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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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    Shol Quintet

    Thursday 29th January 2015

    The founding members of Shol, trumpeter Christopher Skepper and pianist Andrew Harrison, started as a duo in 2004 to explore and perform their original compositions ranging from free form improvisation to contemporary jazz and industrial soundscapes. As the music evolved they brought in Chris Lewis to add rhythmic texture and solid groove and then in 2010 John O’Hagan joined to add to and extend the harmony. Chris Pappas joined the group in 2012, further expanding the frontline sound. All the members of Shol compose music, contributing their influences from the varied music they have performed over 20 or so years. The music has its roots in the band member’s first love of hard bop and free jazz and pays homage to 60’s and 70’s Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Cecil Taylor, Mingus, Monk etc. and covers world music, free form and altering themes. The music takes you on a journey, exploring melodies, moods and rhythms through Shol’s unique ensemble sound building on compositions demanding freedom in improvisation. Sit back and enjoy the ride..!

    Genre – World Music / Hard Bop / Free Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    ‘Letters to You’ – Early 7pm Showtime

    Thursday 29th January 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    ‘Letters to You’ is a 4 piece Melbourne band, who combined to explore and celebrate the art of playing standards, and bring them back to audiences with charm and elegance. All members of the band are graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts, and have graced stages of venues such as Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, Hamer Hall and the Melbourne Recital Centre to name a few.
    On Thursday the 29th January, they join together at the iconic Paris Cat, to play some of their favourite standards. Accompanied by an array of talented guests and friends, it promises to be a night of great entertainment.

    Laura Nichols – Vocals
    Tom Allen-Graham – Guitar
    Stephen Hornby – Double Bass
    Anthony Stanislavski – Drum Kit

    Genre – Jazz Standards
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $15


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    La Nuit Blanche – Feat. ‘RALEIGH’

    Friday 30th January 2015

    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

    ONLY 6 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Chanson/Gypsy Jazz/Bossa/Modern French with a Melbourne Twist…
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Emma Gilmartin Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 30th January 2015

    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
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    REIMAGINING BURT BACHARACH – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 30th January 2015

    The timeless compositions of Burt Bacharach are well-known and well-loved for their inventive melodies, unusual phrasing and complex harmony. From the early sixties, Bacharach’s unique musicality coupled with the moving lyricism of Hal David to create a prolific songwriting force, producing countless memorable hits for decades, such as ‘The Look of Love;, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ and ‘Make it Easy on Yourself’.

    Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicola Watson, in her new project with pianist Nathan Liow tackle the legendary music of Bacharach, channeling voices from an era that was home to Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and the Walker Brothers.

    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 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. She joins talented Melbourne composer and pianist Nathan Liow in this much anticipated performance of the music of Bacharach.

    “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] is in a class of her own.”
    ~ Simone, Beat Magazine

    ONLY 15 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini

    Saturday 31st January 2015

    Always a fabulous & fun evening, Paris Cat favourite Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini is back for 2015 with some great new sassy tunes ready to delight you. After a busy 2014 performing in Paris and various jazz festivals, Tamara is fresh out of the studio having recorded her new CD soon to be launched in our Parisian Loft. Her Dirty Martini boys continue to charm our Paris Cat audiences, whipping up musical mayhem, featuring Melbourne’s King of swing, Paul Williamson (tenor sax/ clarinet), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Darrin Archer (piano), Kim May (Double bass) and Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums). A versatile and entertaining songstress with an infectious sense of fun and diverse repertoire of song, Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini celebrates the melodic mistresses of song from Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Nina Simone, Doris Day to Blossom Dearie.

    ONLY 25 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quintet – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 31st January 2015

    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:
    Sam Keevers – paino, Hugh Stuckey- Guitar, Scott Lambie drums and Phil Rex – 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
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft (Located on the top level of the Paris Cat)
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Heather Stewart “Sings Billie Holiday ” Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 31st January 2015

    Heather Stewart has been performing SOLD OUT, highly successful shows at Melbourne’s Paris Cat since 2011 with a selection of Melbourne’s best Jazz musicians. Heather Stewart will perform a beautiful collection of songs from Billie’s heyday and original music by local jazz legend John Scurry (Red Onions). Heather’s stunning vocals and impressive violin skills are joined by Australia’s best Jazz musicians John Scurry on guitar, Lin Wallis on drums, Michael McQuaid on tenor saxophone and clarinet and Leigh Barker on double bass. This gig will be a very special concert with the early starting time of 7.30pm-8.45pm.

    Heather Stewart, a multiple award winning musician and songwriter in her own right, has recently returned from a successful tour of Europe playing at Paris’s “Caveau de la Huchette”, the venue Sydney Bechet played in the 50s. Following three awards for her album “GET YOUR FINGERS OFF IT!”, Heather is soon releasing a brand new album of original blues songs and fiddle tunes “CITY WITH NO NAME”.

    For recordings and more information check out www.heatherstewart.com.au

    ONLY 20 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    States of Play

    Wednesday 04th February 2015

    Phil Bywater – saxophone / flute
    Elliot Folvig – electric guitar
    Elissa Goodrich – vibraphone
    Alejandro Vega – percussion

    Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing. … an ear-opening testimony …in an exciting new format. John Jenkins, “From Page to Stage” The Australian

    States of Play performing music from our critically acclaimed self-titled project States of Play, with compositions by APRA Australian jazz work of the year nominated composers Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon, and from our new project Dusk to Dawn – forgotten songs of flight.

    States of Play stand on their own merit… strong forceful jazz-impacted.. and at the opposite end of the rhythmic spectrum, floating languidly  John McBeath The Australian

    States of Play, formed in 2012 and has its roots in the critically acclaimed world-jazz Shannon-Goodrich Ensemble, with original compositions by 2 x APRA jazz work of the year nominated Elissa Goodrich and Clare Shannon. States of Play’s  is an original jazz project inspired by the emotional states & musical forms attributed to traditional Andalusian (Spanish) music encountered in Elissa’s and Clare’s research & work in Spain and in the crafted interplay between the quartet of performing musicians.

    2015 sees States of Play developing Elissa’s new music project “Dusk to Dawn – forgotten songs of flight” inspired by extinct migratory birds’ songs and flight patterns, and introducing new artists ( long-time colleagues/ friends) into the project
    The gorgeous States of Play, perfect for after dark Julia Lester, ABC Classic Drive

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Jack Pantazis Group

    Thursday 05th February 2015

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

    Genre – Instrumental Jazz Fusion
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Friday 06th February 2015

    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 ESSENTIAL…

    Genre – Cuban Timba, Mambo, Argentinian Tango, Afro-Peruvian Festejo, Latin Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Monique diMattina (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 06th February 2015

    “Dynamic and utterly divine, Miss Monique has an extraordinary musical gift”
    -Sydney Livewire, Jan 2014

    “Blossom Dearie meets Rickie Lee Jones” – Stacks magazine
    “Jazz smarts sculpt elegant pop” – ABC Limelight

    “Sophisticated and playful” – Dave Graney

    Monique diMattina, acclaimed singer/songwriter, boogie-woogie barrelhouse basher, Fulbright Scholar and Melbourne radio personality returns to Paris Cat for an evening of enchantment inspired by recent travels to New Orleans via Nagambie.

    Featuring songs from Monique’s acclaimed 2013 release ‘Nola’s Ark’ and songs written on her ABC and 3RRR ‘Shaken Not Rehearsed’ song-in an-hour segment. If y’all clap hard enough Monique might even write a song on the night.

    Line up – James Sherlock on guitar and joined on bass by all-round-good-bloke Howard Cairns

    Genre – Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Andrew Kimber Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 06th February 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT
    Hailing from his hometown of Canberra, Andrew Kimber is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music where he learned under the tutor ledge of John Mackey. Upon leaving the ANU Andrew undertook several pilgrimages to the New York City to learn from greats Will Vinson, David Binney and Jacam Manricks before relocating to Melbourne at the start of 2014.
    Kimber has explored different genres since starting his career, exploring both modern and traditional streams of Jazz as well as contemporary styles like Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and Pop music. Kimber lead the Canberra based brass band Party Gravy took critical success in the region and winning a Music ACT Music Award in 2013.

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    Kimber’s strength as a composer has developed a lot over the years starting with a foundation from his university lecturer Miroslav Bukovsky in modern Jazz writing. Kimber developed his own voice as a composer with guidance from Jacam Manricks. Kimber draws inspiration from country and rock and roll that he was exposed to during his upbringing in rural NSW, as well as Hip Hop and Funk that have inspired him during his school years. Kimber infuses these styles into the language of the modern Jazz musician and tells the stories of life experiences that he shares with the audience both musically and through storytelling.

    Joined by friends Matthew Dixon on Guitar and Pedal Steel, Arlene Fletcher on Double Bass and John Milton on Drums the charisma of the AKQ is not to be missed.

    “Andrew Kimber redefines the modern sax player, talented, passionate and a whole lot of fun along the way.”- Canberra Music Blog

    Genre – Modern Jazz / Funk
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Noria Letts Quintet – NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Saturday 07th February 2015

    A Taste of Paris.
    Let French vocalist Noria Letts take you on a musical journey blending an alluring range of influences and cultures. A wonderful passionate and warm entertainer. She sets the mood of France right here in Melbourne.

    Genre – French Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    “Geoff Allan Swings – Dressed Up And Messy” – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 07th February 2015

    Dress up and hang with the bad boys of Melbourne jazz.

    Join Geoff Allan and Bob Sedergreen as they swing through the Great American Song book. Backed up by hard hitters Conrad Tracey thumping skins, James Clarke’s freight train bass, and Phil Bywater’s hurricane horn.

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    Genre – Straight Ahead Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Craig Smith Quintet

    Saturday 07th February 2015

    “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
    Tim Nikolsky – Guitar
    David Atkins – Drums
    Barney Loveland – Acoustic Bass

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Bella Wolf

    Wednesday 11th February 2015

    Following their successful club debut in December, Bella Wolf are returning to the Paris Cat for one more special night of music.  Lead by Erica Tucceri, Bella Wolf is a fresh, new Melbourne-based quintet featuring the talents of VCA students and recent alumni who have, despite their age, already performed both nationally and internationally.

    Many of Bella Wolf’s original compositions were premiered to enthusiastic reviews at the 2014 Ubud Village Jazz Festival (Indonesia), and the band are now bringing their eclectic blend of contemporary Latin, Classical and Jazz influences to audiences across Melbourne. Slipping comfortably from energetic grooves to lyrical melodies, these young and talented musicians will be presenting a very special night, not to be missed!

    Featuring:
    Erica Tucceri – Flute
    Fabian Acuna – Trumpet
    Selene Messinis – Piano
    Matt Hayes – Electric Bass
    Tommy Harrison – Drums

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

     

    Genre – Latin / Jazz / Classical
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    REVERSE SWING – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Thursday 12th February 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…

    Reverse Swing is a small ensemble of musicians dedicated to revisiting hot jazz of the 1920s and 30s and the cooler and more sophisticated sounds of the 1940s and 50s. We are a loose array who occasionally get together to perform the music we love.

    All of us have been playing together for many years in different bands, both locally and internationally. We like to play from a variety of tunes, old and new — from figures such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet to the American Songbook as well as some originals for a contemporary audience. Our philosophy is an innate commitment to swing (strong forward motion as someone called it).

    The band has played at various venues around Melbourne and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and comprises some of Australia’s leading exponents of the swing genre and contemporary jazz.
    Eugene Ball, award-winning trumpeter and composer
    Mike McQuaid, Red Hot Rhythm Makers band leader and acclaimed clarinettist and saxophonist
    Leigh Barker, distinguished bassist and New Sheilks band leader
    Matt Boden, Tasmanian-based pianist and composer, guesting for the first time with this ensemble
    John Scurry, versatile guitarist and veteran of the local jazz scene who plays with Melbourne band Virus

    Genre – Swing/Hot Jazz of the 1920’s & 30’s/ Contemporary Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    The Music Presents… Ann Vriend (Canada)

    Thursday 12th February 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOW – PERFORMING 2 X 45MIN SETS!

    Canadian indie-soul songstress Ann Vriend releases her new album For The People In The Mean Time in Australia on Friday December 12, and is set to tour nationally through February 2015. Vriend tells tough tales of the struggle of city life against the backdrop of explosive retro soul beats and harmonies, with her unmistakable voice guiding the way. Borrowing sounds from the old school soul greats – Toronto producer Tino Zolfo has simultaneously kept the album contemporary to current pop – albeit on his signature, gritty side of the genre. Recorded primarily by Zolfo in Toronto some of the album was recorded by Vriend in her inner-city Edmonton attic, overlooking the street scenes which inspired many of the album’s lyrics.

    Vriend’s music has been described by Rip it Up, Adelaide as “soulful, inspiring, brave, and bluesy.” The Halifax Chronicle Herald says her vocal range goes “from vulnerable delicacy to blasts of soul power.” And Australia’s A n’ E Vibe magazine wrote that “Vriend is fantastic in concert – a very, very funny woman that tends to belt out her songs between her most entertaining comedic intervals.” The album was inspired in part by Vriend’s six years-and-counting as a resident of Edmonton’s McCauley neighbourhood, a place where it’s not uncommon to find discarded syringes in one’s back yard, a homeless person sleeping on one’s doorstep, or even a person in the throws of mental illness breaking into one’s house. And yet it’s also a place where a fierce camaraderie exists among those who live on the streets, and where artists such as Vriend, drawn to the neighbourhood’s affordable rents, come to creatively and beautifully reckon with the forces responsible for the chaos.

    Having gained international recognition over the past few years Vriend and regularly tours Canada, Germany the Netherlands, the UK and Australia. She’s been commissioned to write songs for the Canadian Tourism Corporation and the Commonwealth Games and her music has been featured in a DVD release of the TV show Party of Five.

    Ann Vriend’s new album For The People In The Mean Time is out Wednesday December 12 and she tours Australia through February 2015.

    Genre – Indie Pop / Soul / Gospel / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Friday 13th February 2015

    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”.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Soul
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Michelle Nicolle Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 13th February 2015

    Two of the country’s finest “song players” take their chordless quartet to the people. 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.

    Paul Williamson is a gifted saxophonist with years of experience and exceptional sense of melody and timing. They have been playing together regularly for the last four years often augmented with just acoustic bass or guitar. The open format allows both players much freedom to shape the music however they feel.

    Line up includes:
    Michelle Nicolle – Vocals
    Ronny Forella – Drums
    Paul Williamson – Sax
    Frank DiSario – Bass

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Rebecca & the Romantics ( Early 7.30pm Show )

    Friday 13th February 2015

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    David Allardice – piano
    Andy Price- double bass
    Denis Close- drums

    Rebecca Barnard is singing jazz with a selection of songs.

    assembled for recent performances with arranger/saxophonist Ken Schroder and his band of merry men.

    These songs are drawn from far and wide, some from the Billie Holiday songbook, some from a recent recording session she made with her uncle Bob Barnard,
    and a number of originals especially written for her by Ken.

    In this quintet version of Rebecca & the Romantics, the versatile rhythm section adroitly handles swing, as well as latin rhythms from Brazil and Cuba.

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 14th February 2015

    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors – a soulful empire of a groove/jazz/jam/band with deep grooves, infectious sense of humor and extended joy-infused improvisations. They’re five very fine musicians in a band that is always more than the sum of the parts. Dutch tenor saxophonist Remco Keijzer has been leading his original bands through Europe and Australia for the last 5 years. This is the first time he added a vocalist of the likes of Alinta Chidzey to the band. The band has been playing weekly at the Local Taphouse in St Kilda East and has build up great stamina and a steady crowd of jazz lovers.

    ALINTA is a stunning and charismatic singer. She’s starred in many musicals such as West Side Story, Dusty Springfield and Mamma Mia! and just got awarded her second Greenroom award.
    The Jazz Emperors feature the superb rhythm section of pianist Kim Kellaart, bassist Tom Lee and drummer Darryn Farrugia. Each outstanding in their own right.

    Genre – Jazz / Soul
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Dean’s Martini “Love Songs In The Key Of Dean” – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 14th February 2015

    SPECIAL VALENTINES DAY SHOW…

    This show is a cocktail shaker filled with smooth sounds & intoxicating rhythms … all with a twist.

    Crooning is nothing new to David who has, at various times, swung, bossa’d and Cha Cha’d through the Vegas Songbook and then… set sail, all through winds of change that were The 60s and 70s.
    Accompanied by Craig Smith, Tony Mazziotta & Greg Ryan, David is backed by some of the finest musos in Melbourne.

    Peter de Ryk on Piano, Tony Mazziotta on Bass, Greg Ryan on Drums.

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Valentine’s Day 2015 : JMQ features Yvette Johansson – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 14th February 2015

    Come along on Valentine’s Day, 2015 and feel the love when the stellar, horn-led John Montesante Quintet features the dynamic and charismatic vocals of Yvette Johansson in the new Parisian Loft at the welcoming Paris Cat Jazz Club.

    This evening the jazz program will comprise of Bebop tunes favoured by the JMQ , intermingled with beautiful standards on the theme of Love, inspired by some of Yvette’s influences – Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Astrid Gilberto, Anita Baker, Doris Day and many others.

    Yvette is a versatile and stylish jazz artiste, who can sing in many languages and is at home on any stage. She has earnt an enviable and well-deserved reputation within the jazz scene.

    The JMQ musical lineup on this special evening includes:
    Michael Harding – piano
    Ben Robertson – double bass
    Dean Cooper – drums
    David Rex – alto saxophone
    John Montesante – trumpet/flugelhorn

    If you love Jazz,this is the perfect Valentine’s Day evening, just for you!

    Genre – Jazz Standards / Bebop
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    “Adam Rudegeair Quintet: The Bowie Project”

    Wednesday 18th February 2015

    “As the Bowie Project nears its first anniversary, Adam Rudegeair’s Quintet continues to delve deep into the Bowie’s astonishing back catalogue for harmonic, rhythmic and melodic inspiration! Last time, ‘Kooks’ and ‘Loving the Alien’ we added to the mix, what will be next?

    This will be the final performance before they hit the studio to record an album with acclaimed producer Myles Mumford!

    Featuring Adam Rudegeair (piano), Adam Spiegl (bass), Thom Mitchell (drums), Daimon Brunton (trumpet) and Luke Carbon (tenor).”

    Whichever Bowie is your favourite Bowie, don’t worry, the 70s, 80s and 90s are represented as the tunes were cherry picked from Bowie’s 45 year career including Life on Mars, Aladdin Sane, Ashes to Ashes, and yes, even LABYRINTH!”

    Genre – Jazz with a ‘Bowie Groove’
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Shameem (Perth) – National Tour

    Thursday 19th February 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT
    Shameem is touring nationally on the back of her new album release, The Second City. Born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother, this bubbly vocalist and songwriter enchants her audiences with her heartfelt, personal stories and spiritual influences in her songs. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to Shameem’s exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music. Her unique fusion of 90s R&B grooves with the melodic sensibility of 70s soul and a subtle twist of jazz has seen her frequently compared to such artists as Alicia Keys, Sade and Michael Jackson.

    Shameem has kept a busy performance schedule ever since the release of her self-titled debut album in late 2011. She has supported major international artists such as George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle, and undertaken headlining tours in both her native Australia and in the USA and Canada. Twice a finalist for the prestigious James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship, Shameem’s song writing abilities have also seen her nominated for the Independent Music Awards and the Australian Songwriting Contest. Shameem has also collaborated with Grammy-winning producer James Bryan (Nelly Furtado) and ARIA-charting house producer DJ Nick Galea.

    When Shameem sings she speaks directly to the hearts of her audience; her voice is at once warm, soulful and expressive, and none can walk away without a tune replaying in their head. Shameem is passionate about uplifting and inspiring people to work for the betterment of the world through her music.

    “… angelic yet powerful vocals… Shameem Taheri-Lee presents an album that will reach out and inspire her audience. With her naturally soulful voice and strong sense of spirituality, it will make you want to see a live performance to capture the full energy and charisma of this jazz artist.” – Drum Media

    “Taheri-Lee’s songs had a deep, soulful resonance that captivated the audience, propelled by a strong rhythmic backing… The whole band worked in unison to create a rich tapestry of colour…” – FasterLouder

    Genre – Indie Pop / Soul / R&B / Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Sonja Horbelt Quintet Featuring Nina Ferro – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 20th February 2015

    An evening of funky grooves, jazz standards and original songs from this dynamic quintet led by Sonja Horbelt and featuring Nina Ferro (now residing in London) on vocals, in demand Hey Hey it’s Saturday partners in crime Kellie Santin and Kim May, and Australian jazz and blues legend Bob Sedergreen.

    Sonja Horbelt Quintet
    Nina Ferro – Vocals
    Kellie Santin sax
    Kim May – Bass
    Bob Sedergreen – piano
    Sonja Horbelt – Drums

    Genre – Latin Jazz Funk
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Juliarna and the Heartjazz Statesmen – ( 7.30pm Early Show )

    Friday 20th February 2015

    Lyricist Showcase: Mercer, Mercer, Mercer please…

    Johnny Mercer’s songs are very varied in style, but invariably fabulous! Join Juliarna and her Heartjazz Men for a journey from the lush melodies of Skylark, Moon River, and Autumn Leaves to the gentle beauty of I Remember You and I’m Old Fashioned to the upbeat, feelgood tunes My Baby Just Cares for Me, Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe and That Old Black Magic. All from the wonderful lyricist Johnny Mercer.

    Juliarna Cleal- Vocals
    Steve Grant- Trumpet
    Richard Miller- Clarinet
    Michael Harding- Piano
    James Clark- Double Bass

    Genre – Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    The Randy Anderson

    Friday 20th February 2015

    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

    Genre – Jazz / Funk
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks – NEW 8.30pm SHOWTIME

    Saturday 21st February 2015

    Double bassist Leigh Barker and his six-piece group, for the last five years touring under the moniker ‘The New Sheiks’ (anti-terror legislation aside….) but now equally well known as the musical half of the innovative dance company the ‘Melbourne Rhythm Project’ (which played for 3500 people at Hamer Hall last November), continue to build on their reputation as one of the most engaging, entertaining and hard-swinging groups currently performing in the Australian Jazz Scene.  November 15th 2014 saw the launch of Barker’s seventh full length release; a CD and digital album titled ‘Flow Like Wine’. Drawn from several studio sources and live sessions during the band’s 2012 and 2013 touring schedule, the album features guest appearances by triple Bell Award winning saxophonist Julien Wilson, piano genius Steve Grant and to top it all off was mastered in New York by the great Rob ‘Wacko’ Hunter, full time sound engineer for all of Branford Marsalis’ various projects. Combined with the regular members Heather Stewart on violin and vocals, Eamon McNelis trumpet, Matt Boden piano, Don Stewart trombone and Sam Young on the drums, this may just be Barker’s most cohesive release to date. The following excerpt from the album liner notes, written by dancer, DJ and blogger Sam Carroll, best sums up what this great new Jazz album is really all about:
    “I come at music as a jazz dancer. And jazz dance is a response to jazz and blues music. It is about the excitement and euphoria of hot jazz and swing, the energy of high tempos and bright emotion. But it is also about the shared moment of a sustained note, the spaces between counts, and the connections between people. In these recordings the musicians leave each other space and time to get their jobs done…….. this is exactly what I want to hear: there is nothing cool about rushing, and jazz is all about being fashionably late to a party. Then spending most of the night in the kitchen eating and telling dirty jokes….. the thing that I like about this album is that it begins in a very traditional blues realm of the senses, then charts a trajectory from the 1920s to the modern moment. Ending with a live recording seems most appropriate: this is old art, but it still has use and meaning and value in the current moment. This album is not only something to sit and listen to, and think about. It is, more importantly, something with practical, physical use value. There’s music here that makes for very good dancing. It makes you want to get up, to let your backbone slip, and to stop thinking.”

    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

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Trad Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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

    Saturday 21st February 2015

    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.

    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

    Genre – Jazz / West Coast Bop / Pop
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    The Artful Roger Presents: Bond and Beyond: What becomes of the Bond women?

    Saturday 21st February 2015

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOWTIME

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Bond and Beyond will take you on a musical journey through the exotic world of James Bond. Exploring the iconic music that defines the Bond aesthetic, we’ll tell the story of the women seduced by the charms of Bond.
    The show will have a stripped back line of Bond and beyond, enabling the musicians to take a more improvisatory and adventurous approach.
    Featuring master drummer David Jones, renowned jazz pianist Hue Blanes, the very talented and versatile Melbourne Symphony double bassist Ben Hanlon, Melbourne Symphony violinist jazz musician and arranger Roger Young and the beautiful jazz stylings of vocalist Sarah McDonald, expect to hear innovative reinterpretations of classic Bond film music as well as some tracks that almost were, could have been or should have been Bond theme songs.

    Genre – Jazz / Bond Style
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    Los Cougarmen

    Wednesday 25th February 2015

    Los Cougarmen are back with their exciting 11 piece Latin-jazz project that blends elements of Salsa, Jazz, and Afro Cuban music, which aims to remain true to these traditions, whilst also having a personal musical voice. The band will be playing the music of Tito Puente, Israel “Cachaito” Lopez, Ismael Rivera as well as some originals.

    This Features:
    Vocals: Marcelo La Greca
    Trumpets: Adam Friedman and Tom Sly
    Trombone: Ash Richter
    Saxes: Chris Street, Stephen Byth and Nick McCusker
    Piano: Daniel Mougerman
    Guitar: Jonathan Skourletos
    Bass: Daniel Beinke
    Percussion: Salvador Persico
    Drum Kit: Cameron Sexton

    Genre – Jazz / Afro Cuban
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Jude Perl

    Thursday 26th February 2015

    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!

    Genre – Pop / Jazz / Funk
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The Steve Sedergreen Quartet

    Friday 27th February 2015

    A talented and charismatic jazz pianist, improviser and educator, Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene over the years. He possesses an exceptional improvisational sensibility that is true to the spirit of jazz. Steve has performed with both Australian and internationally renowned artists as well as leading his own bands. He released his latest album, Points in Time, in late 2012. His quartet, featuring Shane Ryall (guitar), Kim Kelhaart (Hammond) and Andrew Swann (drums), are a regular feature at The Paris Cat, much loved for their free spirited and energy charged performances of jazz classics and original repertoire.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Cannonball – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 27th February 2015

    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.

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Funk
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Annemarie Sharry’s Madamshazz – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 27th February 2015

    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…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    “Olivia Chindamo Quintet” – EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    Saturday 28th February 2015

    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…

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Furbelows

    Saturday 28th February 2015

    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.

    Genre – Gypsy Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    JFQ – THE JAMES FLYNN QUARTET (PERTH) – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 28th February 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Vocals: James Flynn – Over the last two decades, James Flynn has established himself as one of the top male vocalist on the Australian jazz scene.Trained as an actor, with experience touring throughout Britain, James Flynn lifts the bar for jazz vocalizing in Australia. He has developed a versatile career as an actor, singer,director and writer. His work has taken him to Europe, America, Asia and throughout Australia. He has recorded eight CDs and in addition to countless stage and television performances he has been the support artist for Ray Charles, James Morrison, Tommy Emanuel & Demis Roussos.James has established Pickles Productions, his own award winning theatre company in WA, where writes and produces educational musicals for children.

    Bassist and composer Marty Holoubek

    Pianist: and Keyboardist Lewis Moody

    Drums :Jacob Evans

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    The ishs/Allen Project (Album Launch)

    Wednesday 04th March 2015

    Often sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful arrangements, and recorded to perfection.
    — Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

    Experience The ishs/Allen Project at the very fine Paris Cat Jazz Club in the heart of Melbourne CBD. The ishs/Allen Project plays original, contemporary jazz tunes. Spearheaded by pianist ade ishs and drummer Chelsea Allen, this new Melbourne-based band gives listeners moments to indulge in immersive harmonies, lyrical melodies, and dexterous rhythms.

    After having been playing together for more than two years across states and in various festivals, including the most recent Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, the band is launching their eponymous debut album tonight. As part of their album promo tour, this concert will showcase original compositions by the bandleaders, including the music in the album.

    The album will be available through local boutiques such as Audiophile Reference Recordings, Readings, and Thomas’ Music as well as online retailers such as Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. The audience will also be able to get their copies directly from the band during the show.

    For more information about TiAP, visit:
    Website: http://tiap.info

    ade ishs — acoustic piano, voice
    Chelsea Allen — drums, voice
    Paul Bonnington — semi-acoustic and electric basses
    Ee Shan Pang — trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Latin Jazz / Folk Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    John Morrison & Jacki Cooper Quartet

    Thursday 05th March 2015

    The Cat in the Hat is at it again. John Morrison is making a return to Paris Cat with songbird Jacki Cooper, piano maestro Bob Sedergreen, Geoff Kluke on bass with special guest Dave Palmer on trombone. A swingin’ good time is guaranteed!

    Genre – Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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

    Friday 06th March 2015

    PERFORMING 2 X 45MIN SETS IN OUR NEW PARISIAN ROOM!

    NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    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

    Genre – Jazz / Pop / Soul
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz Band

    Friday 06th March 2015

    This is a group of young musicians from Melbourne (many of them recent or current students in the jazz course at Monash Uni) who have studied and played contemporary jazz styles, but also share a love of classic jazz. After recently spending time in New Orleans, Travis Woods and Daniel Berry decided to form a band to explore the classic jazz repertoire. The Sugarfoot Ramblers are Travis Woods (trumpet), James Macaulay (trombone), Jason Downes (clarinet), Brett Thompson (banjo), Marty Holoubek (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).

    The group has performed around town quite regularly over the past year including an appearance at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Open Studio and Uptown Jazz Cafe.

    Travis says, “We all love the music of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as local legends and personal heroes, The Red Onions and The Hoodangers. So that’s the music we enjoy playing in this band.”

    Personnel:
    Travis Woods – Trumpet
    James Macaulay – Trombone
    Jason Downes – Clarinet
    Marty Holoubek – Bass
    Brett Thompson – Banjo
    Daniel Berry – Drums

    Website:
    www.sugarfootramblers.com

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Panorama Brasil [Early 7-30pm Show]

    Saturday 07th March 2015

    Panorama Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazonian basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador. Panorama Brasil is lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr, one of Australia’s best exponents of Brazilian percussion. Kerr is known for his work with groups such as The Doug de Vries Trio, and Sexteto Zona Sul, and leads this group focusing on Brazilian music and new compositions.

    Well known to Paris Cat audiences through their Tom Jobim tribute shows, for this show Panorama Brasil will be presenting a special set of Brazilian instrumental music – sambas, bossa nova, maracatu, forró and more. They will also be playing music from their Bell Award-nominated album The Archer & the Dancer, which will be presented as part of a new dance work later in 2015.

    Asha Henfry – flute

    Alistair Parsons – trombone

    Matt Boden – piano

    James Gilligan – bass

    Alastair Kerr – drums/percussion

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    Mel Searle – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 07th March 2015

    Although a relative newcomer to Melbourne’s Jazz scene, Mel Searle is quickly making a name for herself as a gifted and distinctive jazz vocalist. With an innate talent for vocal improvisation and an exquisite vocal warmth and depth of tone, Mel’s vocals are luminescent and empathetic. Illumination is a key concept in Mel’s approach to producing sound. Creating a transparency within her vocals that brings light and clarity is something she works hard to attain. She believes that it’s all about passing on your expression and musical vision directly and clearly. This, combined with her superb control and artistry result in a musical sophistication which is compelling because of its simplicity and beauty…

    She will be accompanied by the brilliant and charismatic Craig Smith Quintet. For more info on Mel and for details of her new album please visit www.melsearle.com or www.facebook.com/melsearlesinger

    Lineup:
    Craig Smith – Piano
    Barney Loveland – Double Bass
    Phill Reichman – Sax
    Andrew Gordon – Guitar
    Lachlan Wallace – Drums.

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Lowther Hall – An Evening of Jazz

    Wednesday 11th March 2015

    LOWTHER HALL ANGLICAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL featuring special guests BOB SEDERGREEN, SONJA HORBELT and ENZO RUBERTO.

    Lowther Hall Musicians and Singers, along with legend Bob Sedergreen, will perform a selection of Jazz standards in what is shaping up to be a memorable and magical night of sassy swing, mood and style. Performing with Bob Sedergreen will be renowned Melbourne drummer Sonja Horbelt and bassist Enzo Ruberto. Sit back and relax as the voices and music our talented student musicians entertain you in our evening of Jazz.

    Genre – Student Jazz Recitals
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 6.30pm $25


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    The New Impromptu Quartet feat. Eric McGrath

    Thursday 12th March 2015

    Tonight’s billing sees The New Impromptu Quartet joined by Irish/Spanish singer-songwriter Eric McGrath for his debut Australian performance.

    Act One – The New Impromptu Quartet

    Act Two – The New Impromptu Quartet feat. Eric McGrath

    Melbourne-based New Impromptu Quartet, led by Alexander Nettlebeck are often more than a quartet! Exploring a world of styles and influences, the band will be highlighting a range of influences including jazz and reggae in their original compositions along with re workings of some favourite standards. Songwriter and singer Eric McGrath has recorded 2 albums in Europe and is fast becoming known for his latin influenced style of breezy pop tunes. This is sure to be a great night and not to be missed!

    Line up:
    Guitar/Vocals – Eric McGrath
    Piano/Keys – Alexander Nettelbeck
    Double/Electric Bass – Rene Tessmer
    Drums – Keith Pereira
    Violin – Les Gyori (special guest)

    Genre – Jazz / Bossa / Latin
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 13th March 2015

    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

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Griff’s Gravy Train

    Friday 13th March 2015

    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.

    Genre – Bop / Blues / Funk
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Vintage Roots – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 13th March 2015

    Led by the ever versatile and sassy vocalist, Jennifer Kerr, Vintage Roots re-interpret classic pop songs. Imagine pop classics done in 1930’s, Motown, New Orleans groove or just straight out swing. Paul Van Ross weaves his magic musical lines on winds and you’ll love his catchy arrangements. With songs by Cold Chisel, John Farnham, Maroon 5, Justice Crew, Justin Bieber and an all star line up, this is classic pop like you’ve never heard before. Vintage Roots will redefine what you know as pop music.

    Line up:
    Jennifer Kerr – vocals
    Paul Van Ross – saxophone / flute / clarinet
    Darrin Archer – piano
    Tom Lee – double bass
    Aaron McCoullough – drums.

    Genre – Motown / New Orleans Groove / Straight out Swing
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Alma Mater – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    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.
    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.

    Genre – Portuguese Fado / Brazilian Modihna
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special Guest Emma Gilmartin

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    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 Paul Williamson (Vocals/Sax ) & Bob Sedergreen on piano. The group will perform a wonderful selection of jazz standards and is always a fun night.

    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Emma Gilmartin : Guest Vocalist
    Bob Sedergreen : Piano
    Frank Disario: Bass
    Michael Jordan : Drums

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Sam Keevers’ América Do Sul featuring Jacqueline Gawler – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    ‘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

    Genre – Indie Jazz / Brazilian / Latin
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Daniel Hunter Quartet – (Paris) Paris Cat Debut

    Wednesday 18th March 2015

    With his debut album, Australian guitarist/composer Daniel Hunter, takes listeners on a musical voyage which reflects his own travels over the past 7 years. Featuring saxophonist Warren Walker (The Kandinsky effect), bassist Damien Varaillon (Nicolas Folmer Quartet), and drummer Nicolas Charlier (Thomas Encho Trio), the album includes compositions which recall his home town of Canberra, to the icy Swiss winter, and his current home of Paris.

    While the music incorporates the European aesthetic, it also preserves flavours that can only be identified as specific to the Australian jazz sound. Some influences are clearly present; John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, James Muller and Wanderlust. The pieces were all composed on the guitar, and consist of rich harmonic movement and bright melodies. They make the most of the strengths and natural features of the instrument, but are also written with the lyrical qualities of the tenor saxophone in mind.

    “4 stars!” – John McBeath, The Australian

    “A musician/traveller to keep in sight. We’re following him closely!” – Culturejazz.fr

    “A lovely surprise!” – Alex Dutilh, France Musique

    www.danielhuntermusic.com

    Daniel Hunter – Guitar, Compositions
    Jack Beeche – Saxophone
    Gareth Hill – Double Bass
    Sam Young – Drums

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Vanessa Fernandez

    Thursday 19th March 2015

    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
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    La Tin Shed Orquesta – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 20th March 2015

    Experience La Tin Shed Orquesta’s unique sound as they weave their infectious mix of gorgeous Argentinian tangos with a modern twist. This up and coming 6 piece is fast becoming a regular at many of Melbourne’s best loved venues such as Ruby’s Music Room, Paris Cat, Open Studio, and The Wesley Anne. Featuring Suzanne Andrews – Piano, Karina Di Sisto – Cello, Sophie Dunn – Violin, John Goldsworthy – Bass, Emily Kimpton – Flute, and Jack Mithen – Guitars. Be transported to a Cafetin in Buenos Aires and start the weekend on a good note!

    Listen, Like, or find out more about La Tin Shed Orquesta at http://kldisisto.wix.com/latinshed

    Genre – Argentinian Tango / Latin
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Julie Bailey – ‘Tenderness’

    Saturday 21st March 2015

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    “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).”

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Allira Wilson (NEW 8.30pm SHOW)

    Saturday 21st March 2015

    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’.
    Alliras debut album ‘Rise and Fall’ recently won the Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album 2014 and was recently ABCs Feature Album of the week.

    ‘Wilson took out best Australian jazz vocal award at the 2014 Bell Awards and this debut album signals the arrival of an important new voice’ ( John McBeath- The Weekend Australian, 4 stars).

    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.

    Allira has been featured on composer Alice Humphries’ Album ECILA and the Rick Webster Project as well as recently on Barney McAll and Gian Slaters new album.
    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 is a member of ‘Invenio’, a 16 piece vocal ensemble lead by Gian Slater. The group recently toured the East Coast of Australia performing original repertoire and launching the new album Clarion/Whisper. Allira recently performed at the Perth International Jazz Festival and will be touring the East Coast later this year.

    ‘A flawless interpreter, she pays due respect to the tradition within her explorations’ ( Vanessa Perica- Ausjazznet.com)

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

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Soul
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 26th March 2015

    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

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Latin
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Friday 27th March 2015

    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.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 27th March 2015

    Upcoming Jazz vocalist Elissa Rodger has been performing from a young age, and launched her Jazz career after undertaking studies at Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. She was inspired to explore the world of jazz after being exposed to the Coltrane and Hartman ballads album when she was 15.

    The ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ was formed after a recent trip to New York and has been going from strength to strength. The Sextet is influenced by artists such as Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly and Kurt Elling and the ensemble strives to challenge each other and explore new musical ideas.

    Genre – Contemporary Vocal Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Yellowbird Jazz Band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 28th March 2015

    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

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    THE SWING MERCHANTS (MEL/SYD) *ONE SHOW ONLY!*

    Saturday 28th March 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    The Swing Merchants are a group of like-minded young players whose main aim to is swing, and to swing hard! With Olivia Chindamo on vocals, Jake Barden and Lachlan Hamilton (SYD) on reeds, William Morrison (SYD) on guitar, Harry Morrison (SYD) on double bass and Patrick Danao (SYD) on drums, they are sure to have you dancing in your seat in no time!

    Playing classic tracks made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Djando Reinhardt, The Swing Merchants will take you back in time to celebrate the early years of swing, dating as far back as the Dixieland era. Seeing these guys play together is something not to be missed, so put on your dancing shoes, gather your friends and get swinging!

    Genre – Swing / Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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