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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. An ON LINE BOOKING will guarantee you seating and entry to any advertised event. Alternatively tickets are available at the door but be early to ensure entry on main nights. PLEASE NOTE we no longer take phone or email bookings. Just click BUY TICKETS and enjoy the show.

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    “Try a little Jen de Ness” Jazz Kabaret (Perth)

    Thursday 24th July 2014

    Paris Cat Debut

    Perth Jazz singer and composer Jen De Ness is back from her London Tour to entertain for the first time at Paris Cat Jazz Club with her world-class show, “Try a little Jen de Ness!”
    Jen de Ness debuts at the Paris Cat with an elegantly entertaining show of classic and contemporary jazz and original Kabaret. The show features the smooth and sultry voice of Jen de Ness supported by sweet jazz grooves and slick playing from her quartet for this show.

    “Jen impressed us all at The Crazy Coqs in London – her musicality, her humour – she gets it, and she knows how to entertain an audience. She has a delicious voice, and a sexy boa to match! We can’t wait for her return!
    Harold Sanditen, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, LONDON

    “Join the fabulous Jen de Ness performing some super cool nu-jazz and eva so sexy French Kabaret……. catch them if you can =a totally class act.” Leigh Jarrett, Pan Intetnational 2011 Events Manager

    “A stand-out hit and big crowd-pleaser for the Subiaco Summer Concert Series” Scoop Magazine, City of Subiaco.

    About Jen
    Singer Jen de Ness has been singing and songwriting for over 20 years, and has worked with some of the worlds finest jazz musicians to compose an array of original jazz songs and new versions of existing favourites for your listening pleasure.

    Jen has played to audiences worldwide, including her very successful recemt tour to London in April playing at various venues including the Vortex Jazz Club, Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry Pizza Express Live Jazz Club. Jen regularly performs in Perth at venues such as The Ellington Jazz Club, Subiaco Theatre, Kulcha Club, Perth Concert Hall, Laneway Lounge, Fly by night Club, Government House Ballroom and PICA.

    For more information and to hear songs and videos go to:
    http://www.jendeness.com
    http://www.reverbnation.com/deness

    ONLY 24 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Julie O’Hara & Ultrafox (Album Launch)

    Friday 25th July 2014

    ALBUM LAUNCH – ” Le Bruit des Cabarets”

    Making a welcome return to the Paris Cat  “Ultrafox”  will be launching their much anticipated  new CD, ” Le Bruit des Cabarets” { the noise of bars}  on Friday  July 25th . Featuring the gypsy style hot swing generated by the guitars of Peter Baylor and Jon Delaney the album showcases the collective talents of one of Australia’s hardest working
    jazz bands. With Julie O’Hara on vocals, Michael Mcquaid on Clarinet and Kain Borlase on Double bass.

    TICKETS SELLING FAST…

    Genre – Swing / Gypsy / Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    ‘Queens of Jazz’ Bridgette Allen & Bob Sedergreen [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Friday 25th July 2014

    Queens of Jazz is a celebration of some of the greatest female jazz singers of the 20th century. Melbourne’s renowned Bob Sedergreen & Bridgette Allen, take the stage paying tribute to women who chose singing above life itself, because singing was their life.

    ONLY 25 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Hetty Kate & Nick Mulder Band

    Saturday 26th July 2014

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

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

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

    SOLD OUT STANDING ROOM TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR…

    Genre – Straight-ahead / Swing / Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Sexteto Zona Sul [Early 7.30pm show]

    Saturday 26th July 2014

    Sexteto Zona Sul are back….Doug’s Birthday Gig!!!!

    Drawing on the rich repertoire of Brazilian Choro Sexteto Zona Sul is a Melbourne combo put together by Doug de Vries, a leading exponent of this mostly instrumental music, featuring classic compositions by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha and new original works in this ever expanding genre that combines polka and samba with virtuosity and ingenuity.

    Doug de Vries – mandolin, tenor guitar
    Asha Henfry – flute, alto flute
    Adam May – cavaquinho
    Ken Murray – guitar
    Corey King – 7-string guitar
    Al Kerr – Pandeiro

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENED…

    Genre – Choro

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Harry Coulson’s “Rain Dogs” – CD Launch

    Wednesday 30th July 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    You know dogs in the rain lose their way back home. They even look up at you and ask if you can help them get back home. ‘Cause after it rains every place they peed on has been washed out. It’s like Mission Impossible. They go to sleep thinking the world is one way and they wake up and somebody moved the furniture.
    - Tom Waits

    Tracing their beginnings to the new years period of 2012/13 and sounding like what Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, C.W. Stoneking, Mark Ribot and the Dirty Three may have had they ever shared a house together. The Rain Dogs were formed with the intent of busking when any of the members were slightly skint come rent day, and the performance of original compositions that range from waltzes, blues and contemporary repertoire. The improvisation within the ensemble traces its roots to the jazz idiom, while at the same time drawing on a spirit that is as much jazz trio as it is punk trio. Their debut self titled album was recorded in January 2014 and was produced by renowned composer Jonathan Dreyfus.

    The trio is Harry Coulson on guitar, James Thompson on drums and Louis Gill on bass. Each individual bringing experience from studying at musical institutions such as the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, The Sydney Conservatorium, The Australian National University and New York University. As well as performing both nationally and internationally with bands from the Melbourne and Sydney scene such as the High Society, the Brad Martin Project, The OMG’s, The Davidson Brothers, Juke Baritone and the Swamp Dogs and The Blackburn Big Band.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Punk

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Gianni Marinucci’s Nonet feat. Hetty Kate

    Thursday 31st July 2014

    Gianni Marinucci Nonet
    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Lachlan Davidson: Alto Saxophone
    Paul Williamson: Baritone Saxophone
    Jordon Murray: Trombone
    Russell Davis: Horn
    Darrin Archer:Piano
    Ben Robertson:Bass
    Barnaby Gold: Drums

    Hetty Kate:Vocals

    In 1947, trumpeter Miles Davis, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and composer Gil Evans went into the studio to record the classic Nonet album “The Birth Of The Cool”. The unusual instrumentation (French horn and tuba included), and original arrangements produced a unique, lush sound not really heard before.

    In 2006, Melbourne trumpeter Gianni Marinucci formed his nonet for a performance of this wonderful music at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. After the success of that concert, the Gianni Marinucci Nonet has gone on to delight audiences with its performances of this classic repertoire from the life of Miles Davis.

    Exclusive to the Paris Cat, and fresh from a sold out performance at the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Nonet features the best players in Melbourne playing the classic arrangements from the Birth Of The Cool, plus new material composed by members of the group, all inspired by the original Lush, Swinging sound of Miles’ original group.

    You will not hear another sound like this!

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The Steve Sedergreen Quartet Are Back!!

    Friday 01st August 2014

    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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Melissa Oliveira feat. JAM ( Portugal ) – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 01st August 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Australian-Portuguese singer Melissa Oliveira recorded her debut album, In my garden, in Boston with special guests Greg Osby and Jason Palmer and it’s just like an intoxicating colourful garden where 10 tracks show 10 different varieties of flowers, branching out to samba, blues, world music, original tunes and twisted standards. In addition to presenting songs from her album and bringing them alive by use of live visuals, she will also perform songs inspired by fado, making use of the Portuguese guitar with a groundbreaking and fresh approach. This project also features JAM, who adds an impressive audio-visual layer to this unconventional line-up by using turntables in an interactive way so that even audio-visual solos are possible thus resulting in no two shows being alike by maintaining the spirit of jazz. To make this project even more eclectic, some of the visuals presented are inspired by works by famous Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan.

    Known for their refreshing approach to jazz and their vivid performances, Melissa Oliveira feat. jam, currently based in the heart of Europe in the Netherlands, are a live act whose quirkiness places them in a league of their own.

    Melissa Oliveira | voice

    Rui Silva | Portuguese and el. guitar

    Maksim Perepelica | Bass

    João Martins | Drums

    JAM | turntables & visuals

    www.melissaoliveira.com

    Genre – Jazz / World Music

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci Returns feat. Rebecca Barnard

    Saturday 02nd August 2014

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

    Rebecca Barnard: Vocals

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Allira Wilson (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Saturday 02nd August 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Allira Wilson’s ‘Rise and Fall’ won best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Bell Awards.

    Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’.

    Her music combines jazz harmony with a contemporary edge and a soulful dynamic. Endowed with a powerful voice, her innovative twists and youthful approach revitalize not only the music, but creates a distinctive and fresh sound.

    Allira Wilson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was the winner of the Melville Toyota Scholorship for 2010. Allira was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2012.

    She has performed regularly with her own projects as well as Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Mace Francis Orchestra, Alice Humphries Ecila and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). She represented WAAPA and toured China in 2010 as well as performing at 2010’s Wangarrata Jazz Festival in Victoria.

    Allira has been featured on composer Alice Humphries’ Album ECILA and Rick Websters, the Rick Webster Project. Allira released her first album ‘Rise and Fall’ in December 2013, recording with Sam Anning, Ben Vanderwal, Tal Cohen, Christopher Sealey and Jamie Oehlers. ‘Rise and Fall’ was launched in February 2014 at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.

    Allira is a member of Gian Slater’s vocal ensemble, Invenio, who recently toured the East Coast of Australia, launching their album Clarion/Whisper. Allira Wilson’s ‘Rise and Fall’ won best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Bell Awards. Allira has just returned from performing at the Perth International Jazz Festival and is working on new music and planning a tour at the end of the year.

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

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Soul

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Keijzer/Mulder Quartet (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 06th August 2014

    The Keijzer/Mulder Quartet was formed out of a desire to ‘just play’ music rooted in the great American songbook. Remco Keijzer and Nick Mulder began rehearsing and playing together shortly after both moving to Melbourne in 2009. They quickly discovered a shared affinity for hard swinging tunes, and formed a quartet as a vehicle for freedom and spontaneity, rooted in tradition. This incarnation of the quartet features Kim Keelart on Hammond Organ and Craig Simon on drums.

    Remco Keijzer – Tenor Saxophone
    Nick Mulder – Trombone
    Kim Keelart – Hammond Organ
    Craig Simon – Drums
    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Hard Swingin Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Shol Quintet (Paris Cat Debut)

    Thursday 07th August 2014

    INTRODUCING…

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

    Genre – World Music / Hard Bop / Free Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Cannonball Are Back!

    Friday 08th August 2014

    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.

    Cannonball’s debut live CD is soon to be released.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Rachel Delgado (SYD) Feat. Alexander Nettelbeck, Rene Tessmer & Keith Pereira (EARLY 7.30PM SHOW)

    Friday 08th August 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Rachel Delgado is a singer and songwriter of Jazz, NuJazz and Latin/Soul music.

    Rachel began her singing career in Australia, performing with pianist John Foreman (Music Director for ‘The Schools Spectacular’) and for jazz engagements in Sydney.

    Subsequently, Rachel moved to Chile where she was a recording artist for EMI Records (Chile). EMI Chile released two of her albums, one of which was also released in Spain. Rachel’s song ‘Quiero’ went to the top of the Charts in both Chile and Spain.

    Rachel was praised as “Best Female Singer” by the Chilean Associated Press, and was declared “Best New Artist” by the Chilean Chamber of Commerce in Miami, USA. Rachel has shared the stage with Mariah Carey, Shakira and with Peabo Bryson in a tribute to Latin America’s best-known composer and lyricist Armando Manzanero on America’s most popular Latin American television show ‘Sabado Gigante’.

    Returning to Australia, Rachel is now based in Sydney and is involved in various live and recording projects. A regular member of Sydney band, Nothin but Jam, Rachel is also collaborating with leading musicians on the Australian Jazz scene.

    Rachel will present songs from her South American albums, encompassing her latin heritage, in English and Spanish, from bossanovas to sultry Spanish boleros.

    ‘Pack Your Memories’ and ‘ I Don’t Want To Know’ from her self-titled album ‘Rachel’ are luscious examples of her love of Blues and Parisian inspired Tango. She will also perform original Latin Jazz compositions including her chart topping ‘Quiero’ (I Want To) ‘A Veces (Sometimes)’, and ‘Sweet Butterfly’. Echoes of Billie Holiday are present in Rachel’s storytelling, and her soulful vocals will play on your heartstrings, documenting tales of Life in Love along her musical journey.

    For this exclusive Paris Cat performance, Rachel Delgado teams up with musical partners, pianist Alexander Nettelbeck, bassist Rene Tessmer and drummer Keith Pereira.

    Genre – Jazz / NuJazz / Latin / Soul

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Alma Mater Are Back!! – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 09th August 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Their passion for passionate music brought the members of Alma Mater together. Not long after Yuliya Mik (voice), Julian Scheffer (7-string guitar) and Tiago Brissos (6-string guitar) crossed paths, they quickly seized on the opportunity to bring one of the most proud, dramatic and staunchly guarded musical traditions to Melbourne’s already bustling streets.

    Each member is a distinguished performer in their own right: Julian recently released his most recent album, a guitar duet entitled ‘ao meu lado’, Yuliya leads the eclectic ‘projeto inesperado’, while Tiago’s most recent release is ‘in between places’, a solo guitar recording.

    Alma Mater reawaken the voices of worlds gone by, bringing to life the traditions of Portuguese fado and Brazilian modinha. The music is fiery, gripping, tense, yet surprisingly delicate. With its rare combination of instruments, diverse influences and musical cultures, the group manages to create a faithful yet effervescent sound.

    Following the group’s recent launch with a series of shows at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne’s CBD, Alma Mater have taken to Melbourne’s cosiest hideaways and top music venues.
    Travel back in time with Alma Mater, into a world where delicate beauty and unrefined passion walk hand-in-hand down the snaking corridors of an antique city.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Portuguese Fado / Brazilian Modihna

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Kimba Griffith Septet

    Saturday 09th August 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    “Kimba’s fine tone and phrasing take us down new pathways, creating intimate settings that captivate” – Leon Gettler, The Age Newspaper (Melbourne)
    “Concentrating on drawing out the story behind each song…there is passion in Kimba’s voice” Vulture Magazine
    Kimba is known for her warm, true tone and ability to find new stories and sounds from the jazz canon. Equally comfortable in the intimate guitar/vocal setting of Kimba and Ryan or her west-coast bop influenced Kimba Griffith Septet, Kimba’s sound has been likened to vocalists like Chris Connor and Anita O’Day.

    Kimba has been performing at all the major jazz venues around Melbourne for the past 15 years; recent highlights include a sold out album launch for Kimba and Ryan at Bennetts Lane, and regular performances at The Paris Cat and Open Studio.
    Together, Kimba and Ryan have travelled continents performing jazz and honing their unique and reverent jazz sound, being invited to be the house band at the Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival in 2006 and performing at embassies and press clubs from Paris to Phnom Penh. Kimba also spent 3 years living in Osaka, carving out a faithful following at the live houses and jazz street festivals. She’s returning her first Japan Tour in July 2014 with dates at the famed Royal Horse Jazz Club in Umeda.
    As well as the upcoming tour, her septet are halfway through work on their debut album and have dates throughout the year. There’s also another Kimba and Ryan album in the works.
    “Kimba’s…music is a conversation; her light voice..draws you in for a close and confidential chat” The Age Newspaper

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

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    “Adam Rudegeair Quintet: The Bowie Project”

    Wednesday 13th August 2014

    “Five months after its auspicious premiere at the Paris Cat, Adam Rudegeair Quintet’s Bowie Project returns, newly expanded into 2 sets! Adam’s arrangements of tunes by the pop music icon are daring, exhilarating, and run the gamut from devastating ballads, fiery latin rhythms and hard swing! 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’

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Pearly Black Is Back!

    Thursday 14th August 2014

    “Pearly Black! What a gorgeous voice!” – Margaret Throsby ABC FM

    “Sublime!” – Courier Mail

    Pearly Black is happy to be back in the sumptuous surrounds of The Paris Cat, where she has enjoyed several full houses of gorgeous music lovers. As she always does, this lush diva will be curating an intriguing set of tunes drawn from all the wonderful musical landscapes she has explored over her 20 year career – classic early 20th century women’s blues, the best standards of the American Songbook, passionate Latin and Tango, cabaret treatments of modern philosopher songwriters like Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nick Drake as well as some home grown song-craft talent – songs that come from all over but will always tell a story, move a heart, stir a deep thought to resonate with mind and soul.

    Black’s rich, warm and versatile voice, thoughtful reading of lyric text and sensual exploration of the communion of melody and harmony serve the repertoire beautifully. On Nov 28 she is accompanied by a spectacular trio: Anthony Schulz on piano and accordion, Anita Hustas on double bass and Errkki Veltheim on violin, viola and mandolin. The outstanding quality of the musicianship is an attraction all of it’s own, and the glue that holds this concert together is a vision of beauty – plain and simple.

    About Pearly: http://www.blackcherry.com.au

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz Pop

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Rebecca & the Romantics ( Early 7.30pm Show )

    Friday 15th August 2014

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

    Rebecca Barnard is singing jazz with a selection of songs.
    assembled for recent performances with arranger/saxophonist Ken Schroder and his band of merry men.
    These songs are drawn from far and wide, some from the Billie Holiday songbook, some from a recent recording session she made with her uncle Bob Barnard,
    and a number of originals especially written for her by Ken.
    In this quintet version of Rebecca & the Romantics, the versatile rhythm section adroitly handles swing, as well as latin rhythms from Brazil and Cuba.

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Kelsey James & The Kamikaze Bees

    Friday 15th August 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Craig Smith Quintet

    Saturday 16th August 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    “The Craig Smith Quintet is made up of a versatile group of musicians who (for some) have been playing together for twenty years. The combination of long time friendships in the band and their love of the many facets of the jazz genre brings to the performances a compassion and empathy for both musical expression and entertainment. The repertoire involves swing and latin tunes with a bebop influence on the instrumentals. The individual players in the Craig Smith Quintet are also seasoned improvisers who have performed in and around the Melbourne Jazz scene for many years.”

    Line up:
    Craig Smith – Piano/Trumpet/Trombone
    Phil Reichman – Saxophone/Piano
    Andy Gordon – Guitar
    David Atkins – Drums
    Barney Loveland – Acoustic Bass

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    ‘The John Montesante Quintet’ [aka JMQ] Special Guest… ‘Rebecca Mendoza’

    Saturday 16th August 2014

    SPECIAL EARLY 7PM SHOWTIME

    The John Montesante Quintet is a stylish, horn-led combo formed in 1990 by Jazz Trumpet, Arranger, Composer, John Montesante.

    Influenced by bebop, the band offers a modern take on standards as well as John Montesante’s special jazz arrangements. The JMQ has gained respect in the discerning jazz scene due to its quality musicianship, versatility, entertainment value and ability to perform with any outstanding vocal and musical artists from in or out of town.This evening’s guest vocalist is a regular with the band, Rebecca Mendoza.

    Influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Diane Schuur to name a few, Rebecca is a fine and seasoned performer: “Rebecca Mendoza has everything one may wish for in a jazz singer. She looks well and moves well and has an expressive face. Her sturdy technique supports an inquisitive musical mind and a voice of more than three octaves, which allows her to deliver original interpretation at ease. The timbre of her voice is warm and smooth with spacious low notes and a resonant top. One can tell that gospel and Billy Holliday had been an influence in the formation of her technique, the sound is however unique and thrillingly jazzy….” Daniela Kaleva (Australian Stage)

    The JMQ line up:
    John Montesante (Trumpet + Flugelhorn)
    Tony Hicks (Tenor Sax)
    Dean Cooper (Drums)
    Michael Harding (Piano)
    Ben Robertson (Double Bass)

    Book early to start your Saturday in style.

    And here is link to EPK:
    http://www.sonicbids.com/band/johnmontesantequintet/

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Modern Jazz Combo

    Show time – 7pm $20


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    RUSSELL HOLMES TRIO (Perth) & The Outfit (Double Bill)

    Wednesday 20th August 2014

    RUSSELL HOLMES TRIO 2014 (Perth)
    Triple WAMI award winning Jazz Pianist, Russell Holmes has performed with many great jazz ensembles including MPS, Frames of Minds, The Ragabillys, Hip Mo Toast and artists such as Dale Barlow, Red Rodney and many others. Career highlights would include being invited to perform at the Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Italy ( July2006 ) and supporting James Taylor at the infamous Leeuwin concert . Whilst being recorded on over 50 CD’s, in 2006 he released “One Evening”, a CD recorded with his regular trio at the time with Matt Willis and Danny Susnjar. This was launched in October 2006 . Russell’s most recent recording is a nationally released CD by the ABC Jazz label entitled Fire and Rain ‘THE JAMES TAYLOR PROJECT’( released 21st February 2009) which features the regular trio line-up performing eleven beautiful tracks of James Taylor songs.

    The piano playing by Russell Holmes is spectacular. There is a certain inevitability about music when you hear it played right – you just can’t believe it could be played any other way. That is how I feel when I listen to Russell Holmes. (cd review Australian Music Forum Magazine by Craig Dabelstein)

    The Russell Holmes Trio explore the art and essence of the piano trio with their own well defined flavour and personality. The group possesses a deep groove and stands alone with its own treatment and inimitable expression. Russell’s sensitive style is supported by Karl Florrison (Double Bass) and Mike Perkins (Drums), creating an interactive, unique and inspiring ensemble whose overall essence is one pure and authentic voice. With an increasing number of original compositions being included in both recordings and live sets, The Russell Holmes Trio promise a satisfying jazz experience.

    This trio is cohesive, well practiced and brimful of energy. The music delivered by this current RHTrio was compelling, often powered by tension and with a deeply embedded swing
    (2012 Bennett’s Lane gig review Roger Mitchell ausjazz.net)

    The Outfit
    The Outift are a Melbourne based group who play tunes about coffee, knitting, tumbleweeds and a young man who looks like jesus. Featuring compositions by bassist Sarah Holmes, and the talents of Daniel Brates (drums), Diego Villalta (guitar), Rob Simone (saxophone) and Louise Goh (vocals), The Outfit play music that ranges from from swinging tunes to layered soundscapes. It’s music that will make you happy.

    Genre – Swing / Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Tom Vincent Trio (TAS)

    Thursday 21st August 2014

    Tom Vincent has been on the scene since 1987 his unique improvisational style is powered by strong jazz rhythmic drive inspired by the masters Louis Monk Clifford Ellington Miles Coltrane performances showcase his passion for spontaneous real-time creations Tom is modern yet rooted in the tradition of blues and swing.

    Tom Vincent – piano
    Marty Holoubek – double bass
    Danny Fischer – drums

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Swing

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The Randy Anderson

    Friday 22nd August 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Friday 22nd August 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…NOT TO BE MISSED!

    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

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Billie, Ella and Louis Show (SYD)

    Saturday 23rd August 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    In a Melbourne exclusive, rising French star Tricia Evy and Australian Icon Singer/Trombonist Dan Barnett are back joining forces to pay tribute to three of the greatest song smiths to ever swing a phrase, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Be prepared to have your heart broken and re-mended by some of the great torch anthems and some blissful duets inspired by the three great Ella and Louis albums. A night not not be missed, after 2 sell out shows here last year…when the “Lady in Satin” meets Ella and Louis with a French twist.

    www.danbarnett.com.au
    www.myspace.com/danbarnettbigband

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ‘Paulo Aragao’ (Brazil) Feat. Doug De Vries, Ken Murray & Corey King (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Saturday 23rd August 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…PARIS CAT DEBUT!

    Guinga: “To me, Paulo Aragão is the best arranger for guitar in Brazil” – in interview Cliquemusic (2001).

    Sérgio Assad: “As arranger for guitar, I am in awe with the work of Paulo Aragão” – in Violão Pró magazine (2007).

    Paulo is the founding member of Maogani Guitar Quartet since 1995 and a winner of many music awards in Brazil. He has worked as arranger and composer for many leading Brazilian artists including Yamandu Costa, Mauricio Carrilho, Sergio Mendes and Guinga, including the following works:

    “Concerto Nazareth” for 7-string guitar and orchestra – premiered March 2013 by Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB), in Rio de Janeiro, with Yamandu Costa as soloist

    “Fantasia para violão de 7 cordas e orquestra” (with Yamandu Costa) – premiered October 2008 by Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB), in São Paulo, with Yamandu Costa as
    soloist, performed in France (Orchestre National de France) and Canada (Calgary Philarmonic Orchestra). This work is scheduled to be performed at the Adelaide
    International Guitar Festival in July 2014.

    Paulo will appear at Paris Cat playing his customary 8-string guitar and be joined by his long time friend and musical compatriate Doug de Vries on guitar and requinto, Ken Murray on guitar and young 7-string guitar firebrand Corey King.

    A special one-off night of choro, samba, baiao and Bossa Nova featuring Paulo’s unique touch as arranger and composer for contemporary Brazilian guitar.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Choro/Samba/Baiao/Bossa Nova

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    The Oscar Neyland Quartet (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 27th August 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    The Oscar Neyland Quartet is an engaging, dynamic and creative jazz group from Melbourne. Originally from Tasmania, bassist Oscar Neyland moved to Melbourne to pursue his Honours in Music at Monash university, which he completed First Class in 2013. Formed out of a collective desire to approach music making in the most open and creative way possible – while still nodding toward the great swing tradition – the quartet features the talents of Joshua Kelly on Saxophone, pianist Joel Trigg and drummer Zeke Ruckman. The group counts influences as varied as Bill Evans, The Necks, Coltrane, J Dilla, Debussy, Ellington, Bach and Colin Stetson.

    On this occasion, The Oscar Neyland Quartet will play a mixture of original compositions and arrangements (some pre planned, some spontaneous) of some of their favourite songs and jazz standards. Throughout the whole concert the group sustains the same reverence for melody, tradition, space, interaction and emotion. The Quartet aims to be exciting, thought provoking, really swinging, and a lot of fun.

    Oscar Neyland – Double Bass
    Joshua Kelly – Saxophone
    Joel Trigg – Keys
    Zeke Ruckman – Drumkit

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Los Cougarmen Are Back!!!

    Thursday 28th August 2014

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

    This Features:

    Marcelo La Greca – Vocals
    Adam Friedman – Trumpet
    Jessica Carlton – Trumpet
    Ash Richter – Trombone
    Chris Street – Alto Saxophone/Flute
    Stephen Byth – Tenor Saxophone/Flute
    Nick McCusker – Baritone Saxophone
    Daniel Mougerman – Piano
    Jonathan Skourletos – Guitar
    Daniel Beinke – Bass Guitar
    Louis Sharpe – Congas
    Cameron Sexton – Drum Kit

    Genre – Jazz / Afro Cuban

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Paul Van Ross – ClaveMania Returns

    Friday 29th August 2014

    Not to be missed…

    Back by popular demand after a sellout show and recently returned from a musical intensive in Cuba, outstanding young saxophonist/composer Paul Van Ross has led many of the most exciting ensembles on the Melbourne jazz scene. This newly formed group will feature all original compositions that combine the deep-rooted traditions of Latin America, a contemporary approach to jazz and an exploration of odd time signatures and compositional nuances.

    Come visit a broad palette of genres including Cuban Timba, Mambo, Argentinian Tango, Afro-Peruvian Festejo, all cross-pollinated with traditional and experimental ingredients of Latin Jazz and the recontextualization of elements from music of other latitudes.

    An All star line-up featuring:
    Paul Van Ross – saxophones / flute
    Jonathan Cohen – piano
    Elizabeth Obando – bass
    Rodolfo “Panga” Hechavarria – percussion
    Damien Ellis – drum set

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Cuban Timba, Mambo, Argentinian Tango, Afro-Peruvian Festejo, Latin Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Monique diMattina

    Friday 29th August 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

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

    “Blossom Dearie meets Rickie Lee Jones” – Stacks magazine

    “Jazz smarts sculpt elegant pop” – ABC Limelight

    “Sophisticated and playful” – Dave Graney

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Michaela Jayde (PARIS CAT DEBUT)

    Saturday 30th August 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    Michaela Jayde is a Melbourne born and bred soul singer, raised by musician parents who had her singing in front of audiences from the moment she could sing her first note.

    Ever since making her debut as a solo artist in 2012, Michaela Jayde has gripped audiences with her powerful voice, delivering original songs that are difficult to forget. Influenced by her love of jazz and soul, new and old, she has developed her own unique sound. Michaela is currently recording her highly anticipated debut EP, due for release at the end of this year.

    This night will be Michaela’s one and only headliner show for 2014, so it is not to be missed!

    Line up on the night: Michaela Jayde (vox); David Tweedie (guitar); Luke Saunders (piano/keys); Josh Manusama (bass); Nelson Piccin (drums)
     

    Genre – Jazz / Soul

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Tamara Kuldin Sextet: ‘Let’s Misbehave’

    Saturday 30th August 2014

    TAMARA’S BACK…..NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    Paris Cat favourite,Tamara Kuldin presents a delectable selection of cheeky, slinky and gorgeous vintage …and not so vintage gems penned by the gentlemen of jazz from Cole Porter, Gershwin, Weill, Hoagy Carmichael to Cohen. Paying homage to her favourite ‘gents’ with her trademark cheek and charm, the evening captures the era of romance, elegance and sophistication and features Melbourne’s finest ensemble of musicians including Darrin Archer (piano), Anton Delecca (tenor sax/clarinet), Craig Fermanis (guitar), Frank Di Sario (Double Bass) & Sam Bates (drums).

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    The JC Little Big Band (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 03rd September 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

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

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

    Not to mention our collection of vocal tunes featuring such classics as All of me, Fly me to the moon and Straighten up and fly right.
    Join us for a trip down a Big Band memory lane…

    Genre – Jazz / Vintage Big Band
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Jack Pantazis Group Are Back!

    Thursday 04th September 2014

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

    Genre – Instrumental Jazz Fusion

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Friday 05th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK ELLY HOYT…NOT TO BE MISSED!

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Friday 05th September 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Panorama do Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazon basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador. Panorama do Brasil is lead by Alastair Kerr, a long-time student of Brazilian music, and recognised as one of Australia’s best exponents of Brazilian percussion.

    For this very special concert, singer Diana Clark and guitarist Doug de Vries join the group for a journey through one of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s masterpieces – Stone Flower – as well as other Jobim classics.

    With Asha Henfry (flute), Al Parsons (trombone), Matt Boden (piano), Jorge Albuquerque (bass).

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz
    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 06th September 2014

    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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Tángalo – Modern Tango Quintet (SYD) – SPECIAL 7PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 06th September 2014

    SPECIAL 7PM SHOWTIME

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Owen Salomé – Flute and Guitar
    Susie Bishop – Violin and Vocals
    Emily-Rose Šarkova – Accordion and Vocals
    Amy Putt – Piano
    Johan Delin – Double Bass

    Sassy, talented, and oh so hot right now’ – Made in Argentina Festival, 2013

    Tángalo are a Sydney-based tango quintet who perform a mix of original compositions and existing tangos.

    Formed in 2011 by Emily-Rose Šarkova and Owen Salomé, Tángalo grew from a desire to create a greater awareness of tango culture in Australia, and the fierce desire to see more tango-dancing to live tango-music.

    Successful performances at festivals including the 2013 Made in Argentina, Buenos Aires in the Southern Highlands, and the 2014 National Folk Festivals, where Tángalo were the winners of the ‘Infinte Elvis Song Competition’, have seen Tángalo become a favourite among dancers and audiences. 2013 saw the group tour with Argentine tango singer Fabían Rodríguez and collaborate with Belentango and Tango Butterfly.

    In 2014, Tángalo are recipients of an Australia Council for the Arts JUMP mentorship, which will see them travel to Argentina and work in close collaboration with bandoneon player Hugo Satorre (Orquesta Victoria, Otros Aires)

    Tángalo use Violin, Guitar, Double Bass, Flute, Accordion, Piano and Voices to create a sound that is is beguiling and vividly personal. The dazzling instrumental lines and impassioned vocals reference both the poetic background of tango music, and something considerably more modern.

    www.tangalo.com.au

    Genre – Tango
    Show time – Special 7pm $25


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    Natalie Carolan Trio (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 10th September 2014

    Rarely we encounter female artists whose voice and lyrics exhibit the quality of being understated, vulnerable and yet powerful. Natalie Carolan creates a strong sense of maturity and femininity through her voice, in which she is able to subtly reflect the various emotive states of her songs. Without having to over adorn her vocals, power and meaning are conveyed through her lyrics, which reflect a certain sense of poignancy and pensiveness. Natalie carefully crafts her music and voice to convey a simple beauty.

    Tonight, Natalie will be joined by Lewis Moody (piano) and Chris Sealey (guitar) to play a mixture of standards and her own material.

    Genre – Jazz / Pop
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Mietta

    Thursday 11th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK MIETTA….

    Is MIETTA Australian music’s best kept secret?
    After sold-out shows at The Famous Spiegel tent, The Vanguard (Sydney)
    and The Thornbury Theatre, this young songstress is set to take flight in 2013.
    Her intriguing blend of styles- Flamenco, Jazz, Brazilian, Soul, Funk and Blues really set her apart. Delivered by MIETTA’S exquisite vocals, her beautiful, original music will take you on an uncharted journey across the globe.
    (Already heard by listeners to ABC Radio’s evening program.)

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

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

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz / Latin
    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Tottie and the Wanderers – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 12th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Phoebe Lindner is teaming up with her Melbourne musical vagabonds to present to you Tottie & the Wanderers. If you like jiving’ to jazz, boppin’ to pop or some cheeky cabaret tunes, this string-based quartet will bring a sweet new flavour to your jazz palate, garnished with Lindner’s quirk and sass. Originally the Phoebe Lindner Group, the new name is a tribute to Lindner’s great-great grandmother, Isabella Davidson – also known as Tottie – an opera singer during the Australian Gold Rush. 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.

    Phoebe Lindner – violin & vocals
    Daniel Wormell – guitar
    Scott Mealy – double bass
    Nathan Power – drums

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Indie Jazz
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 13th September 2014

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

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ALTURAS performs ASTOR (SYD)

    Saturday 13th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    (The music of Piazzolla and his contemporaries)

    Combining the sensuousness of tango with cool jazz solos, Alturas pays tribute to the music of Astor Piazzolla and contemporary tango composers including Pablo Ziegler and Fernando Egozcue.
    Based in the Blue Mountains just outside Sydney, Alturas released their acclaimed debut CD Café con Tango in 2013.

    Alturas push boundaries with their innovative reworking of traditional and modern jazz-infused music from the heartland of tango.

    “An absolute pleasure to play Alturas. Congratulations on a beautiful sounding album.”
    Robbie Buck, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National

    “I get a lot of CDs and my ears perked up when I heard yours.”
    Lucky Oceans, The Daily Planet, Radio National.

    “The musicianship and the recording displayed on this debut album are both excellent.”
    Artsound FM, Canberra.

    See more at: www.alturastango.com

    Gaye Thomas – Flute/Alto Flute/Bandoneon
    Greg Gibson – Saxophones/Clarinets
    Inge Courtney-Haentjes – Violin/Viola
    Jane Andino – Piano
    Stan Valacos – Double Bass

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Tango / Jazz
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Mingus Thingus

    Wednesday 17th September 2014

    WELCOME BACK MINGUS THINGUS…

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

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

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    AUDREY POWNE QUINTET

    Thursday 18th September 2014

    WELCOME BACK AUDREY!

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

    In this outing she will be joined by 2013 National Jazz Awards finalist and right hand man, James Bowers on the Piano, Saxophonist Richard Butler, Bassist Louis Gil and Drummer Jacob Evans

    Genre – Jazz / Swing Standards

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    The Furbelows

    Friday 19th September 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Combining close harmony vocals with a hot club swing rhythm section, The Furbelows unite two of the most popular jazz styles of the 1930′s.

    The band features Kelsey James vocals, Lisa Salvo vocals, Georgie Darvidis vocals, Jon Delaney guitar, Sam O’Halloran guitar and Arlene Fletcher double bass.

    Inspired by groups such as The Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters and the The Boswell Sisters, these ladies delightfully croon the songs of yesteryear while the gentlemen let loose with their guitars in a fiery gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt.

    The ultimate 1930′s party band.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    REIMAGINING BURT BACHARACH – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 19th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

    Nicola Watson’s debut album Clear is the Coast was released through Newmarket Music to critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. Watson’s timeless approach to lyric and melody is complimented by a commanding vocal ability as a singer and improviser. A 2010 finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Watson has since toured Canada, North America and Japan. She joins talented Melbourne composer and pianist Nathan Liow in this much anticipated performance of the music of Bacharach.

    “When a voice as graceful and poised as this meets a group of
    songs of this quality, it’s something to be celebrated.”
    ~ Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

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

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 20th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

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

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

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

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

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

    Website:
    www.sugarfootramblers.com

     

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Nathan Slater Quartet

    Wednesday 24th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Tango / Brazilian

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 25th September 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    Movement 9 presents an intoxicating mix of jazz, funk and Latin music, featuring the compositions of Joe McEvilly performed by Melbourne’s next generation of improvising musicians. After launching their debut album WINGS in 2013, they are bringing their fine-tuned combination of muscular brass and intimate arrangements back to the Paris Cat, in a gig that will feature brand-new tunes alongside classics.

    “A striking collection” ★★★★ — John McBeath, The Weekend Australian

    Joe McEvilly – alto sax
    Paul Cornelius – tenor sax
    Nick McCusker – baritone sax
    Tom Sly – trumpet
    Niran Dasika – trumpet
    Nick Pietsch – trombone
    Joel Trigg – keys
    Jordan Tarento – double/electric bass
    James Milic – drums

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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  • Sukaro

    ‘Sukaro Gypsy Jazz Band’ Are Back!

    Friday 26th September 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…
    Sukaro has been intoxicating Melbourne audiences on the street and in various functions, cafes and bars with their high-spirited, high-energy gypsy swing. The band consists of Joseph Tallosi on violin, Roman Syrek on piano accordion, Alex Yarosh on guitar and Andy Ross on double bass, allowing a mixture of gypsy swing, jazz standards, French waltzes and chansons and the occasional tango. All of the members of Sukaro have a long history in the music scene in Melbourne and internationally and the band members represent a cross-section of cultures and musical influences.
    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Emma Sidney & The GO – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 26th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Emma Sidney – vocals
    Toff – guitar / vocals
    Kain Borlaise – bass
    Adam Coad – drums

    This is Emma’s debut at Paris Cat. She has recorded 3 albums, two on the MOVE Records label, the last one through her own label BootCampStar. Emma sings a mixture of world, jazz fusion, latin, popular and pure jazz (originally instrumental) standards. Here are a few reviews of Emma as performer and composer:

    “A jazz singer through and through, she soars when touching other idioms… Sidney is inventive, and takes us on a journey to new and previously unexplored territory. And the originals here – the title track [Cherish], We Goin’ Be A’Right, You… are full of joy, the sorts of pieces that make you want to get up and dance. Her other original America is a moving slow ballad of longing, with touching and personal lyrics about her experience of the US. We respond as she opens up to us in a way that few artists do.” Leon Gettler

    “Emma’s own delicious “Catching The Wave” ought to be the theme music for a surf doco, it’s that good.” Steve Robertson 3PBS, Portland Observer

    Peer reviews include:

    “From the start, I was really impressed by the voice of this singer. Her pitch is right on point and her range is awesome. I love that she remakes Maroon 5 into a soulful and jazz like song.”

    “A beautiful beat that is comprised of many layers. One listen is not going to be enough to understand the genius of this artist.”

    “I lose myself in this music, Great artist with a wonderful voice… I love everything done with this song.”

    “I think the artist’s voice is so becoming… sounds so calm and relaxing. I like how she added the rapper in the song he brings the song alive. This is very unique.”

    Genre – Jazz / World / Fusion / Latin / Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Raleigh Williams Returns!

    Saturday 27th September 2014

    Raleigh Williams is thrilled to be back with her new ensemble at the Paris Cat.

    Raleigh’s beautiful voice, coupled with her powerful range and varied repertoire, have helped her to build a reputation as a versatile singer; covering genres from Jazz through to soul, funk and pop.

    Raleigh will be presenting a mix of original groove based material and classic standards, translated stunningly by this dynamic band, featuring:
    Daniel Zisin (piano), David Gooey (guitar), Owen Downie (bass guitar) and Gareth Bowen on Drums.

    Don’t miss this great night of music!

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL…

    Genre – Jazz Soul / Funk Pop

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Jon Delaney “Distance” Album Launch – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 27th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK JON DELANEY…NOT TO BE MISSED…

    One of Australia’s foremost gypsy jazz guitarists, Jon Delaney launches the first album under his own name. A familiar face on the Paris Cat bandstand from his role in The Furbelows, Ultrafox, and La Mauvaise Réputation, Jon has a reputation for driving, fiery performances in the style of Django Reinhardt and the French and German gypsies who have followed him.

    This concert will feature music from the new album, “Distance”, with Salvatore Greco (accordion), Sam O’Halloran (rhythm guitar), and Enzo Ruberto (double bass) joining Jon for a night of swinging gypsy virtuosity and fun. The band will play the original music from the album, and include some eastern European flavour with some beautiful and frantic Hungarian traditional tunes thrown into the mix.

    Genre – Gypsy Jazz with an Eastern European Flavour

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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