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

    Sunday 21st December 2014

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

     

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    Cannonball Are Back!

    Thursday 08th January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…TO WELCOME IN 2015 AT THE PARIS CAT…

    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

    Performance Room – Basement

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    “Oscar Neyland/Aly Patmore present “All I Do Is Dream” – An Octet Tribute to Duke Ellington”

    Thursday 08th January 2015

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOWTIME

    A BIG BAND NOT TO BE MISSED…PARIS CAT DEBUT

    “In jazz [Ellington] was a giant among giants. And in twentieth century music, he may yet one day be recognized as one of the half-dozen greatest masters of our time.”
    Presenting the music of the great Duke Ellington is “All I Do Is Dream” – a new Melbourne septet led by bassist Oscar Neyland (Yellowbird, Oscar Neyland Quartet, Ricochet). Devoted to presenting tribute nights to jazz icons of the past with entirely new arrangements, each concert features guest artists leading the group through the music and stories of their chosen icon.
    On this occasion Tasmanian singer Aly Patmore leads the group through her Duke Ellington arrangements, developed while studying at the University of Performing Arts and Music in Graz, Austria. A recipient of the prestigious PPCA Performers Trust Australian Award, Aly is a performer who focuses on developing a relationship with the audience through the stories contained within the songs. She currently resides in Hobart, directing the Hobart Jazz Octet and the Aly Patmore Trio.

    The group consists of:
    Niran Dasika on Trumpet (Movement 9, Mingus Thingus)
    Tom Noonan on Alto (Bennett’s Lane Big Band, Lightly Toasted, Tom Noonan Trio)
    Ron Romero on Tenor (Brae Grimes V, The End)
    James Macaulay on Trombone (The Lagerphones, Sugarfoot Ramblers, Australian Art Orchestra)
    Joel Trigg on Piano (Yellowbird, Movement 9, James Osbourne Jazz Collective)
    Oscar Neyland on Double Bass (Yellowbird, Oscar Neyland Quartet, Josh Kelly Trio)
    Dan Berry on Drums (Yellowbird, Sugarfoot Ramblers)

    Further information can be found at www.oscarneylandmusic.com/all-i-do-is-dream

    Genre – Big Band / Blues / Ragtime
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Friday 09th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK ELLY HOYT 2015 …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”.

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

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


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    REBECCA MENDOZA With the Joe Ruberto Trio

    Friday 09th January 2015

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Rebecca Mendoza is one of the finest jazz singers in Australia. Having been influenced by singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald from an early age, she has developed into a seasoned performer. From singing in intimate jazz clubs to large musical theatres all over the world (We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon, Lord of The Rings, Hair, Fame) and even the silver screen ( Star Wars III) Rebecca’s voice always shines.

    Accompanied by the versatility of the Joe Ruberto Trio with Joe Ruberto on piano, Gideon Marcus on drums and Dean Addison on bass, Rebecca performs soulful ballads through to toe tappers guaranteed to take even the most seasoned listener on an extraordinary musical journey.

    “…….the timbre of her voice is warm and smooth with spacious low notes and a resonant top. One can tell that gospel and Billie Holiday had been an influence in the formation of her technique, the sound is however unique and thrillinglyjazzy……..”
    Daniele Kaleva ( Australian Stage Magazine)

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


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    Vintage Roots – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME – PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM

    Friday 09th January 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT IN OUR BRAND NEW PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM WEEKEND LAUNCH….NOT TO BE MISSED!!

    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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Motown / New Orleans Groove / Straight out Swing
    Performance Room – New Parisian Loft – Located on the Top floor of the Paris Cat
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    ‘Hetty Kate’s Swingville’

    Saturday 10th January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Straight-ahead / Swing / Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ‘Sukaro Gypsy Jazz Band’ – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 10th January 2015

    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
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Kimba Griffith Septet – NEW 8.30pm SHOWTIME – PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM

    Saturday 10th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK ‘THE KIMBA GRIFFITH SEPTET‘ TO LAUNCH OUR BRAND NEW ‘PARISIAN LOFT’ PERFORMANCE ROOM!!

    LOCATED ON THE TOP LEVEL AT THE PARIS CAT!!

    “Kimba’s fine tone and phrasing take us down new pathways, creating intimate settings that captivate” – Leon Gettler, The Age Newspaper (Melbourne)

    “Concentrating on drawing out the story behind each song…there is passion in Kimba’s voice” Vulture Magazine

    Kimba is known for her warm, true tone and ability to find new stories and sounds from the jazz canon. Equally comfortable in the intimate guitar/vocal setting of Kimba and Ryan or her west-coast bop influenced Kimba Griffith Septet, Kimba’s sound has been likened to vocalists like Chris Connor and Anita O’Day.

    Kimba has been performing at all the major jazz venues around Melbourne for the past 15 years; recent highlights include a sold out album launch for Kimba and Ryan at Bennetts Lane, and regular performances at The Paris Cat and Open Studio.

    Together, Kimba and Ryan have travelled continents performing jazz and honing their unique and reverent jazz sound, being invited to be the house band at the Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival in 2006 and performing at embassies and press clubs from Paris to Phnom Penh. Kimba also spent 3 years living in Osaka, carving out a faithful following at the live houses and jazz street festivals. She’s returning her first Japan Tour in July 2014 with dates at the famed Royal Horse Jazz Club in Umeda.

    As well as the upcoming tour, her septet are halfway through work on their debut album and have dates throughout the year. There’s also another Kimba and Ryan album in the works.
    “Kimba’s…music is a conversation; her light voice..draws you in for a close and confidential chat” The Age Newspaper

    Lineup:
    Kimba Griffith: Vocals
    Ryan Griffith: Guitar
    Adrian Perger: Trumpet
    Sam Bates: Drums
    Sam Zerna: Bass
    Ben Gillespie: Trombone
    Gideon Brazil: Saxophone

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft (Located on the top level at the Paris Cat)
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Nathan Slater Quartet

    Wednesday 14th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Australian born Guitarist Nathan Slater is emerging as one of the most exciting and original musical voices in the country. His Musical upbringing has been very diverse, studying traditions such as Jazz, Flamenco, Tango, and the music of Brazil. His playing and compositional approach reflects these influences, creating music that is rich, elegant and deeply moving.

    Nathan has been a sideman and led his own ensemble since moving to Melbourne in 2004. He has performed, recorded, toured nationally and internationally with such artists as Gian Slater Trio, Arte Kanela, La Rumba, One night in Buenos Aires, Ross James Irwin, and Australian tango Champion dancers Fabio Roble and Ana Andre.

    Nathan is in the process of recording his highly anticipated debut album, which will be released later this year.

    Nathan Slater – Guitar
    Sam Keevers – Piano
    Johnny Tedesco – Percussion
    Christopher Hale – Bass

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Tango / Brazilian
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Cathy Menezes – Singer, Improviser and Composer

    Thursday 15th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK CATHY MENEZES…SPECIAL 9.30PM SHOWTIME

    Singer Song-writer, and Musician – Cathy Menezes, will be performing at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, on Thursday, 2nd October at 9 pm.

    Presenting her compositions and standards arranged into a style of smooth cool jazz. So to all those “Cool Cats” don’t miss out on what’s yet to come. It’s going to be a great evening.

    Also accompanying Cathy will be: Andrew Jones – piano, Oliver Powell – Bass, Diego Vliallta – guitar and Sean McLeod- drums.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

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


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    The Lagerphones – Early 7.30pm Show

    Thursday 15th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    The Lagerphones are a six piece New Orleans band with Australian voices and a contemporary attitude. Featuring Ben Harrison on trumpet, Jon Hunt on clarinet, James Macaulay on trombone, Louis King on guitar, Marty Holoubek on bass and Nick Martyn on drums, they play classics from the jazz giants of yesteryear, original compositions, some nasty songs from when they were kids, and few Antipodean cornerstones. From the Raucous to the sublime and Louis Armstrong to Paul Kelly, they play a uniquely Melbournian brand of trad jazz.

    Genre – Trad Jazz / New Orleans Big Band
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Kelsey James & The Kamikaze Bees – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 16th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK…PERFORMING IN OUR NEW PARISIAN LOFT ROOM!!!

    Kelsey James & The Kamikaze Bees are a Melbourne-based gypsy swing band. Featuring members of Paris Cat favourites The Furbelows, and Duck Musique, The Bees are a sought after band for swing dancing organisations Swing Patrol and 1929 Studios. The acoustic warmth of the hot club rhythm section breathes new life into jazz standards from the 1920s and 30s. Led by one of the swing scene’s favourite vocalists, Kelsey James, you’ll bounce in your seat to the tunes of Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald, and melt a little to Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’ and The Mills Brothers’ ‘Smoke Rings’.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

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


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

    Friday 16th January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…NOT TO BE MISSED!

    EARLY 7.30PM 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 25 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

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


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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz Band

    Friday 16th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    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).

    Travis, James and Daniel also play in a New Orleans-style brass band, Horns of Leroy, while Travis also plays traditional jazz with Shirazz. Brett and James make regular appearances in The Australian Art Orchestra. James is also a regular member in the Bennetts Lane Big Band and Stephen Grant’s Quartet. Marty has played extensively with New Orleans trumpet player Leroy Jones and also just returned from a trip to New Orleans. Jason is the senior member of the band, and has played with various Melbourne bands, including Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers, Michael McQuaid’s Late Hour Boys and the Creole Bells, along with various bands of his own.

    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

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

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


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 17th January 2015

    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.

    Joe Chindamo on piano
    Phil Rex on Bass
    Sam Bates on drums
    Phil Noy on sax

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

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


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    The JC Little Big Band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 17th January 2015

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Jason Chalmers, Tenor Saxophone, along with his 10 piece band, plays an intimate collection of tunes which have moved and inspired him over the years. In his own unique way, he draws on elements of character, Personality and style very much associated with the vintage big band experience.

    Jason has pioneered his own, authentic sound and character, ranging from Raging screams to gentle moans to playful growls.

    Having been terribly afflicted with an over abundance of personality and teamed up with his merry team of musicians, The JC Big band is sure to deliver a night of fun big band jazz.

    The JC Little big band plays a large repertoire of big band classic instrumentals from Count Basie Duke Ellington through to Louis Prima and Dizzy Gillespie. Featuring classics like Sing Sing Sing, April in Paris, Shiny stockings, and many more.

    Not to mention our collection of vocal tunes featuring such classics as All of me, Fly me to the moon and Straighten up and fly right.

    Join us for a trip down a Big Band memory lane…

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Vintage Big Band
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 17th January 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT PERFORMED IN OUR NEW PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM

    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 (Located on the top level of the Paris Cat)
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    ‘Adam Rudegeair’s Bayou Tapestry’

    Wednesday 21st January 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    The music of New Orleans has always figured prominently in Adam’s performances, and with his sophomore album ‘Bayou Tapestry’ he immersed the listener in a conceptual gumbo of street-funk rhythms, mossy eco-vigilantes and shambling voodoo zombies dancing to the Mardi Gras second-line. Performing original compositions from the album with his six-piece band, Adam’s take on the music of the Crescent City is cinematic, psychedelic and invigorating!

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


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    Audrey Powne and Nick Pietsch

    Thursday 22nd January 2015

    WELCOME BACK….

    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.

    Special guest for this performance is Nick Pietsch an incredible singer/trombone player!

    Genre – Jazz / Swing Standards
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Mel Searle – Album Launch “Serenade in Blue”

    Thursday 22nd January 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – EARLY 7PM SHOWTIME

    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…

    Mel is thrilled to launch her new album “Serenade in Blue” to Melbourne audiences this summer! 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 – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $20


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    The Jack Earle Sextet – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 23rd January 2015

    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
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Ivy Stone Assembly – PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Friday 23rd January 2015

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    The Ivy Stone Assembly blends musical textures of 1950s r & b, soul, blues and classic jazz, to create a unique infusion of melody, roots rhythms and urban grooves.

    Ivy Stone delivers the vocal message direct from the legends of soul and blues including Etta James, Nina Simone and Ruth Brown. Adeptly combining sounds and styles from more contemporary artists such as Melody Gardot and Amy Winehouse. Joined by all star band and united by a love of authentic and passionate roots music.

    The Ivy Stone Assembly performs with the energy, honesty and respect, that real roots music deserves. Engaging and involving the audience in a bona fide musical journey; reigniting the soulful flame and leading the way to a true musical evolution.

    Ivy Stone – Vocals
    Ivy Stone is a naturally gifted vocalist who draws on emotional experience to define and validate her powerful vocal delivery and compelling stage presence. Aspiring to share with the audience the emotion and energy of music; Ivy Stone is passionate about performing, honest in her delivery and, as a result, a vocal force to be reckoned with.

    Andrew Langton-Joy – Guitar
    Andrew Langton Joy is an accomplished guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist who will breathe life into the rich “rootsy” harmonic colours and rhythmic feel of The Ivy Stone Assembly. Raised on a musical gumbo consisting of blues, jazz, country and rock music; his influences include the great Muddy Waters. Greatly respected and highly sought after sideman.

    Quentin Frayne – Drums/Vocals
    Quentin Frayne is a musician that pulls no punches, playing with energy, expression and an unquestionable passion. Under “Q’s” command, it’s all or it’s nothing and when the music begins to roll, the groove will rise to a higher level; inspiring and encouraging the band to sonic improvisation and the audience to get up and dance!

    Robbie Cappuccio – Saxophone
    A class act from the top of his trilby to the points of his patent leather shoes, Robbie Cappuccio first established his jazz identity in Italy, serving his apprenticeship touring throughout Europe with big bands, jazz trios and ensembles. Trading “blows” with funk/soul saxophonist legend Maceo Parker is one of his great musical moments.

    Stephen J Hyde – Upright Bass/Vocals
    Surrounded by jazz, swing and 50’s rock and roll music, Stephen’s musical lineage was largely unknown – until told his grandfather (a swing band bass player) performed the dance halls of London during The Blitz. Gigging and jamming with locally raised, international talents before joining The Assembly.

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


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    The Pacific Belles – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Saturday 24th January 2015

    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!

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – 1940’s Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special Guest Julie O’hara – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 24th January 2015

    PERFORMING  IN OUR PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM!!

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    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 Julie O’hara (Vocals) & Bob Sedergreen on piano. The group will perform a wonderful selection of jazz standards and is always a fun night.

    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Bob Sedergreen: Piano
    Frank Disario: Bass
    Michael Jordon: Drums
    Julie O’hara: Vocals

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    The Randy Anderson

    Saturday 24th January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

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


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    Mingus Thingus

    Wednesday 28th January 2015

    WELCOME BACK MINGUS THINGUS…

    Mingus Thingus is a band dedicated to playing the compositions of Charles Mingus. They are back for 2014 featuring a line-up of some of Melbourne’s excellent up and coming young musicians, who collectively strive towards achieving the same level of passion, energy and excitement in their playing that is synonymous with Mingus’ repertoire.

    Nick McCusker – Baritone Saxophone
    Paul Cornelius – Tenor Saxophone
    Stephen Byth – Alto Saxophone
    Niran Dasika – Trumpet
    Simon Carter – Trombone
    Daniel Mougerman – Piano
    Hiroki Hoshino – Double Bass
    Cameron Sexton – Drum Kit

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


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    Shol Quintet

    Thursday 29th January 2015

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    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 DÉBUT!

    ‘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

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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

    PERFORMING IN OUR NEW PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM…

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


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    REIMAGINING BURT BACHARACH – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 30th January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND NOT TO BE MISSED…

    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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

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


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini Returns

    Saturday 31st January 2015

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND TAMARA KULDIN…

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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

    WE WELCOME BACK NICHAUD’S QUINTET TO PERFORM IN OUR BRAND NEW PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM…

    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
    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 IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

    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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

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


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