseph Batroney – Drum Kit

    Genre – Jazz / Bebop / Ellington

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    AUDREY POWNE QUARTET

    Thursday 30th October 2014

    WELCOME BACK AUDREY!

    Evocative of the swinging 60’s when Ella, Louis and Frank roamed the airways freely Trumpeter/Vocalist Audrey Powne and her quintet play your favourite old tunes in a hard hitting and hard swinging fashion. Known to Melbourne soul fans for fronting The Do Yo Thangs and stalwart groove outfit the OMG’s or to Trumpet enthusiasts as the resident trumpeteer for the likes of The Bedroom Philsopher and The Tiger and me. In 2011 at the age of 21 Audrey was awarded the James Morrison Jazz Prize as part of the Melbourne International Brass Festival. Having studied and performed with some of the worlds leading jazz musicians including Terence Blanchard, James Morrison, Don Burrows and Leroy Jones, Audrey Powne delivers polished, sophisticated vocals and soaring Trumpet solos.
    In this outing she will be joined by 2013 National Jazz Awards finalist and right hand man, James Bowers on the Piano, Jonathan Brown on Bass and Drummer Jacob Evans

    Genre – Jazz / Swing Standards

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Anna Gilkison – (7.30pm Early Show)

    Friday 31st October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    The Paris Cat welcomes back Anna Gilkison, one of Melbourne’s favourite chanteuses.
    Anna is an established jazz singer whose haunting tones and evocative interpretation of jazz repertoire touches the hearts of fans and novices alike, and leaves audiences wanting more.
    Joined by Alistair McLean on guitar, Paul Van Ross on Sax and Bassist Kain Borlase. Anna will sing an exciting mix of jazz standards and original tunes featured on her latest album, “I Should Care”.

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    ‘Sukaro Gypsy Jazz Band’ Are Back!

    Friday 31st October 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Sukaro has been intoxicating Melbourne audiences on the street and in various functions, cafes and bars with their high-spirited, high-energy gypsy swing. The band consists of Joseph Tallosi on violin, Roman Syrek on piano accordion, Alex Yarosh on guitar and Andy Ross on double bass, allowing a mixture of gypsy swing, jazz standards, French waltzes and chansons and the occasional tango. All of the members of Sukaro have a long history in the music scene in Melbourne and internationally and the band members represent a cross-section of cultures and musical influences.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Panorama Brasil – Stone Flower: a Jobim Tribute feat. Diana Clark & Doug de Vries [7-30pm Early Show]

    Saturday 01st November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    For Paris Cat’s annual Diva Month, Diana Clark joins Panorama Brasil, presenting a special blend of Portuguese and English song, journeying through Antonio Carlos Jobim’s masterpieces & classics. You’ll hear suave vocal duets with Clark and partner (brilliant guitarist) Doug de Vries, as well as a preview of Brazilian-inspired originals from Diana’s new album The Other Side of the Girl.
    Clark 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.

    Diana Clark – voice

    Doug de Vries – guitar/voice

    Alastair Kerr – drums/percussion

    Asha Henfry – flute

    Al Parsons – trombone

    Matt Boden – piano

    Jorge Albuquerque – bass

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    The Furbelows

    Saturday 01st November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    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.

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ‘RALEIGH’ – SOUL SESSION (Special 8pm Showtime)

    Wednesday 05th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    Raleigh Williams is thrilled to return to the Paris Cat after 4 sold out shows this year, particularly during November’s ‘Diva Month’. This time, the band has hand-picked favourite soul and r’n’n tunes to revisit and rework, some in surprising ways.

    Years of experience performing both in Australia and internationally (Italy, Turkey, France), as well as studying with some of the world’s finest vocal coaches, has delivered Williams a standing reputation in Melbourne’s music scene,  featuring in genres as diverse as world music, urban, country, jazz, pop and soul.

    Most recently, Williams has launched her new project RALEIGH, having performed to sold out audiences all over Melbourne with both original and covered material. This band of incredible musicians creates a bed of jazz inspired pop, soul, and funk over which Raleigh utilises a jazz background with a pop/funk mentality.

    Her debut album of this hugely popular and electric music is set for recording in late 2014, with a national tour to follow.

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    Genre – Jazz Soul / Funk Pop

    Show time – 8pm $20


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    The Pacific Belles – Special 8pm Showtime

    Thursday 06th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

    We welcome back The Pacific Belles, Melbourne’s very own Andrew Sisters!
    Join Betty, Dot and Mabel as they take you on a journey back in time to the 1940’s in their show – Sing Swing Get in The Mood.
    Re-live all your favourite classics including The Andrew Sisters Boogie Woogie, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, songs by Doris Day and many more!
    The Pacific Belles are inspired by the music and glamour of the 1940’s era. Their aim is to bring back the nostalgia which engages all generations and their sound will have you singing along and toe-tapping in no time!

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – 1940’s Swing

    Show time – 8pm $15


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special guest Michelle Nicolle

    Friday 07th November 2014

    Melbourne based band leader/trumpeter and vocalist Gianni Marinucci’s Swing Train project features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, including Frank Disario-bass and Michael Jordon- drums and special guests Rebecca Barnard (Vocals) & Bob Sedergreen on piano. The group will perform a wonderful selection of jazz standards and is always a fun night.

    Special guest featured for the Paris Cat Diva Month tonight is Michelle Nicolle. Michelle Nicolle is a multi-award winning jazz vocalist with an incredible ability to lyrically improvise and creatively sculpt exquisite music. She has released six CDs, performed internationally and even shared a stage with Kurt Elling. Michelle is passionate about staying true to her artistic self, developing her incredible ‘ear’, exploring her expansive range and incredible tone, and giving voice to the dedication and hard work that has awarded her an enviable place in the Australian jazz scene.

    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Bob Sedergreen: Piano
    Frank Disario: Bass
    Michael Jordon: Drums
    Michelle Nicolle: Vocals

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Emma Hamilton (SYD)

    Friday 07th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK EMMA HAMILTON!….NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    “A great talent that needs to be heard!” – Tommy Emmanuel

    Since the release of her debut album “La Musique” (ABC/Universal) in 2011, Emma’s music has flourished and continued to make fans in high places. The inimitable Van Dyke Parks called the album “a triumph on so many levels!” and Molly Ringwald purchased her album after sharing the stage together for the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Emma and her brother Tom (who plays stunning piano, bass, drums and backing vocals) have embarked on a successful international touring career, having opened for the incredible Tommy Emmanuel throughout opera houses from Berlin to Russia. In 2013, the formidable pair sold out their first ever headlining tour in the Baltics, and were selected to perform their own shows in Hong Kong for the Adelaide Cabaret Roadshow. For those of you who have not yet seem Emma and her brother Tom perform, you will be delighted by their musical virtuosity on piano bass and drums, but moreover you will be transported by the jazzy French laments, and quirky original music. Emma is half French, and sings with a passion and authenticity that only a true native speaker can master. Her voice is raspy and sweet and the music will leave you wanting more!

    Genre – French Jazz / Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Julie Bailey returns to the Paris Cat with ‘Tenderness’

    Saturday 08th November 2014

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    WE WELCOME BACK JULIE BAILEY….NOT TO BE MISSED!!

    “Melbourne-based jazz vocalist, Julie Bailey, returns to The Paris Cat to perform her new show, ‘Tenderness’. Along with her repertoire of jazz and other eclectic genres—from her debut album ‘Three Dimensions of Love’—Julie will also be performing some of her originals that have emerged from a deep and contemplative retreat in recent times. ‘Tenderness’ traverses the delicate landscape of human emotions with an authenticity that speaks to the heart.
    Julie’s smooth, silky, unaffected vocal style will be complemented on stage amid a stellar ensemble of players including jazz pianist and composer, Steve Sedergreen, Gianni Marinucci (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Evripides Evripidou (bass).”

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors + STRING QUARTET

    Saturday 08th November 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.

    This is a rare opportunity to be part of our debut concert.

    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.

    ONLY 18 SEATED TICKETS REMAINING…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $30


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    Movement 9 presents: ‘We May Never Meet Again: The Music of Amy Winehouse’

    Saturday 08th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…NOT TO BE MISSED!

    SPECIAL EARLY 5PM SHOW

    In collaboration with Elly Poletti, winner of two prestigious Bruce Awards for Music Theatre, Movement 9 present a fresh and fascinating perspective on the music of Amy Winehouse.

    This unique show pays tribute to Winehouse’s lifelong love of jazz through a suite of brand new arrangements. Reimagined and reinterpreted, they transport Amy Winehouse’s songs from the radio to the the smoky clubs where her idols Mingus, Miles and Monk used to play.

    Hear the soul-drenched voice of Elly Poletti bring a new life to songs like “Back to Black”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, and “In My Bed”. Six horns share the stage with her, weaving a backdrop of jazz harmonies and soul hits, comments and countermelodies.

    Captivating and passionate, We May Never Meet Again offers a new look at Amy Winehouse’s lasting musical legacy. Playing for one night only at the Paris Cat.

    “…[Joe McEvilly's] arrangement was a tour de force. He hadn’t just written harmonies for horns, but he’d reconstructed the feel and time sense to twist memories and still present a joyous playtime… An ingenious rethinking.” – CANBERRA JAZZ

    ONLY 13 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Pop

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Mietta & Rosie Henshaw (SYD) Official Melb’ Album Launch

    Wednesday 12th November 2014

    DOUBLE BILL…NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    INTRODUCING ROSIE HENSHAW (OFFICIAL MELB’ ALBUM LAUNCH) …
    You may have seen her wielding a Sitar & traipsing the globe with Australian band Old Man River, or donning an eccentric costume singing her lungs out as lead singer of Sydney party band The Bakery. Or groovin’ on a Cajon with songstress Ngaiire. ROSIE’s musical chameleon-like superpowers, over the years, have proven there to be no doubt that she has music oozing from every pore.

    With an upbringing spent between a boarding school in the Himalayas of India, the laid back shores of Australia & the fast paced buzz of Hong Kong, Rosie Henshaw has always been surrounded by eclectic sounds. These have been a large influence in her life, and given her the opportunity to pick up many interesting instruments along the way.

    This year started off with a bang for Rosie, with the release of her debut album Rosie & The Bees, receiving them rave reviews. Rosie will be performing the OFFICIAL Melbourne launch of this album on Wednesday 12th November at the Paris Jazz Cat, on a double bill with her good friend and musical companion, Mietta.

    Rosie has also had a successful stint on The Voice Australia 2014 on team Kylie!

    Some of Rosie’s career highlights include the Spirit of Soul Festival in Sydney, several shows at Parramasala, a festival of South Asian Arts in NSW, and in 2012 she was invited to play a headline spot at Takatsuki Jazz Festival in Osaka Japan, as part of her debut solo tour.

    WE WELCOME BACK PARIS CAT FAVOURITE…MIETTA!!
    Is MIETTA Australian music’s best kept secret?

    After sold-out shows at The Famous Spiegel tent, The Vanguard (Sydney)
    and The Thornbury Theatre, this young songstress is set to take flight in 2013.

    Her intriguing blend of styles- Flamenco, Jazz, Brazilian, Soul, Funk and Blues really set her apart. Delivered by MIETTA’S exquisite vocals, her beautiful, original music will take you on an uncharted journey across the globe.

    (Already heard by listeners to ABC Radio’s evening program.)

    Featuring some of the country’s finest jazz and world musicians:
    Nathan Slater: Guitar
    James Gilligan: Bass
    Salvador Persico: Percussion

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Brazilian / Soul / Funk / Blues

    Show time – 9pm $25


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    ‘The Songs of Joni and Rainee’ – Feat: Rainee Lyleson (SYD)

    Thursday 13th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…. RAINEE LYLESON

    Sydney based singer-songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist Rainee has been touring her acclaimed one-woman show about Joni Mitchell for the past two years. Rainee brings you two shows in one: the first half of the evening will be Rainee as Joni with a selection of her favourite Joni Mitchell songs and stories, the second half with be Rainee sharing her own original music. This will be Rainee’s third appearance at Paris Cat but her first time as an original artist. Rainee launches her debut, self-titled EP this November in Sydney.

    Described as having an “essence, purity and depth beyond her years”. Her influences range from Jazz to Soul and Folk; the resulting music combines Rainee’s soft spot for simple vintage sounds with her love for modern improvisation. Rainee delivers a unique experience that few artists are capable of: skill, authenticity and connection.

    “Rainee subtly inveigles herself in your consciousness through the purity of her voice and the seemingly simple yet penetrative insights of her original lyrics.” – Jack Peck, Word In Hand

     

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Folk

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Friday 14th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK ELLY HOYT…NOT TO BE MISSED!

    After living and studying with giants of jazz in New York City for the past 3 months , Elly Hoyt is back and is bringing a new sound to Paris Cat Jazz Club. Featuring an incredible line up including Scott Griffiths (Piano), Jonathan Zion (Bass) and Darryn Farrugia(Drums), this will be a night not to be missed. New compositions inspired by America with a big emphasis on groove. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

    Elly consistently captures audiences with her soulful and seductive voice. At only 26, she has the uncanny ability to invoke the charge given to past greats and take it somewhere new. Elly released her debut self-titled album in late 2010 and was awarded Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards in 2011.

    James Morrison: “From the moment I first heard Elly sing, I knew she had that classic, indefinable thing that makes one a jazz singer. It’s not just a sound, or a choice of notes but a way of approaching a song that lets the listener know – this is the real thing”.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – 7.30pm Early Show

    Friday 14th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND & NOT TO BE MISSED…

    When Australian classical mandolinist Ruth Roshan was introduced to live Argentinean Tango in Paris at the age of 23, she was hooked. Now, with her quintet, Tango Noir she has recorded an original album of bittersweet, melodic Tango inspired pieces and songs, and gathered an exceptional group of musicians around her in the process.

    Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2009, featuring fresh arrangements of classic pieces by Astor Piazzolla, contemporary tango adaptations of Leonard Cohen and Macy Gray, plus Ruth’s own original compositions for the genre.

    In their second all original album, “Darling … Keep it to Yourself”, lush arrangements combine with Ruth’s bittersweet lyrics to create music which is listenable and beautiful, new and nostalgic all at the same time (available from www.blackmarketmusic.com.au). They are currently recording a third original album.

    “I had tears in my eyes when I listened to it … definitely my album of the month.”
    TRANS EUROPA EXPRESS – PBS RADIO

    “A gorgeous, nerve tingling collection of music.”
    ROOTS AND FUSION – PURE RADIO (UK)

    Featuring …
    Phil Carroll (Accordion), Aaron Barnden (Violin), Caerwen Martin (Cello), David Patterson (Piano) and Ruth Roshan (Vocals, Mandolin)

    Tango … Milonga … Habanera … Waltz

    Bringing you the atmosphere of a 1930’s French salon, laden with flair, elegance and sauciness, Ruth Roshan and Tango Noir take you on a musical journey into the thrilling world of tango.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Argentinian Tango

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 15th November 2014

    WELCOME BACK FEM BELLING…

    ARIA nominated and South African born jazz vocalist and violinist Fem Belling has exploded on the Melbourne jazz scene. Her versatile voice and powerful stage presence lends authenticity, verve and warmth to the jazz classics. Born of an artistic family, Fem’s farther is a renowned jazz pianist and made sure she was bathed in the sounds of Ellington, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and many more. Fem’s debut Paris Cat performance was a wonderful evening and she returns by popular demand.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Yellowbird Jazz Band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 15th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    Yellowbird Jazz Band return to Paris Cat after two capacity performances. The band is comprised of some of the most accomplished young musicians in Melbourne, with a similar interest in the jazz vocal music of the 40’s and 50’s. For this performance, they will present a set of unique, original arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. Yellowbird will explore Ellington’s genius in the quintet format of vocals, sax, piano, bass and drums, followed by a set of their usual eclectic repertoire (Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Joni Mitchell and more). Do not miss your one and only opportunity to see these amazing original arrangements of some great music!

    Amelia McCulloch – Vocals
    Josh Kelly – Saxophone/Clarinet
    Joel Trigg – Piano
    Oscar Neyland – Double Bass
    Daniel Berry – Drums

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Duo Tone Divas with Bob Sedergreen – Special 5pm showtime

    Saturday 15th November 2014

    TOTALLY NEW TO THE PARIS CAT…SPECIAL 5PM SHOWTIME

    Duo Tone Divas
    These two vocalists are part of Melbourne’s performing folk lore.
    Jacki Gaudion and Kerri Simpson, both sing gospel, blues and soul with seamless authority.
    Contrast Jacki’s husky, soulful and demure approach with the deep passionate and gutsy delivery of Kerri, both backed up on piano by Melbourne jazz piano legend Bob Sedergreen
    One special early show on Saturday November 15 at 5.00-6.15pm

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Jess Young

    Wednesday 19th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    Jess is a powerful and talented singer from Melbourne, Australia who has recorded and is currently working with Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director, James Pearson. She worked previously in New York on tracks that feature on her record with jazz legends George Coleman, Russell Malone, and Harold Mabern.

    Truly unique and versatile, Jess draws on her diverse background of opera, jazz, neo-soul and blues to offer a fresh contemporary style that has played well to audiences and garnered strong critical response.

    Jess’s multi-octave voice and wide range of vocal influences has contributed to a sound that is both familiar and remarkably fresh. A little bit Sade, a lot Billie Holiday, a dash of Janis Joplin – these are all comparisons which have been made in recent months. The end result is a wonderful and dynamic sound that is uniquely “JESS”.

    Piano: Steve Grant
    Bass: Phil Rex

     

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Jude Perl Is Back!

    Thursday 20th November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Singer/songwriter/pianist Jude Perl returns to her hometown Melbourne, after spending the last several months living in Los Angeles recording her debut album with grammy award winning producer Brian Paturalski (Outkast) and performing solo shows around the city at venues such as The Hotel Cafe & House Of Blues. Earlier in 2014, Jude was also a part of the highly acclaimed show “Let’s Get It On – The Life & Music Of Marvin Gaye” at the Atheneaum Theatre in Melbourne.

    Her homecoming show at The Paris Cat will feature original material off her EP and soon to be released debut album as well as brand new original material and some of her favourite R&B, Samba and Soul covers. And of course, no Jude Perl show would be complete without her unique brand of silliness. Joining her for several songs are very special guests vocalist and drummer Nick Karasavvidis and bassist Timur Togacay.

    Get tickets early! This is going to be a fabulous night of music, grooves, laughter and joy!

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Pop / Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Cannonball Are Back!

    Friday 21st November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Chantal Mitvalsky – voice
    Tim Wilson – alto sax
    Paul Williamson – trumpet
    Darrin Archer – piano
    Sam Bates – drums
    Tom Lee – bass

    ‘Cannonball’ is a fresh new sextet inspired by the jazz/groove/soul music of the late saxophone giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. His work transcended musical boundaries with its heavy blues and gospel influence combined with a deep, infectious groove.

    The ensemble features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. Between them they boast an impressive list of performance credits including Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, The Australian Art Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mike Nock, and Bobby Shew.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Anea Duratovic Quintet – (Perth) Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 21st November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    For a jazz vocalist of so few years, Anea Duratovic has achieved many milestones in her career. Having performed internationally in New York City, Croatia and Indonesia, Anea has become known for her rich tone, melodic delivery and subtle lyrical sense.

    Anea made her name featuring with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) from 2011-2013, where she performed regularly around Perth and Australia. Anea graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011, and is now currently undertaking post-graduate study at the same institution.

    Domestically, Anea has performed in the Perth International Jazz Festival, Sydney’s Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and Noosa Jazz Festival and in April 2014, completed a successful tour of Melbourne showcasing her own original compositions.

    Through her Croatian and Malaysia-Indian heritage, Anea has absorbed an array of different genres and styles of music throughout her childhood, contributing to a unique sound and layback feel. Her soulful and intricate interpretation of the lyric has her audience always on the edge of their seat.

    Tonight, Anea is joined by her Perth band and will be performing an array of tunes including some hard swingers, soul driven ballads and Brazilian tunes.

    With influences including Ella Fitzgerald, Gretchen Parlato, Kurt Elling and Esperanza Spalding, audiences will be tapping their toes along to the swinging tunes of the Anea Duratovic Ensemble.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Emma Gilmartin Quartet – Early 7.30pm show

    Saturday 22nd November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Emma Gilmartin has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented jazz vocalists. Her voice is undeniably beautiful with “a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch” (Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide). Her treatment of jazz standards is undeniably unique, both enchanting and defiant, and has the ability to both restore and recast the work in a new light.

    Joining her will be guitarist James Sherlock, bassist Frank DiSario and drummer Danny Fischer.

    Come and enjoy these musical friends reinvent the standards and take an adventure into new works…

    ‘There is a lightness of being in the voice … a voice [that] must be listened to as well as heard.’ Michael Foster, Canberra Times.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘The songs that saved your life’ – Kimba Griffith Quintet

    Saturday 22nd November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Fresh from a wild sell-out tour of Japan, Kimba Griffith brings together a quartet of talented musicians to traverse a catalogue of tunes that shaped Kimba’s musical identity in her formative years.

    Kimba has spent the past 15 years chasing jazz dreams and in service to melody and lyric. As well as performing at all the major venues in Melbourne, and making numerous trips to her loyal following in Japan, Kimba, together with Ryan Griffith (guitar) her longtime musical collaborator/life partner/fellow raiser of small humans, has performed from the Edinburgh Festival to the Press Club in Phnom Penh, and has released a critically acclaimed album ‘The Leaves Stay Green’, with a septet album due for release late this year.

    A child who sang before speaking, beautiful songs and meaningful lyrics have always held Kimba in sway. Her musical homeland lies in late 1950’s west coast bop, and she’ll be holding a flame to this important musical landscape with some lively selections from her favourite musicians such as Mel Torme and Chris Connor, and tunes from lyricists including Yip Harburg, Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael and Jimmy Van Heusen. These selections will showcase Kimba’s fine, true tone and the swingin’ phrasing that bring audiences flocking to her gigs.

    On this special night Kimba also offers a select edit of songs outside the jazz canon; songs that have shaped her sensitive approach to the heart of the song…songs that sparked Kimba’s search for the real story.

    Featuring songs by The Smiths, Tom Waits, Barenaked Ladies, The Cure, The Beatles, and more, these formative tunes will be refashioned in the deft hands of Kimba and her quartet, with plenty of jazz inflection and fresh phrasing.

    Joining Kimba for this night of west-coast bop and pop reinvention are:
    Ryan Griffith: Guitar ( Who has just been announced as a finalist in the jazz awards at Wangaratta Festival…Congratulations Ryan!! )
    Mark Shepherd: Double Bass
    Hugh Harvey: Drums
    Gideon Brazil: Reeds

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / West Coast Bop / Pop

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Duo Tone Divas with Bob Sedergreen – Special 5pm Showtime

    Saturday 22nd November 2014

    TOTALLY NEW TO THE PARIS CAT…SPECIAL 5PM SHOWTIME

    Duo Tone Divas
    These two vocalists are part of Melbourne’s performing folklore,
    Margie Lou Dyer and Dana Jowsey. These two eclectics are as different as chalk and cheese.
    Checkout the gritty jazz stomps and grooves of Margie Lou contrasted by Dana, the smooth princess of pitch, both backed up on piano by Melbourne jazz piano legend Bob Sedergreen
    One special early show 0n Saturday November 22 at 5pm-6.15pm

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Vanessa Fernandez

    Wednesday 26th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Vanessa Fernandez skilfully weaves a distinct understanding of melody with a vocal tone that is altogether delightful in its depth and originality. She will perform with a two piece, the accomplished double bassist Ben Robertson and the uniquely talented guitarist Hugh Stuckey. This emotionally compelling performance will bring to life the history and placement of pieces by Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, recalling their time and place in music history. A night of love and authenticity, an emotive spectrum not to be missed!

    Vanessa Fernandez
    “…a remarkably soulful voice, with the range to handle the emotion of these pieces, from tender to intense.’
    Doug Boynton, Girlsingers (US)

    www.vanessafernandezmusic.com

     

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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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!

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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…

    Back from Europe after touring through Paris, please join us and sit back and indulge in a fabulous Saturday night as sassy songstress Tamara Kuldin continues to captivate and delight our Paris cat audiences. Paying tribute to those wonderful swingin’ melodies and coquettish blues from the vintage era of song… Tamara & the boys will whip up some fun musical mayhem serenading the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Doris Day to Ethel Waters, including some feisty duets! Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini is a musical delight featuring the ever charming & talented Paul Williamson -Sax/Clarinet, Gianni Marinucci- trumpet, Steve Paix – Piano, Jonathan Zion – Double Bass & Darryn Farrugia – Drums

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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…

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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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    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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    “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”

     

    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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    ‘Shelley Segal’ – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 13th December 2014

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

    Following her first sold-out show at The Paris Cat, Shelley’s upcoming appearance will be promoting her new album, ‘An Easy Escape.’
    In a Paris Cat only special, the folk-pop album will be presented with a laid-back jazzy interpretation.

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

    ‘An Easy Escape’ follows Segal’s 2013 release, ‘Little March’ a collaboration with US guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Ani Difranco)
    Little March is an enchanting and delicate collection of jazzy, bluesy folk tunes.

    “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)

    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. Produced by grammy award-winning S. Husky Hoskulds, ‘Little March’ is intimate and reflective, combining both artists’ genuine song writing with Adam’s stunning, mellow guitar playing and Shelley’s captivating voice. The two enjoyed a successful Australian tour last July, with sold out shows at Melbourne’s premier jazz venue, Bennett’s lane.

    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

    Genre – Folk / Jazz / Blues / Reggae & Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    James Osborne Jazz Collective

    Wednesday 17th December 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    James Osborne-drums
    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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