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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 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.

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    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.

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    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)

    www.panoramadobrasil.com

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    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’!

    SOLD OUT LIMITED STANDING ROOM TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR…

    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

    SPECIAL 8PM SUNDAY NIGHT SHOW IN OUR NEW PARISIAN LOFT ROOM

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

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

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

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

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

    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!

    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 – 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

    Links:
    Soundcloud
    https://soundcloud.com/slidenight/
    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/slidenight

    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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    ‘ALONE TOGETHER’ with Bridgette & Bob [Early 7pm Show]

    Friday 01st May 2015

    NEW EARLY 7PM SHOW – FEATURING 2 X 40MIN SETS

    Join Bridgette Allen and Bob Sedergreen on a musical journey of classic jazz love songs.
    Bridgette Allen is renowned as a Jazz and Cabaret artist in the music industry whose professional career has spanned over 40 years as a highly experienced and successful performing artist, educator and adjudicator in both Australia and New Zealand.
    Bob Sedergreen’s high regard and position in Australian music is unquestionable. His impact and influence in performance, composition and education for over half a century has secured his place as a national treasure.
    Collectively, Bridgette and Bob have worked closely together in excess of 20 years, blending their talents of piano and voice in jazz concerts, to the delight of discerning audiences.

    Bass: Geoff Kluke
    Drums: Sam Young

    Bookings essential!

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $25


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    RALEIGH’S – La Nuit Blanche

    Friday 01st May 2015

    New French-influenced Melbourne project La Nuit Blanche returns to the Paris Cat.

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

    This new collaboration of musicians cover French or French-influenced repertoire from gypsy jazz to chanson, pop and bossa. Think Reinhardt, Camille, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa Paradis…

    This ensemble features a stellar lineup of musicians with seasoned vocalist Raleigh Williams as band leader:

    Enzo Ruberto – Double Bass
    James Gilligan – Guitar
    Julian Banks – Saxophone
    Salvatore Greco – Accordion

    …and special guests!

    www.raleighwilliams.com.au

    Genre – Chanson/Gypsy Jazz/Bossa/Modern French with a Melbourne Twist…
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ANDREW NOLTE and his ORCHESTRA – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 01st May 2015

    “Andrew Nolte and His Orchestra is one of Melbourne’s leading 1920s music ensembles. Boasting an enormous repertoire spanning the entire Jazz-Age and employing a rich mixture of instrumentation, the band accurately recreates and evokes the same spirit, vitality and energy of the tunes from Radio, Stage and Screen. Performing hot and sweet numbers from original orchestrations of the 20s, the Orchestra is the product of Mr Nolte’s gramophone record collection and dedication to authenticity . The repertoire ranges from hot-dance and early jazz, to blues, pop tunes and novelty numbers. Be transported back to the Gatsby era with this truly vintage inspired ensemble. For a unique music experience these guys are the best in the business! ”

    Genre – Vintage 1920’s Hot Dance/Jazz/Blues/Pop
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quintet – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 02nd May 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:

    Joe Ruberto piano
    James Sherlock guitar
    Ben Robertson  bass
    Scott Lambie drums

    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.

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


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    La Tin Shed Orquesta – (Special 7pm Show)

    Saturday 02nd May 2015

    SPECIAL 7PM SHOW – 2 SET PERFORMANCE

    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 – Special 7pm Showtime $20


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    Paul Williamson’s – Hammond Combo

    Saturday 02nd May 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo has been one of the most popular bands on the Melbourne scene over the last decade, enjoying long-running residencies at venues like the Esplanade Hotel and the Rainbow Hotel ; in fact, they’re still at the Rainbow……..

    They play jazz built on a solid foundation of Rhythm & Blues. Who can resist the vibrant sound of a saxophone wailing over the full-bodied throb of a Hammond B-3 organ, pushed along by a driving beat from the drums ? This is music that grooves all night long, whatever the tempo, and compels the players to produce earthy, passionate solos.

    Paul Williamson (tenor or baritone saxophone, vocals) has played jazz, R&B, blues and rock with artists as diverse as Vince Jones, Dire Straits, The Black Sorrows, Men At Work ,The Jextet, Jane Clifton, Danny Moss, The Hidden Charms and The Moovin’ & Groovin’ Orchestra. He has also worked with US artists like Cornell Dupree, Jimmy McGriff, Lucky Peterson and Big Jay McNeely.
    Paul formed the Hammond Combo in 1991. They have made five CDs for Newmarket : ‘Red Hot Go’, ‘Live At The Esplanade’, ‘Over The Rainbow’ , ‘Get Happy’ and ‘Month Of Mondays.. the blues’

    “They have been working together for a decade now, two or three times a week, and it shows. They seem to think as one, whether blowing up a storm, easing up, or locking into a groove. With its catchy riffs and blues/R&B sensibility, this is irresistibly groovy jazz, that anyone should be able to enjoy.”
    Adrian Jackson, ‘The Bulletin’

    Paul Williamson – sax & vocal
    Tim Neal organ
    Micheal Jordan drums
    Steve Magnusson guitar

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


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    Mingus Thingus

    Wednesday 06th May 2015

    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 – NEW 8.30pm $15


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    Jude Perl

    Thursday 07th May 2015

    NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME IN THE PARISIAN LOFT PERFORMANCE ROOM

    Fresh off her Melbourne International Comedy Festival season at the Butterfly Club, Perl returns to the Paris Cat for another highly engaging and entertaining show, filled with her usual sexy-awkward shenanigans. Performing material off her very soon to be released debut album, as well as songs from her recent comedy festival show, some of her favourite covers and of course brand new never-before-heard tracks, Perl’s feel good funk/pop/soul tunes mixed with her remarkable vocal ability and hilarious stage presence make her an undeniably unique performer.

    “Perl manages to draw the complete attention of her audience from her opening phrase. There is a narrative sureness in her voice to match its timbral warmth. Like Ute Lemper, Perl has the kind of instrument that inspires lyricists not to slack off, to invest more in their songs” – The Australian

     

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


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    Bête Noire – Early 7.30pm Show

    Thursday 07th May 2015

    Bête Noire is Jan Tankard (voice), Graham Morgan (drums), Ash Smith (bass) and Olaf Scott (piano). And very glad to be!

    After a brief absence from performing, Tankard and Morgan return to play with their usual fire and passion. It’s jazz, latin and funk always with bebop as the foundation. Jan has written lyrics to songs and solos by Pat Metheny, Victor Feldman and Freddie Hubbard that enhance the performance of a small group.

    Bête Noire is completed by Ash Smith and Olaf Scott and as a unit they pay attention to the form of their repertoire while giving freedom for improvisation.
    It is a bonus to have Sean Newell as guest percussionist.

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


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    Cannonball

    Friday 08th May 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 – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Friday 08th May 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOWTIME – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    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 – 7pm $25


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    Dan Quigley (Brisbane) Paris Cat Debut

    Friday 08th May 2015

    Dan Quigley’s early childhood was enriched by the presence of jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Turre, Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman and many more. His father Greg Quigley also plays the trumpet and toured these jazz greats to Australia for concerts and workshops in the late 70’s and early 80’s while Dan was still an infant.

    It wasn’t until his early 20’s did the impact of early exposure and connection to jazz legends spark the passion to pursue a career as a jazz musician, educator and advocate.

    Dan’s has been a professional musician for over 2 decades. He has performed with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Judy Bailey, Craig Scott, Steve Brien, James Morrison, Col Loughnan, Grace Knight, David Campbell amongst many more.

    Steeped in the hard swingin’ style of hard-bop, Dan’s trumpet playing expresses his own unique voice whilst simultaneously displaying a rich heritage of the jazz tradition.

    Dan’s recent recording “Brunswick St Station” was recorded at Linear Studios in Sydney with a stellar ensemble including; Graeme Norris, John Harkins, Brendan Clarke, Andrew Dickeson and Paula Girvan.

    www.dqjazz.com

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    Dan Quigley – trumpet
    Steve Sedergreen – Piano
    Frank Disario – Bass
    Michael Jordon – Drums

    Genre – Jazz / Hard Swingin’ Stlye of Hard-Bop
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    Dean’s Martini – Early 7pm Show

    Saturday 09th May 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOWTIME – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    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 & Dean Cooper, David is backed by some of the finest musos in Melbourne.

    Craig Smith on Piano, Tony Mazziotta on Bass, Dean Cooper on Drums.

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $20


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    Picture Box Orchestra – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 09th May 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    The Picture Box Orchestra produce hypnotic, evocative and exquisite music, a virtual cornucopia of sounds from around the world. Combining Indian Classical techniques with jazz, hip-hop, and Western Classical influences, it’s a curious melting pot of musical genres boasting a line-up of violin, cello, tabla, guitar and vocals.

    Since the release of their debut album they have performed around the country at festivals including WOMADelaide, Bellingen Global Carnival, Nannup Music Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and the Adelaide International Arts Festival garnering acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

    The debut album features the poetry of Granaz Moussavi (Iran/Australia) and the vocals of Faheem Mazhar (UK/Pakistan) and Jacqueline Gawler (Australia) as well as a whole host of other fine talent. Individually these artists have extraordinary careers and are heralded for their work. Collectively, they raise the bar and their music becomes another thing entirely.

    “Mesmerising” Rip it Up

    “Simply Amazing. One of the highlights of the festival” Caught in the Mosh, WOMADelaide Review.

    “The coolest violin and cello performance I’ve ever clapped eyes on” The Advertiser.

    “It was hard to know what to expect from The Picture Box Orchestra. It would certainly have been hard to expect how utterly beautiful, how exquisite they were” LipMag, WOMADelaide Review.

    LINEUP
    Violin, Vocals and Laptop: Alies Sluiter
    Cello: Tim Blake
    Tabla: Jay Dabgar
    Vocals: Jacqueline Gawler
    Guitar: TBC

    Genre – Indian Classical techniques with jazz, hip-hop, and Western Classical influences
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    JULIE O’HARA & ULTRAFOX

    Saturday 09th May 2015

    Since its inception in the small bars of Melbourne’s vibrant music scene, ‘Ultrafox’ has emerged to be one of the hardest swinging and hardest working jazz bands in Australia. Formed in 2009 by well known veteran Melbourne musician, Peter Baylor, the band has maintained a constant working, recording and touring schedule. Seeking their inspiration from the famous “ manouche swing “ of The Hot club of France featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelly of pre war Paris , Ultrafox has forged its own unique sound .

    Their music is characterized by the muscular hard driving swing of gypsy style acoustic guitars laced with lyrical yet fiery solos . Hot swinging jazz, tender lyrical ballads, French melodies, gypsy waltzes and plenty of original compositions make up the band’s extensive repertoire. Ultrafox create an atmosphere of elegant swing and exuberant , dynamic dance tempo jazz.

    Recent appearances at major music and jazz festivals include Victorian Regional Arts tour, White Night Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Oz Manouche, Stonington & Eltham jazz Festivals Joining Peter is Jon Hunt on clarinet and saxophone, Jon Delaney on guitar , Kain Borlase on Double bass and Julie O’Hara on vocals.

    Ultrafox make their long awaited return to the Paris Cat on may 9th

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    Genre – Gypsy Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    ‘Letters to You’ – NEW 8.30pm Showtime

    Wednesday 13th May 2015

    ‘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 – NEW 8.30pm $15


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    Thomas Lorenzo Trio : Conversations in Mediterranean Jazz

    Thursday 14th May 2015

    Thomas Lorenzo: Composer, Guitars: His latest CD Spanish Breeze has achieved top 30 in the USA World Music charts . He performs with Grammy award winner Alphonso Johnson , Bruce Sugar ( Ringo Star ), Dave Garfield( Benson) and Walfredo Reyes ( Santana).
    Darryn Farrugia: Melbourne based drummer Darryn Farrugia. Darryn has played behind artists as Tom Jones, The Commodores, Joe Cocker, Michael Feinstein, Ray Davies (the Kinks), Ernie Watts, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and many more.
    Tamara Murphy: versatile bassist and composer, performs regularly with many leading contemporary jazz and pop musicians in Australia: Allan Browne, Andrea Keller, Stephen Magnusson, George Coleman Jr., Grace Knight. Her works, Big Creatures and Little Creatures, received nomination for the The Age Genre Music Awards and Australian Jazz Bell Award.

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


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    The Steve Sedergreen Quartet

    Friday 15th May 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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    REIMAGINING BURT BACHARACH – Early 7pm Show

    Friday 15th May 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOWTIME – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    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

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $20


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    ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 15th May 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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    Mel Searle – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 16th May 2015

    “Mel Searle is the refreshing new voice on the Melbourne jazz scene. Her first album ‘Serenade in Blue’ showcases not only a singer with an individual style but also a vocalist with the ability to deliver her own personal interpretation of, in this case, the great ‘standards’.”

    Barry Skinner “Jazz on Tuesday” 95.7fm

    Mel Searle’s timeless voice, reminiscent of the jazz greats of yesteryear, will captivate you. Although a relative newcomer to Melbourne’s Jazz scene, Mel is definitively making a name for herself as a gifted and distinctive jazz vocalist. Her debut album ‘Serenade In Blue’ was released earlier this year to a sold out audience. 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. This, combined with her superb control and artistry result in a musical sophistication which is compelling because of its simplicity and beauty.

    Mel Searle and her quintet are back to serenade listeners with songs from her brand new album as well as an array of swing, latin & smooth jazz standards.

    Lineup:
    Mel Searle – Vocals

    Andrew Gordon – Guitar

    Barney Loveland – Double Bass

    Phill Reichman – Sax

    Lachlan Wallace – Drums

    http://www.melsearle.com/

    http://www.facebook.com/melsearlesinger

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


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    So it Seems That We Have Met Before…an Evening of Rodgers & Hart

    Saturday 16th May 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – EARLY 7PM SHOW – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    The legendary song writing partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart has gone down in history as one of the most influential composition duos to be a part of the early jazz scene. Together, they composed over 500 songs including classics such as “Blue Moon”, ‘The Lady Is a Tramp” and “My Funny Valentine”.

    Clancye Milne is a Melbourne-based vocalist and songwriter with over a decade of performance experience. She has worked with jazz luminaries such as Vince Jones, Chris McNulty, Gian Slater, Gerald Clayton and Amanda McBroom to name a few. Together with composer and orchestrator James Mustafa, they will present an intimate evening of music highlighting the very best of Rodgers and Hart. Accompanied by an exceptional ensemble of artists including Lachlan Davidson, Aaron Searle, Niran Dasika, Ben Gillespie, Frank Di Sario and James Milic – this performance will highlight beautiful lyrics, sophisticated orchestrations and truly captivating music.

    Vocals: Clancye Milne
    Woodwind: Lachlan Davidson
    Woodwind: Aaron Searle
    Trumpet: Niran Dasika
    Trombone: Ben Gillespie
    Piano: James Mustafa
    Double Bass: Frank Di Sario
    Drums: James Milic

    Clancye Milne: www.clancyemilne.com

    James Mustafa: www.jamesmustafajazzorchestra.com

    Genre – The very best of Rodgers & Hart
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $25


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    John Montesante Quintet features Sarah Maclaine

    Saturday 16th May 2015

    The stylish, horn-led John Montesante Quintet features vibrant songstress Sarah Maclaine in the Basement at Paris Cat Jazz Club, presenting an evening of New York-style bebop and favourite jazz standards.

    The combination of the stellar JMQ ensemble, with Sarah’s versatility and wide and engaging repertoire, ensures you one of those truly special jazz evenings that should not be missed.

    Onstage with Sarah this evening are:
    Michael Harding (piano),
    Ben Robertson (double bass),
    Tony Hicks (saxophone),
    John Montesante (trumpet and flugel)
    Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums)

    Book early to avoid disappointment!

    Genre – New York style Bebop & Favourite Jazz Standards
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Hue Blanes Quartet

    Wednesday 20th May 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Hue Blanes has concreted his position in Australian jazz both as a composer and vocalist with his distinct approach to playing the piano. Moving audiences with his unique interpretations of standards and striking lyricism in his original songs, Hue seems to be able to keep one foot in the past one in the future simultaneously. With a staggeringly beautiful limitless voice, Hue Blanes will be joined by bassist Ben Hanlon, trombonist James Macaulay and drummer Danny Farrugia for an evening of his favourite jazz songs and a few of his originals.

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – NEW 8.30pm $15


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    Cathy Menezes – Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Improviser

    Thursday 21st May 2015

    2012 Outstanding Creative Performance Award winner Cathy Menezes – Born in Colombo, was raised in a family of Asia’s most famous musicians. She started playing piano at the age of 4. Her first public performance in Sri Lanka was at the age of 12, as a vocalist with her late father (Tom Menezes), setting her challenges to the world of jazz, and contemporary music. She has toured extensively since, performing in Switzerland and Germany. She moved to Hong Kong and continued her career as an Artist. Her musicianship has found her taking part in artistic activities from Jazz to pop including performances at the Sheraton Ayers Rock Hotel, back-up vocals for Kutcha Edwards at the Recital Centre in Melbourne, represented the VCA singing with the great master of jazz – Christian McBride during his recent visit to Melbourne. A Trio toured with her recently to Sri Lanka, performing at Qbaa (nightclub). Music performed consisted of covers (R&B, Latin, standards ranging from Incognito, Jill Scott to Ella Fitzgerald and Al Jarreau),and original compositions. Cathy recently recorded her own compositions in LA early this year, with Russell Ferrante (Piano), Mike Shapiro (Drums and percussion), Hussain Jiffry (Bass), Scott Mayo (Flute), Kleber Jorge and Alan Hinds (guitar) which will be launched in October 2015.

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

    Genre – Jazz / Standards / Latin / R&B
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – NEW 8.30pm $15


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special Guest Hetty Kate

    Friday 22nd May 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
    Hetty Kate: 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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    TRIPLE TREAT – Michelle Nicolle, Chantal Mitvalsky and Bridgette Allen

    Friday 22nd May 2015

    SPECIAL EARLY 7PM SHOWTIME

    Three of Melbourne’s finest jazz vocalists Michelle Nicolle, Chantal Mitvalsky and Bridgette Allen will perform a selection of carefully chosen standards accompanied by legendary jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen, Ivan Rosa-bass and Jon Chidgey -drums.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these three amazing vocalists perform in our Triple Treat show.

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $25


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    REVERSE SWING

    Friday 22nd May 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 – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $20


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    DRESSED UP AND MESSY with GEOFF ALLAN – Early 7pm Show

    Saturday 23rd May 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOWTIME – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    “Get the f@*# Outta here! You’re from Australia?! Do that again!” – Takoma Station Jazz Club Patron, Washington D.C.

    Together they swing, rock, and whisper in your ear. A relaxed night that will delight and move you, hear Geoff Allan with Bob Sedergreen.

    On Geoff’s song writing:

    “…this I really like…it’s high quality music in every department!” – Adam Sief, Director of Jazz, Sony Music.

    Allan is known as one of the best male vocalists around.

    “Great arrangements and vocals” – Award winning Canadian songwriter Jesse Weeks.

    Legendary pianist Sedergreen rumbles a rhythm and groove fuelled by an extensive international career with talents such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nat Adderley.

    You’ll laugh and cry as they move from Sinatra to Sammy, New York to New Town, Louis to Lennon, in two sets of great listening vocal music starting 7PM sharp. Get your tickets early…

     

    Genre – Straight Ahead Swing
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $20


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    Vintage Roots – Pop Music with a Jazz Edge

    Saturday 23rd May 2015

    Vintage Roots re-interpret classic pop songs by artists such as Cold Chisel, John Farnham, Maroon 5, Justice Crew, Justin Bieber, Madonna, The Cure and lots more. Exploring a plethora of genres from the jazz idiom this is pop music like you’ve never heard before. With catchy arrangements and an all star line up Vintage Roots will redefine what you know as pop music.
    Line up:

    Jennifer Kerr – vocals
    Paul Van Ross – saxophone / flute / clarinet
    Darrin Archer – piano
    Hiroki Hoshino – double bass
    Aaron McCoullough – drums.

    Genre – Pop music with a Jazz edge
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Vivian Sessoms (NEW YORK) – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 23rd May 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Vivacious, vibrant, vigorous – all adjectives that describe the voice and performance of Vivian Sessoms. Vivian, born and raised in Harlem, New York, was born with a love of music instilled in her as the daughter of two prominent musicians. Her mother was a former jingle and session singer, her father, a well-known flautist and percussionist who worked with James Brown and several other well-known musicians throughout his career.
    Vivian began classically training her voice at the age of nine, and it wasn’t long before she was so well versed in her craft that she won a scholarship to the highly acclaimed Amas | Eubie Blake Repertory Company headed by the late Rosetta Lenoire. This was where she began training in theatre, dance and music, which eventually led her to a successful run in radio and television voiceovers. In fact, you’ve probably heard her, she was the soothing sound of a soprano in commercials that convinced you to purchase such products as Campbells Soup, Coke, Hershey’s and many more.

    As a performer, Vivian has sung with many of the worlds most recognized artists: Stevie Wonder, Chris Botti, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Diddy, P!nk, Chaka Khan, Ke$ha, Rob Thomas, Patti Labelle, Patti Austin, Sinead O’Connor and numerous others. As a writer, Vivian has worked with just as many artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Towa Tei, Lalah Hathaway, Amel Larrieux, Junior Vazquez and David Morales.

    In 2007, Vivian and partner Chris Parks released their debut CD entitled Sunny One Day, to critical acclaim. Billboard magazine referred to Vivian’s voice as “clear and exquisite”, Uptown magazine called her voice “powerful”, and Urban Network magazine said Sunny One Day is “as addictive as Pinkberry. An impressive debut so polished and effortless sounding, it’s as if it bonds to your DNA and defies you to stop playing it”.

    Genre – Soul
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $35


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    Monash Recital Night – Special 8pm Showtime

    Wednesday 27th May 2015

    The Monash Jazz & Popular Studies program is based on the African American jazz idiom as a language for learning but embraces a wide selection of musical styles which includes jazz, world music, Brazilian, Indian, free, electronic, popular, Latin and blues to name but a few styles. The philosophy of the course is to offer a strong technical and musical foundation that allows the student to develop a personal ‘voice’ which is a result of their broad musical education and an awareness of their social and cultural being. Performance is an important part of the course and students perform at various jazz venues over the course of their degree.

    In the final stages of their studies – Names TBC

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8pm – 10pm $10


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    Monash Recital Night – 8pm Showtime

    Thursday 28th May 2015

    The Monash Jazz & Popular Studies program is based on the African American jazz idiom as a language for learning but embraces a wide selection of musical styles which includes jazz, world music, Brazilian, Indian, free, electronic, popular, Latin and blues to name but a few styles. The philosophy of the course is to offer a strong technical and musical foundation that allows the student to develop a personal ‘voice’ which is a result of their broad musical education and an awareness of their social and cultural being. Performance is an important part of the course and students perform at various jazz venues over the course of their degree.

    In the final stages of their studies – Names TBC

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8pm – 11pm $10


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    The Pacific Belles – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Friday 29th May 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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    Rebecca Mendoza

    Friday 29th May 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

    Line Up TBC…

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


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 30th May 2015

    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.

    Jason Reolon (South Africa) piano
    Leigh Barker Bass
    Danny Fischer drums
    And some special guests

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


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

    Saturday 30th May 2015

    NEW EARLY 7PM SHOW INCLUDES 2 X 40MIN SETS

    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 – EARLY 7pm $25


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    The Randy Anderson

    Thursday 04th June 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
    Organ & Synth – James Bowers
    The Randy Horns:
    Trumpet – Pat Thiele
    Alto/Tenor Sax – Remco Keijzer
    Valve Trombone – Andrew Murray

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


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7pm Show

    Friday 05th June 2015

    NEW EARLY 7PM SHOW INCLUDING 2 X 40MIN SETS…

    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 – 7pm $20


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    Dannielle DeAndrea (formerly Dannielle Gaha) PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Friday 05th June 2015

    Dannielle is simply one of this country’s finest vocalists. From her work with John Farnham and Jackson Browne, through to her TV appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday and as a Nissan Cedric for Roy and HG and more recently her award winning collaborations with legendary jazz pianist and Grammy nominee Larry Goldings.

    For this special show, Dannielle will be previewing songs from her forthcoming album. Recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, the album covers 3 genres- jazz, folk and funk. She will also be revisiting classic songs from her critically acclaimed debut jazz album You Don’t Know Me.

    Dannielle’s rafter shaking voice has graced recordings by Sting, Jackson Browne, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys and she has performed live with Joe Cocker, James Brown and Tom Jones.

    Now based in the USA, this is a rare chance to see Dannielle perform a full solo show in her home country.

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


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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz Band

    Saturday 06th June 2015

    The Sugarfoot Ramblers are a group of young musicians from Melbourne who have studied and played contemporary jazz styles, but also share a love of traditional jazz. After spending time in New Orleans, Travis Woods and Daniel Berry decided to form this band to explore the classic traditional jazz repertoire. The Sugarfoot Ramblers are Travis Woods (trumpet), James Macaulay (trombone), Jon Hunt (clarinet), Matt Hayes (banjo), Jono Brown (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).
    The group has performed around town quite regularly over the past couple years including appearances at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Paris Cat 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.”

    Website:
    www.sugarfootramblers.com

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


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    The New Impromptu Quartet Are Back!

    Thursday 11th June 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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    Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – NEW 7pm Early Show

    Friday 12th June 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOW – 2 X 40MIN SETS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Argentinian Tango
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – EARLY 7pm $25


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    McCABES BONES – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 12th June 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Led by bass trombonist John Buckley, McCabes Bones, (five trombones plus rhythm section and vocals) has it’s own special unique smooth sound. Arrangements are scored by John directly for the group. The players are all seasoned pros, having cut their teeth in theatre, for shows and high profile concerts, from Sammy Davis Jnr, Peggy Lee to Dizzy Gillespie.

    Their repertoire ranges from easy listening swing through to standards and jazz classics.

    This concert will feature on trombones – Geoff McColl (trombone leader), Charles MacInnes, Adrian Sherriff, Michael Sword and John Buckley, The wonderful rhythm section of Leon Heale, bass, Ron Sandilands, drums, and Bob Sedergreen, boss of the piano and the delightfully swinging Daina Jowsey on vocals.

    Make sure you don’t miss this night!!

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


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    Allira Wilson – Early 7pm Show

    Saturday 13th June 2015

    NEW 7PM SHOWTIME – 2 X 40MIN SETS

    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 – Basement
    Show time – 7pm $25


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    “Adam Rudegeair Quintet: The Bowie Project”

    Wednesday 17th June 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 – 8.30pm $15


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    Ian Shaw (UK) – 2 SHOWS ONLY

    Friday 19th June 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

    Twice winner of the prestigious BBC Jazz Awards for best vocalist, Ian Shaw, the London based singer and consummate showman, finally tours Australia. With a string of US and UK recorded albums and collaborations with the likes of Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Claire Martin, Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, he has toured with Abdullah Ibrahim, The Boston Pops and Cedar Walton, as well as solo (he plays piano too) and with his own band. A regular headline draw at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s (he also presents their worldwide radio show) Shaw has regularly toured the US and Canada.

    For these Australian tour dates, Shaw is hooking up with ace local trios to present his eclectic, soulful swinging mix of songs from Porter and Sondheim to new arrangements of Bowie and Joni Mitchell and for these two nights in the beautiful Parisian Loft at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, Ian is joined by the Grant Windsor Trio.

    Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz singer the United Kingdom has to offer” – Jazz Times (US)

    With:
    Grant Windsor – piano
    Ben Robertson – double bass
    Darryn Farrugia – drums

    Website

    http://www.ianshaw.biz

    Twitter

    https://twitter.com/ianshawjazz

    Youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ian+shaw

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $30


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    Ian Shaw (UK) – 2 SHOWS ONLY

    Saturday 20th June 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

    Twice winner of the prestigious BBC Jazz Awards for best vocalist, Ian Shaw, the London based singer and consummate showman, finally tours Australia. With a string of US and UK recorded albums and collaborations with the likes of Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Claire Martin, Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, he has toured with Abdullah Ibrahim, The Boston Pops and Cedar Walton, as well as solo (he plays piano too) and with his own band. A regular headline draw at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s (he also presents their worldwide radio show) Shaw has regularly toured the US and Canada.

    For these Australian tour dates, Shaw is hooking up with ace local trios to present his eclectic, soulful swinging mix of songs from Porter and Sondheim to new arrangements of Bowie and Joni Mitchell and for these two nights in the beautiful Parisian Loft at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, Ian is joined by the Grant Windsor Trio.

    “Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz singer the United Kingdom has to offer” – Jazz Times (US)

    With:
    Grant Windsor – piano
    Ben Robertson – double bass
    Darryn Farrugia – drums

    Website

    http://www.ianshaw.biz

    Twitter

    https://twitter.com/ianshawjazz

    Youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ian+shaw

    Genre – Jazz
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $30


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 25th June 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 – 8.30pm $20


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    The SongBirds + Dannielle DeAndrea, Gaby Moreno, Erica Canales

    Friday 26th June 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Brought together by their love of singing, vintage fashion and music of a time gone by, The SongBirds are three internationally renowned vocalists- powerhouse soul diva Erica Canales (currently touring with Brandon Flowers), Latin Grammy winner and member of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band Gaby Moreno, and phenomenal Australian singer Dannielle DeAndrea (whose duet partners have included John Farnham and Jackson Browne).

    Hailing from Guatemala, Texas and Australia, the Los Angeles based trio have created their signature sound by fusing three part harmonies from the 1920’s and 1930’s, exotic soul and vintage sounds with modern instrumentation and lyrics.

    ‘These SongBirds are absolutely brilliant!’… Legendary UK engineer Geoff Emerick (Kate Bush, The Beatles).

    The past two years have seen The SongBirds seduce young Hollywood and music industry legends alike with a star-studded record launch at the Sunset Marquis hosted by Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Elle Magazine USA as well as sold out shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, South America and Australia. They have performed live on ABC Radio in Australia and various US radio shows including Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion (broadcast to over 4 million listeners).

    While known to fly under the radar, The SongBirds have found themselves tweeted, instagrammed and Facebooked by the likes of Jane Lynch (Glee), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), The Milk Carton Kids, Harry Shearer (The Simpsons), Jonas Bros’ music director John Lloyd Taylor, Drew Taubenfeld (music director for Selena Gomez and Meghan Trainor) and singer Judith Hill (Twenty Feet From Stardom).

    www.facebook.com/TheSongBirdsMusic

    www.youtube.com/3songbirdsmusic

    www.twitter.com/TheSongBirds3

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


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