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    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


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    ‘Koblenz’ – Daniel Weltlinger (BERLIN)

    Wednesday 01st April 2015

    ‘Koblenz’ is the first in a series of recordings to sequel world renowned Berlin based violinist and composer Daniel Weltlinger’s 2011 album ‘Souvenirs: A Tribute to French-Gypsy composer Django Reinhardt’ and is proudly sponsored by BNP Paribas in Australia. The new album is comprised entirely of Daniel’s original compositions with a multilayered storyline that commemorates the life and times of Django Reinhardt and separately the Reinhardt family based in Koblenz, the story of Sinti and Roma in Europe, as well as references to Daniel’s multi-national European family heritage and the Yiddish language which originates from the Rhineland region in Germany where Koblenz is located.

    Daniel Weltlinger – violin
    Peter Baylor – guitar
    Jon Delaney – guitar
    Howard Cairns – double bass


    Genre – Gypsy Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $20

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    The Randy Anderson

    Thursday 02nd April 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.

    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 $20

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    Rebecca Mendoza – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Thursday 02nd April 2015

    Growing up under the influence of jazz pianist/arranger father Noel Mendoza, Rebecca started on the Jazz scene at an early age singing the swingin’ and sultry songs Cole Porter, Gershwin and Van Heusen to name a few. One can tell that Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson were some of the greats that Rebecca grew up listening to hence forming her style and technique.

    Although steeped in jazz history, Rebecca attributes her stage craft and her ability of breaking down and connecting with a song to the wonderful internationally acclaimed shows, directors and actors she has worked with over the years. Some of her stage works include the original Australian production and German production of Miss Saigon, Show Boat, Hair, the original stage production of Lord of the Rings in Toronto, Canada which was nominated for a Dora award. Rebecca was also invited to sing at Noosa Jazz festival where she performed a Billie Holliday tribute show, which she major success and sell out performances.

    Her style is her own, especially as her sets are infused with personal anecdotes of her life and what those jazz standards mean to her.
    Songs such as My Romance, Embraceable You, The Shadow of you Smile and Black Coffee

    Piano: Sam Keevers
    Bass: Michael Tortoni
    Drums: Gideon Marcus


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

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    Friday 03rd April 2015

    Adrian Cunningham: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
    Joe Chindamo: Piano
    Ben Robertson: Bass
    Hugh Harvey Drums

    “Adrian Cunningham is more proof there’s a lot going on in Australia’s Jazz scene.”
    Album Review, Cadence magazine, New York

    “Adrian Cunningham’s saxophone solo actually had me making whimpering noises in the front stalls”
    The Independent, London

    “Possibly the only young saxophonist with a sound reminiscent of Eddie Miller”
    The Wall St Journal

    “Adrian Cunningham’s clarinet playing saved the day for me.”
    The Star, Johannesburg

    “One of the unexpected joys of the album is the rich, woody clarinet of Cunningham”
    Hot House Magazine, New York (Wycliffe Gordon CD review)

    Adrian Cunningham, a New York based musician originally hailing from Sydney; is is one of the country’s finest multi-instrumentalists; known for swapping seamlessly from sax to clarinet to flute. He is returning home to release a new CD Ain’t That Right recorded at Avatar Studios for US based label Arbors Records, an album dedicated to the swinging tunes of long time Basie collaborator Neal Hefti.

    Adrian is one of his home country’s best jazz exports having performed locally with artists as diverse as Marcia Hines, Australian Idol Band, James Morrison, and Galapagos Duck as well as his own Quartet. He is returning to his favourite Melbourne home, Paris Cat, as part of his 2013 Australian tour. He is fortunate to be joined by the great Joe Chindamo on piano, Ben Robertson on bass and Hugh Harvey on drums.

    Since relocating to New York City in 2008 he has performed at some of the Big Apple’s finest clubs- Blue Note, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Apollo Theatre, Fat Cat, Dizzy’s Club (Lincoln Centre) and even a private event at the hallowed Village Vanguard; with such luminaries as Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, George Coleman Jr, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Chris Potter.

    Adrian is currently performing with world-class trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, which included a performance at the London Jazz festival and a recording in Abbey Road studios alongside Wess Anderson, Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley. Adrian has appeared on 2 of Wycliffe’s album releases to rave reviews. (“One of the unexpected joys of the album is the rich, woody clarinet of Cunningham” album review; Hot House NYC)



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

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

    Friday 03rd April 2015

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

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    Cannonball – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 04th April 2015

    Olivia Chindamo – 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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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 04th April 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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    The JC little big band with Lilly Tunley – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 04th April 2015

    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…

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

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    Wednesday 08th April 2015

    SURFACE brings together the excitement of contemporary improvisation with the sensibility of folk music and delivers it with the raw energy of a rock gig, with original compositions featuring lush textures, driving grooves and irresistible melodies. The band performs the original compositions of the various band members – creating a varied selection of tunes whilst maintaining a strong and unified ensemble sound. The band draws upon modern influences including Kneebody, Brian Blade, David Binney, and Joni Mitchell.

    Following on from a successful first year of performances in 2014 that included performing at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival at Bennetts Lane as well as collaborating with local jazz greats including Hue Blanes and Julian Banks, SURFACE has hit the ground running with numerous performances in 2015 and is looking forward to spending time in the studio recording their debut album in April.

    Band Members:
    Liam Werrett – Alto Saxophone
    Niran Dasika – Trumpet
    Lachlan Hensey – Guitar
    Daniel Mougerman – Keys
    Claire Cross – Bass
    Cameron Sexton – Drums

    Genre – Folk / Contemporary / Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $15

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    Mietta – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 09th April 2015

    Is MIETTA Australian music’s best kept secret?

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

    Her intriguing blend of styles- Flamenco, Jazz, Brazilian, Soul, Funk and Blues really set her apart. Delivered by MIETTA’S exquisite vocals, her beautiful, original music will take you on an uncharted journey across the globe.
    (Already heard by listeners to ABC Radio’s evening program.)

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

    With other special guests, this performance is not to be missed.

    Genre – Jazz / Latin
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $20

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    The Pacific Belles – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Friday 10th April 2015

    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!

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

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    TOTTIE & THE WANDERERS, Feat: Hue Blanes – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Friday 10th April 2015

    Playfully combining the feisty spirit of the great jazz divas with the quirkiness of pop, this string-based quartet will bring a sweet new flavour to your jazz palate!

    Phoebe, AKA ‘Tottie, (band leader/singer/violinist) was the first violinist to complete a Bachelor of Music in jazz violin at Monash University, has studied at New York University, and performed throughout the United States and Europe. The name ‘Tottie’ is a tribute to Phoebe’s great-great grandmother, Isabella Davidson – an internationally acclaimed opera singer during the nineteenth century, whose stage name was ‘Tottie’.

    For this special show, Tottie & the Wanderers will be joined by acclaimed pianist and singer Hue Blanes. A virtuoso pianist with a musky, melancholic singing voice, Hue Blanes has been playing music since he was seven. He is a Melbourne institution, dug in deeper than a tick, and co-runs Jazz Party, a pop-up underground music dive, and plays keys for soul/funk legends The Bamboos.

    Tottie & the Wanderers dare you not to tap a toe to their tunes. Bring a friend and get ready to fall in love with Tottie & the Wanderers.

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

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    The Barrelhouse Monkeys (PARIS CAT DEBUT)

    Friday 10th April 2015

    This band is the idea of two players who have played together for 17 years and share a love and passion for New Orleans music. The Barrelhouse Monkeys play the music of Jelly Roll Morten, Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk.

    They draw on the rich jazz tradition and make it their own with hard swinging music and a diverse improvising language.

    The band members have played with the foremost jazz musicians both locally and internationally, and have travelled the world playing in many different countries.

    The Barrelhouse Monkeys are about having a good time and enjoying the fun, joy and irreverence jazz music can bring.

    Patrick Thiele – Trumpet
    Jon Hunt – Clarinet
    Nick Pietsch – Trombone
    James Bowers – Piano
    Marty Holoubek – Bass
    Sam Bates – Drums

    Genre – New Orleans
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20

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    Noria Letts Quintet – NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Saturday 11th April 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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    Saturday 11th April 2015

    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 20’s and 30’s / Contemporary Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20

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    Joe Ruberto Trio and Charlotte Jane – Jobim and All That ‘Cool’ Jazz

    Saturday 11th April 2015

    Whilst American jazz musicians were producing the “cool sound” in the 50’s and 60’s, down south Jobim was fusing Brazilian bossa nova/samba rhythms and jazz. Join Charlotte Jane and the Joe Ruberto Trio for the best of Jobim and “cool” jazz.

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

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    Nathan Slater Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Wednesday 15th April 2015

    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 – 8.30pm $15

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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special Guest Julia Messenger

    Friday 17th April 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
    Julia Messenger: 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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    Friday 17th April 2015

    NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Tom Waits, rain dog, palooka, raconteur, the man in the boat at the end of the world. Through words and music he paints mysterious realms of dark romance and exquisite melancholy, gin house ruckus and occasional violence. He is simply one of the Great Artists of our time, whose song book is a definitive sound track for the last two generations of the gritty edge of Bohemia.

    These songs are miniature film-noire explorations of the most interesting crevices of the human condition and any singer worth their salt cannot resist the journey. Pearly Black – a dark exterior and crimson underbelly, a warm rich voice, and a marvellously musical talent – is one singer who is uniquely worthy of the repertoire. In the moody kabarett of The Paris Cat, Pearly presents a wonderful tribute to The Great Man. The song selection will highlight his best known and best loved songs as well as some marvellous obscurities, and upon them shall be squandered of some of the greatest musical talent in the land.

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

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    Friday 17th April 2015


    Chet Baker’s understated yet unmistakable sound on trumpet, flugelhorn and voice made him a popular cultural icon of the 50s, perhaps best illustrated in his timeless rendition of the jazz standard, ‘My Funny Valentine’. His debut vocal album “Chet Baker Sings” and later release, “It Could Happen to You” both earned him critical praise for their tasteful song selection and captivating vocal delivery; he has been described as “James Dean, Sinatra and Bix rolled into one”.

    Award-winning jazz vocalist Nicola Watson, in her new project with pianist Nathan Liow ‘reimagines’ the legendary life and music of Chet Baker, combining song and storytelling to traverse the tumultuous career and personal life of one of the great jazz musicians of the 1950s. The duo are joined by Tom Jovanovic on trumpet, recently returning from his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, which he attended under multiple scholarships from both Australia and United States.

    Nicola Watson’s debut album Clear is the Coast was released through Newmarket Music to critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. Her 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 brand new arrangement and performance of the music of Chet Baker.

    “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

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

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    Hetty Kate & the Irwell Street String Band

    Saturday 18th April 2015

    Hetty Kate – voice/ukulele; Sam Lemann – guitar/ukulele; Andy Baylor (Sydney) – guitar; Leigh Barker – double bass.

    The sweetest string band in town.. Irwell Street features two guitars, occasionally some ukulele, and of course swinging double bass, led by the delightfully vintage voiced jazz vocalist Hetty Kate and popular guitarist Sam Lemann.

    Playing sparkling, sentimental and sassy songs plucked from the scrapbooks of Tinseltown, the well trodden paths of wartime Britain and the colourful beaches of South America – songs to reawaken long forgotten memories, and songs you may not have heard before. Irwell Street has a beautiful repertoire from the 1930′s to the 1950′s, curated and arranged to be fresh and original, yet staying true to the memory of those that went before.

    Always weaving a special magic when they play together, founding members Hetty Kate and Sam Lemann tip their caps to the popular jazz duo’s of the past.. Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour, Julie London and Barney Kessell, Mary Ford and Les Paul. With two sell out albums under their belts, having been heard on radios around the world (BBC Radio 2 / ABC Jazztrack) and having performed all over the country, this band is worth a listen – guaranteed to have you smiling and tapping your feet!

    “Hetty Kate’s voice overflows with a natural musicality” Richard Fields 3CR Melbourne


    Genre – 30’s & 40’s Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25

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    Heather Stewart “Sings Billie Holiday” NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Saturday 18th April 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/Reverse Swing). 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.

    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

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

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    Shelley Segal – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 18th April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Folk / Jazz / Blues / Reggae & Pop
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $25

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    The Lagerphones – NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    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 – 8.30pm $15

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    Briana Cowlishaw Trio [Syd]

    Thursday 23rd April 2015

    Briana is a young composer and vocalist who performs with an intriguing sense of adventure and vulnerability. Her lyrics are woven with her honest expression, telling stories of her life experiences and the reflection that comes with them. Her soothing melodies are combined with quirky arrangements that take you on a journey through every song.

    At a tender age of 26, Briana has released 2 albums of her own original music, ‘When Fiction Comes to Life’ and P’aper Mache City’, both recorded in New York City (2011, 2013).  Her debut album was recorded with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson, and was nominated for best vocal jazz album in the 2012 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Briana has embarked on 4 international tours over the past 2 years, performing at festivals such as the Chilpo International Jazz Festival (Korea), Urbanscapes (Kuala Lumpur), Melbourne International Jazz Festival and VIVID (Sydney).

    With a new album on the way, Briana will perform at the Paris Cat this month alongside Melbourne locals Hugh Stucky and James Gilligan, playing her original compositions along with a number of arranged standards and pop tunes (Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder).

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 7.30pm $20

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    Audrey Powne and Nick Pietsch – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 23rd April 2015

    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 – 8.30pm $15

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    Paul Van Ross – ClaveMania

    Friday 24th April 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

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

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    Moogy Presents… “An Intimate Evening of French Jazz-Pop” – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 24th April 2015

    Déborrah “Moogy” Morgan is a French speaking Belgian-Australian singer/songwriter/pianist.

    She has delighted audiences with her charm, her haunting voice and expressive piano playing. Her flair for interpreting the classic French songs of the 50’s and 60’s is captivating and has markedly influenced her songwriting in both French and English.

    Join her in an intimate soirée of French chanson and Jazz-Pop original songs accompanied by the very suave Apú and his slick, infectious beats on percussion and the beautiful Emma Rodda’s silky and sometimes bodacious tones on the violin.

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

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    Mandy Meadows Farewell Show

    Friday 24th April 2015

    After a year of traversing the globe for six star cruise ships and The Walt Disney Company, Mandy Meadows brings to the stage a fabulous evening of her collection of favorite beautiful soul and jazz melodies, arranged by Nashville and New York Broadway musicians/arrangers John DeVries and Joel Pierson. She will perform as a Melbourne resident one last time before heading to London to continue her singing career.

    Mandy brings with her a stellar six piece lineup, led by Melbourne favorite John Montesante (Trumpet). Joining him is Michael Harding (Piano), Mark Elton (Bass), David Hicks (Drums), Eric Budd (Trombone) and Tim Wilson (Saxophone).

    Please join us in wishing Mandy safe travels as you sit back and relax with an evening of laughs, fun, stories from abroad and a cocktail in the Parisian Loft.

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

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    The Furbelows

    Saturday 25th April 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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    Panorama Brasil featuring Jacqueline Gawler – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 25th April 2015

    For the past two years Panorama Brasil have been entertaining audiences at the Paris Cat with an amazing mix of music from across Brazil. Music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazon basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador.

    Panorama Brasil is lead by Alastair Kerr, one of Australia’s leading exponents of Brazilian percussion, and for this show they will be joined by the wonderful Jacqueline Gawler. Jacq has lived in Brazil, performing and recording with some amazing musicians, and for this concert she will sing some beautiful Brazilian songs in English and Portuguese.

    Panorama Brasil performed at the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, premiering Kerr’s suite The Archer & the Dancer, which became their debut album. They also appeared at the 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival, and in 2015 will be part of a new dance work based on The Archer & the Dancer.

    Asha Henfry (flute)
    Andrew Hammon (trombone)
    Matt Boden (piano)
    Jorge Albuquerque (bass)
    Alastair Kerr (drums/percussion)
    Jacqueline Gawler (voice)


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

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    Tamara Kuldin’ s CD Launch – ‘SECRET LOVE’

    Saturday 25th April 2015

    We are excited to announce sassy songstress Tamara Kuldin’s launch of her brand spanking new Cd ‘Secret Love’ in our new Parisian Loft. A lover of storytelling through song, Tamara has charmed audiences from Melbourne to Paris with her trademark cheek, candour and vivacious versatility on stage. Together with her outstanding Septet (including the dapper gents from her ‘Dirty Martini’ shows) as well as some very special guests, Tamara is excited to present this special evening of song. ‘Secret Love’ celebrates a musical affair with song, from the likes of Doris Day, Esther Phillips, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin as well as a self penned big band doozie! Performing her repertoire of buxom blues, sassy Latin swing to romantic Parisian & sentimental ballads (some for the first time!) are Paul Williamson (saxaphone/clarinet), her babushka’s dreamboat Gianni Marinucci (trumpet/flugelhorn), Steve Paix (piano), Kim May (Double Bass), Craig Fermanis (guitar), Daniel Farrugia (drums) as well special guest appearances whose European flair will whisk you from Paris to Russia & back to America’s golden era of vintage swing. With champagne flowing, don’t miss out on what promises to be a fun and dazzling show…and purchase your very own signed copy of ‘Secret Love’!

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Latin Swing
    Performance Room – Parrisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25

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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors + STRING QUARTET

    Sunday 26th April 2015


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

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / Contemporary / Classical
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8pm $25

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    Bella Wolf – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Wednesday 29th April 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!

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

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    Genre – Latin / Jazz / Classical
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $25

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    Slide Night – PARIS CAT DEBUT (EARLY 7.30PM SHOW)

    Wednesday 29th April 2015

    Experience a journey through distant exotic and mysterious lands with Slide Night, Melbourne’s only 7-piece exotica band as they play the Paris Cat this April.

    After stunning transformative performances as funk rock fusion queen Betty Davis in last year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival, front woman Cecilia Low transforms once again this time offering up sensual jungle tone poems and lurid displays of colour and flesh – encapsulating a dark continent fantasia. Lush orchestrations complete with birdcalls, shimmering Afro-Cuban percussion and mad jungle flutes will transport you to a 5-o’clock dreamland.

    Mixing classic exotica arrangements from the likes of Les Baxter and Martin Denny with original compositions and arrangements, Slide Night perform along side two slide projectors beaming authentic travel slides from around the world.

    Slide Night are:
    Cecilia Low – vocals
    Asha Henfry – flute/alto flute
    Nat Grant – vibraphone/percussion
    Dan Richardson – congas/percussion
    Pete Clancy – guitar
    Hiroki Hoshino – double bass
    Christopher de Groot – keyboards/bass flute


    Genre – Afro-Cuban / Exotica
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $15

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    Andrew Kimber Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 30th April 2015

    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 – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $20

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