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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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    Tom Vincent Trio

    Wednesday 16th April 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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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors (Special 9.30pm Showtime! )

    Thursday 17th April 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.

    ONLY 25 SEATED TICKETS REMAINING…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – Special 9.30pm showtime $25


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini

    Saturday 19th April 2014

    Before she heads off to Europe, touring through Paris and recording her new CD, please join us and sit back and indulge in a fabulous Saturday night as sassy songstress Tamara Kuldin continues to captivate and delight our Paris cat audiences paying tribute to those wonderful swingin’ melodies and coquettish blues from the vintage era of song… with her trademark cheek and charm. Serenading the likes of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Doris Day to Ethel Waters…Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini is a musical delight featuring the ever charming & talented Gianni Marinucci- Trumpet, Lachlan Davidson -Sax/Clarinet, Michael Harding -Piano, Kim May – Double Bass & Michael Jordan -Drums….plus as always a few naughty tales.

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    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Alma Mater – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 19th April 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.

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    Genre – Portugese Fado / Brazilian Modihna

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Mingus Thingus

    Wednesday 23rd April 2014

    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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    Gianni Marinucci Nonet

    Thursday 24th April 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

    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!

    Genre – Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Cannonball Are Back!

    Friday 25th April 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.

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Tottie and the Wanderers – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 25th April 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    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

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    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Indie-Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Anea Duratovic Quintet – (Perth) Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 26th April 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    A 2011 graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA), Anea Duratovic is fast becoming one of Perth’s finest jazz vocalists. Since graduating, Anea has performed throughout Australia including at Sydney’s Darling Harbour Jazz Festival as well as this year’s Inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival and Nossa Jazz Festival. Anea has worked with many distinguished artists including James Morrison, Kristen Berardi, Michelle Nicole and Ed Partyka.

    Anea is a regular artist at the Ellington Jazz Club and has performed at many other well-known venues around Perth city including the Perth Jazz Society and the Fremantle Jazz Club. As a member of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), she has performed at the Heath Ledger Theatre and at the 2013 Fringe Festival.

    Through her Croatian and Malaysia-Indian heritage, Anea has absorbed an array of different genres and styles of music throughout her childhood, contributing to a unique sound and layback feel. Her soulful and intricate interpretation of the lyric has her audience always on the edge of their seat.

    Tonight, Anea is joined by her Perth band consisting of Patrick van der Moezel on saxophone, Ashley de Neef on double bass, Harry Mitchell on piano and Pete Evans on drums. She will be performing an array of tunes including some hard swingers, soul driven ballads and Brazilian tunes.

    With influences including Ella Fitzgerald, Gretchen Parlato, Kurt Elling and Esperanza Spalding, audiences will be tapping their toes along to the swinging tunes of the Anea Duratovic Quintet.

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci Are Back with Special Guest Hetty Kate!

    Saturday 26th April 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 Hetty Kate 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

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Briana Cowlishaw Quintet [Syd]

    Thursday 01st May 2014

    A voice with a warm and silky timbre, lyrics that ooze honesty and contemplation and melodies that weave beautiful threads, Briana Cowlishaw is a Sydney raised vocalist and composer who has accomplished a large amount in her tender 24 years of age. Inspiration ranging from Nancy Wilson, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Ellis Regina, Fiona Apple, Ahmad Jamal and James Taylor, Briana’s approach to singing and composition is quite an intriguing one. Her unique creativity and ability as a performer, improviser and composer continues to cultivate new opportunities for the young vocalist and is paving a very exciting path for her career both in Australia and on an international front.

    Aside from international touring, Briana has completed two national tours of Australia in 2011 and 2012, performing at well known venues The Paris Cat, Bennett’s Lane (Melbourne), The Ellington (Perth), The Underground (NIMA, Newcastle), Venue 505, The Seymour Centre (SIMA), Camelot Lounge (Sydney) and COMA (Adelaide). She has played alongside some of Australia’s best musicians (Tom O’Halloran, Peter Jeavons, Ben Vanderwal, Matt McMahon, Jonathan Zwartz), supported established Australian artists such as Katie Noonan and sung on stage with internationally renowned New York jazz musicians Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson.

    With a hunger to create new art, travel to unseen places and achieve her very ambitious goals, the sky seems to be the limit for where Briana’s creativity will take her next. With two self released albums now being distributed in Australia and Japan, Briana’s musical endeavors have vastly expanded on an International and National front over the past few years. Who knows what 2014 and beyond will bring for Briana and her blossoming music career.

    Briana Cowlishaw (Vocals)
    Gavin Ahearn (Piano/Keys)
    Hugh Stuckey (Guitar)
    Leo Kavanagh (Drums)
    Mick Meagher (Bass)

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The Steve Sedergreen Quartet Are Back!!

    Friday 02nd May 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.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    L.A.A. – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 02nd May 2014

    We welcome back L.A.A. who are a Melbourne-based contemporary jazz trio, comprised of musicians Louise Goh on piano, Adam Spiegl on double bass and Adam Coad on drums. The trio formed in late 2009 and in mid-2013 released their debut album ‘Crossing Ahead’, a project that was enabled by funding from Arts Victoria. The trio’s repertoire includes compositions from each of the trio members, and their music is characterised by a lyrical and contemporary sound, along with infectious grooves.

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    The Furbelows

    Saturday 03rd May 2014

    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, Ida Duelund-Hansen vocals & double bass, Jon Delaney guitar, and Sam O’Halloran guitar.

    Inspired by groups such as The Mills Brothers, The Andrews Sisters and the The Boswell Sisters, these ladies delightfully croon the songs of yesteryear while the gentlemen let loose with their guitars in a fiery gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt.
    The ultimate 1930′s party band.

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    ‘The John Montesante Quintet’ [aka JMQ] Special Guest… ‘Yvette Johansson’

    Saturday 03rd May 2014

    The JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET [aka JMQ] is a stylish horn-led modern Jazz combo, formed in 1990 with a penchant for New York bebop and a modern take on standards and special arrangements. Its influences range from Clifford Brown to Miles Davis, from Tom Harrell to Chet Baker; from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane, from Dizzy Gillespie to Lee Morgan and many singers of the era -Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole et al.
    The JMQ performs in it’s own right and and alongside Australia’s finest singers. This evening’s special guest is YVETTE JOHANSSON, who needs no introduction to local audiences as versatile and singular jazz stylist, who has toured internationally and is in regular demand for her exceptional vocals. A dynamic and satisfying jazz experience is assured with this line up:
    John Montesante – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
    Tony Hicks – Saxophone
    Nic Johnston – Piano
    Phil Rex- Double Bass
    Rod Gilbert – Drums (guest)

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    http://www.sonicbids.com/band/johnmontesantequintet/

    Genre – Modern Jazz Combo

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Sonya Veronica & Alistair McLean – “Bill & I” project

    Wednesday 07th May 2014

    Sonya Veronica is back at Paris Cat with her beloved “Bill & I” project.

    Bill Evans is one of Sonya’s most influential musical idols. Bill Evans is a prolific jazz figure, a brilliant pianist, whose compositions and interpretations embrace subtle nuances and lyrical qualities.

    In turn, Sonya delivers her songs faithfully to what the melody and the lyrics wish to convey. She tells the stories. Her distinct voice and her lyrical intimate style go hand in hand with those of her idol.

    Alistair McLean will join Sonya on guitar. Alistair and Sonya have been performing as a duo since 2012 and they have developed a harmonious sound and musical connection.
    The vocal, guitar duo, supported by double bass, will be exploring and interpreting Bill Evans compositions and repertoire.

    This will be an intimate ambient night not to be missed.

    Sonya has collaborated with noted musicians, such as Mark Fitzgibbon, Bob Sedergreen, Dominique Fillon (from Paris, France), and most recently with Montreal pianist Guillaume Martineau at CIBL 101.5 FM, Montreal in his improvisation program La Schubertiade des temps modernes.

    Samples from the “Bill & I” project and few other snippets can be found through here: www.reverbnation.com/sonyaveronica and https://soundcloud.com/sonya-veronica

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    The New Impromptu Quartet featuring Simone Gill.

    Thursday 08th May 2014

    Following recent European tours, Melbourne-based pianist Alexander Nettelbeck joins musical forces with double bassist Conrad Henderson , drummer Keith Pereira and vocalist Simone Gill ( Triple J Unearthed).  Exploring a world of styles and influences, the ensemble highlight their original compositions and some lesser-known standards with a fresh and open musical approach. The New Impromptu Quartet edition 2014 welcomes exciting newcomer to the Melbourne jazz scene, from Cuba, on trumpet , Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa.

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Michelle Nicolle Quartet Are Back!!

    Friday 09th May 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Two of the country’s finest “song players” take their chordless quartet to the people. Michelle Nicolle is a multi-award winning jazz vocalist with an incredible ability to lyrically improvise and creatively sculpt exquisite music. She has released six CDs, performed internationally and even shared a stage with Kurt Elling. Michelle is passionate about staying true to her artistic self, developing her incredible ‘ear’, exploring her expansive range and incredible tone, and giving voice to the dedication and hard work that has awarded her an enviable place in the Australian jazz scene.

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

    Featuring Paul Williamson – saxophone, Tom Lee – bass & Ronnie Ferella – drums

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 09th May 2014

    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

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Saturday 10th May 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”.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Geoff (GD) Allan Collaborates with Bob Sedergreen – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 10th May 2014

    “Join jazz singer Geoff Allan and pianist Bob Sedergreen as they lay it down at the Paris Cat for one more night.

    This time it’s with jazz drummer Brian Abrahams and Jon Chidgey, playing bass guitar.

    Abrahams worked with Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson in the 1970s, he formed District Six in the 1980’s, and in 1986 joined the band Ekaya with Abdullah Ibrahim.

    Chidgey has played with the Winkley Trio, and is a long time collaborator with Sedergreen, Australia’s most distinguished jazz and blues pianist.

    Allan’s vocals have been called incomparable, his performance insinuating and original songs beautiful. American audiences proclaimed him a rare and outstanding vocal talent, Australians are wondering where he’s been.

    Join them all on this night at the Paris Cat, don’t miss out, book tickets now.”

    Genre – Soul / Swing / Modern Jazz Funk

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The ishs/Allen Project ( Paris Cat Debut )

    Wednesday 14th May 2014

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

    For more information about TiAP, visit:
    Website: http://tiap.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theishsallenproject

    ade ishs — acoustic piano
    Chelsea Allen — drums
    Paul Bonnington — acoustic bass
    Ee Shan Pang — trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Latin Jazz / Folk Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Nathan Slater Quartet (Paris Cat Debut )

    Thursday 15th May 2014

    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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    Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quartet – BIRTHDAY SHOW!

    Friday 16th May 2014

    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. Nichaud’s Trio will feature Michael Harding – piano, Philip Rex – bass and 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

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – 7.30pm Early Show

    Friday 16th May 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    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

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 17th May 2014

    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.

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    Genre – Jazz

    Show time -9.30pm $25


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    Anna Gilkison – 7.30pm Early Show

    Saturday 17th May 2014

    The Paris Cat welcomes back Anna Gilkison, one of Melbourne’s favourite chanteuses.
    Anna is an established jazz singer whose haunting tones and evocative interpretation of jazz repertoire touches the hearts of fans and novices alike, and leaves audiences wanting more.
    Joined by Olaf Scott on piano, Bassist Adam Spiegl and Aaron McCoullough on drums, Anna will sing an exciting mix of jazz standards and original tunes featured on her latest album, “I Should Care”.

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Remco Keijzer Quartet Are Back!

    Wednesday 21st May 2014

    The Remco Keijzer Quartet is a contemporary group well worth investigating. All compositions are new and never performed before. The music refuses to be insulated and, instead, spreads out with lyrical fire when required, but proves equally capable of gentler climes, and even a hint of swing.
    The Dutchman’s tenor sax sound is both compelling and enjoyable, as he achieves his goal with this band: ‘To be exploratory, unpretentious and create music within the music.’
    The quartet features the creme de la creme of the Australian jazz scene. Keijzer has been trying to book Sam Keevers for over two years now. Sam is one of the most in demand piano players on the scene. His incredible chops, amazing intuition and great sense of harmony gives the quartet its original sound. Bass player Ben Robertson has the best sound and agility. He locks up tight with drummer Danny Fischer who has great time and is always on the money making him extremely interactive.
    ”Remco Keijzer really shines, with unique, well-crafted compositions and soulful playing”.
    - Chris Potter

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    TRIODEGRADABLE – Italian Songbook (Paris Cat Debut )

    Thursday 22nd May 2014

    Mirko Guerrini: sax, live electronics

    Frank DiSario: double bass, acoustic bass, effects

    Carlo Alberto Canevali: drums, live electronics

    Mirko Guerrini and Carlo Alberto Canevali, after a period of intensive fieldwork in Italy, present their new project “Italian Song Book”. It is a Jazz journey through the beauty of different Italian regions’ folk songs. Italy has 21 different regions, and, as for the food, the traditional music changes a lot from region to region, mirroring the roots of the popular culture.

    In “Italian Song Book” you will travel from Sicily and Calabria to Liguria, Piemonte, and Friuli, then South again to Campania, in a lot of different villages and towns, listening the music of laborers, peasants, shepherds, fishermen, and artisans of rural Italy.

    “Love begins with fine singing,” says a line from a song from Abruzzo, a mountainous region of independent people in south-central Italy. Choral songs, songs for work and courtship, lullabies, a nonsense incantation, funeral laments, narrative ballads, and dance music vividly evoke a vanishing rural life when everyday activity was accompanied by song.

    For this new project Guerrini and Canevali (both recently relocated in Melbourne) have called the Australian bassist (with Italian roots) Frank DiSario. The music played by Triodegradable is fresh and passionate, and beside the acoustic sounds the listeners will also hear some echoes of the rural Italian tradition, with some loops and sample used by the three musicians as a source of inspiration for their improvisations.

    Genre – Italian Folk / Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Paul Van Ross Latin Jazz Project

    Friday 23rd May 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

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

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Heather Stewart ”Sings Billie Holiday”

    Saturday 24th May 2014

    Heather Stewart is a rare breed of musician. She returns by popular demand to perform at the Paris Cat shows this weekend. Heather has a huge voice and is an immensely talented violinist. Her Billie Holiday tribute show has established Heather as a club favorite. Heather and her wonderful band return for another memorable evening.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – 30’s/40’s Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Saturday 24th May 2014

    Elder statesman meets young maverick as pianists Bob Sedergreen and Adam Rudegeair join forces to create a cross-generational jazz party that celebrates the intensity and spirit of New Orleans!
    Adam and Bob are returning to the Paris Cat for a smashing third instalment of Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street, putting their unique spins on a dynamic selection of standards, blues, and originals! If you like your jazz spontaneous, joyful, and swinging, don’t miss this! Also featuring Adam Spiegl on bass and Thom Mitchell on drums.

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    THAT GELLER FELLER

    Wednesday 28th May 2014

    A SPECIAL TRIBUTE…

    Ken Schroder (sax) plays a memorial gig for his mentor Herb Geller (1928-2013)
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    David Allardice- piano
    Leigh Barker- bass
    Hugh Harvey- drums

    American born Herb was very busy in studio and jazz work on the West Coast in the early 1950s, but spent the latter half of his career in Europe being part of the radio band in Hamburg.
    Ken studied with him in 1983 and will remember him by playing some of the music Herb loved, particularly great standards as well as some originals.

    A swinging night in honour of a great saxophonist.

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Movement 9 ( Paris Cat Debut )

    Thursday 29th May 2014

    INTRODUCING….
    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 to the Paris Cat for the first time, 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 $15


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

    Friday 30th May 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    With her sweetly sophisticated singing Annemarie bravely leads a collection of Melbourne’s premier Jazz and Roots misfits:
    Bob Sedergreen – keyboards and shiraz
    Dale Lindrea – tenor guitar and beats
    Christophe “He’s French” Geneoux- reeds and mouth percussion
    Taking a well worn Bossa Nova book lavished with 60’s ballads and a happy handful of cabaret pizzazz this delightful quartet is far from a typical Melbourne Jazz experience…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Sexteto Zona Sul [Early 7.30pm show]

    Saturday 31st May 2014

    Sexteto Zona Sul are back….

    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

    NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Genre – Choro

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    Julie Ohara’s – Swing Time in Paris

    Saturday 31st May 2014

    Veteran jazz vocalist and composer, Julie O’Hara, presents an enchanting repertoire of original works and jazz manouche classics to transport you to the streets of Paris in the 30′s & 40′s, where music was romantic, sophisticated and swinging hot, ala Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France.

    Lyrics celebrate life, music and love and pay homage to some of the great composers of gypsy swing with original lyrics to their instrumental compositions in the tradition of vocalese.
    The band features members of Melbourne’s premier gypsy swing ensemble, Ultrafox, including George Betrumlis on accordian, Kain Borlase on bass, Jon Delany on guitar and special guest, Michael Mcquaide on clarinet and a tenor sax extraordinaire.

    Be warned, this music is highly romantic and swings hard, you might be at risk of thoroughly enjoying yourselves!!

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Swingin Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $30


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    Gianni Marinucci’s Nonet

    Wednesday 04th June 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

    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 $25


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    ‘Sukaro Gypsy Jazz Band’ Are Back!

    Thursday 05th June 2014

    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 – 9pm $25


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

    Friday 06th June 2014

    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).

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    The Furbelows

    Friday 06th June 2014

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    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, Ida Duelund-Hansen vocals & double bass, Jon Delaney guitar, and Sam O’Halloran guitar.

    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.

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $30


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    Irwell Street featuring Hetty Kate and Sam Lemann ( Early 7.30pm Show )

    Saturday 07th June 2014

    “This is easy going jazz, as bright and sparkling as a summer’s day” Richard Fields, 3CR Melbourne

    The Irwell Street String Band are a sweet and perennially entertaining foursome reviving jazz classics and little heard curios from the heyday of America. Classic yet innovative, this band’s signature sound is full of effervescence and humour, tipping it’s cap to celebrated jazz duos of the past such as Julie London / Barney Kessell, Mary Ford / Les Paul and Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour.

    Led by jazz vocalist Hetty Kate alongside the master guitar and ukulele of Sam Lemann, the band draws on warm textures from Western Swing, Hawaiian and Country/Folk music and expertly weaves them throughout an enjoyable exploration of the Great American Songbook. Expect stories, swing and finely-crafted songs from composing luminaries such as Joe Venuti, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Django Reinhardt and Harry James.

    Hetty Hate Vocals, Sam Lemann Guitar/ Ukulele, Leigh Barker – Bass, Andy Baylor – Guitar

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – 30’s/40’s Swing

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 07th June 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

    Show time – 9.30pm $30


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    Birchall and Woolhouse Are Back!

    Wednesday 11th June 2014

    “…tunes that are spacious, brooding, unpretentious in their delivery, and unfailingly lovely….. With his supple touch, classically-tinged harmonics, and his beautiful way with a melody, comparisons to Bill Evans wouldn’t be out of line.”
    Dan McClenaghan – All About Jazz

    Performing works from the recently released and much celebrated album “The Scenery of Life Unfolding”. bassist Shannon Birchall pairs with pianist Jeremy Woolhouse to present an original contemporary jazz duo. Telling tales of intrigue and evoking images of haunting beauty., it is a cinematic journey, articulating emotions stirred by departures, distance and transience.

    The duo celebrates the drama and melancholy of contemporary jazz. Equanimity meets passion in an idiosyncratic take on the piano and bass duo lineup, with a respectful nod to the duet recordings of Charlie Haden. The duo feature compositions stemming from the traditions of jazz and branching out to embrace gospel, contemporary jazz, pop, classical and South American music.

    In the duet setting, the virtuosity of Shannon Birchall comes to the fore as the bass weaves a rich tapestry with the piano. Soaring bowed melodies and contrapuntal interplay contrast steady groove and dramatic unison. Jeremy and Shannon first collaborated in 2002 in the Estuary Three jazz-tango project on Jeremy’s album Thumbnails. The duo reunited in 2012 to record The Scenery of Life Unfolding and continue the journey into lightness and darkness, illusion and delusion.

    “Unquestionably, music about emotions and a very intimate collusion between the elegantly lyrical compositions of the pianist/composer and the rich interplay of the virtuoso bass player …. it may render you reflective: contemplative of the worlds of weightlessness, obscurity, fantasy, chimera and apprehension.”
    Ken Cheetham – JazzViews

    More at jazzpiano.com.au

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz

    Show time -9pm $15


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    John Morrison & Jacki Cooper Quartet Are Back!!

    Thursday 12th June 2014

    The Cat in the Hat is back at the Paris Cat for more mayhem and madness. John Morrison joins songstress, Jacki Cooper, Melbourne jazz master, Bob Sedergreen, and bass larrikin, James Clark. Come for a night of swingin’ fun!. Book a table and make a night of it!!!

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The Jack Earle Sextet ( Early 7.30pm Show )

    Friday 13th June 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    The Jack Earle Sextet is a smaller incarnation of the 18 piece Jack Earle Big Band that regularly plays in jazz venues around Melbourne. Specialising in Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Swing and Bebop they cover a broad range of styles to ensure a wonderfully entertaining and varied evening of music. The ensemble is led by 18 year old Jack Earle, fresh out of high school, who has a keen interest in all things musical, and all of the music heard in the evening is either composed or arranged by him. Premiers of new compositions and arrangements are regular, so make sure you don’t miss a gig!

    We feature the fabulous Rose Muller on vocals, singing well known favourites, as well as different interpretations of old and new tunes, which adds to the interest and laid back fun of the evening.

    Hope to see you there!!!!

    Genre – Jazz/Funk/Fusion/Swing/Bebop

    Show time -7.30pm $20


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    The Randy Anderson (Paris Cat Debut )

    Friday 13th June 2014

    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 – Callum G’Froerer
    Alto/Tenor Sax – Remco Keijzer
    Valve Trombone – Andrew Murray

     

    Genre – Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Raleigh Williams is Back!

    Saturday 14th June 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!

    Genre – Jazz Soul / Funk Pop

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    “Olivia Chindamo featuring James Macaulay” (Paris Cat debut )

    Saturday 14th June 2014

    Australian vocalist Olivia Chindamo is a Melbourne based musician who is best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. Often compared to a horn player, at 22 she has already earned the respect of many of her peers. Olivia has studied overseas in both New York and Italy where she met and received high commendations from jazz greats such as John Taylor (UK), Diana Torto (ITA), La Tanya Hall (US), Hilary Kole (US) and Sheila Jordan (US). Her understanding of harmony is second nature and makes each of her performances uniquely rich and spontaneous.

    Olivia will be joining the stage with James Macaulay (trombone), who has been wowing the Australian Jazz scene with his virtuosity for many years and an extremely talented and seasoned rhythm section comprised of Hue Blanes (piano), Marty Holoubek (bass) and Sam Bates (drums). Tonight they perform a setlist of swinging standards, ranging from firey bebop to heart breaking ballads with everything in between. A night not to be missed!

    Genre – Swingin Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Unit 6 (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 18th June 2014

    The Paris Cat welcomes Unit 6 who are a Melbourne based sextet lead by Paul Cornelius (tenor) and Olivia Chindamo (voice). Together they’ve created a swinging band full of fresh faces and young talent. Unit 6 perform a variety of styles, including everything from fiery bebop to heart breaking ballads. By drawing upon the music of many greats such as Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker, Unit 6 is sure to lift your spirit and leave you wanting to hear more!

    Line-up
    Olivia Chindamo – Vocals
    Paul Cornelius – Tenor saxophone
    Niran Dasika – Trumpet
    Kade Brown – Piano
    Hiroki Hoshino – Bass
    James Milic – Drums

    Genre – Bebop to Jazz Ballads

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Les Gitans Blancs (ADL) Paris Cat Debut

    Thursday 19th June 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Adelaide’s Gypsy swing group “Les Gitans Blancs” is an acoustic instrumental quartet that includes: solo guitar, rhythm guitar, violin and double bass.

    The blend of their colourful personalities, ethnicities, different musical proveniences and choice of tunes will transport you to a “happy mode”. Their repertoire includes original numbers, which represent a fusion of sounds and eclecticism of styles in a predominant Gypsy mood, as well as familiar, timeless melodies, all “hand-picked” to stimulate and relax at the same time! Their music is inspired by the Manouche Romany music and Eastern European traditional music.

    Les Gitans Blancs have been performing regularly for the last 3 years at various Adelaide venues and most recently at this years WOMAD. They have also made a few guest appearances on some Adelaide breakfast shows. Their first CD “MACRO” was launched in July 2013 at the Gov.

    Their music is infectious, as it’s obvious that they are having fun playing, performing and surprising with their synergy … sometimes even each other, which makes the whole experience genuine and spontaneous.

    Tomislav Kovacev on the rhythm guitar,
    Robert Zunic on solo guitar,
    Ben Parkin on double bass,
    and Julian Ferarretto on violin are Les Gitans Blancs and they are ready to entertain you.
    Are you ready to be diverted? … Let’s go then! Hajde!

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Yellowbird Jazz Band – Early 7.30pm show

    Friday 20th June 2014

    ARE BACK!!!

    For this night only, the exciting Yellowbird Jazz band debut at Paris Cat performing the music of Billie Holiday and Lester Young. Comprised of Melbourne’s best young players, Yellowbird will explore the repertoire of the famous singer and saxophonist, and perform their timeless classics in a new light. Featuring passionate vocalist Amelia McCulloch and exciting young saxophonist, Joshua Kelly, this will be a great night not to miss for any jazz fan.

    Amelia McCulloch – Vocals
    Joshua Kelly – Saxophone
    Peter Hughes – Piano
    Harry Wardley – Double Bass
    Daniel Berry – Drums

    Genre – Jazz
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    TRIPLE TREAT – Annemarie Sharry, Chantal Mitvalsky and Bridgette Allen

    Friday 20th June 2014

    Three of Melbourne’s finest jazz vocalists Annemarie Sharry, 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

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Dean’s Martini – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 21st June 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

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

    Crooning is nothing new to David who has, at various times, swung, bossa’d and Cha Cha’d through the Vegas Songbook and then… set sail, all through winds of change that were The 60s and 70s.

    Accompanied by Craig Smith, Tony Mazziotta & Greg Ryan, David is backed by some of the finest musos in Melbourne.

    This piece is on debut at Paris Cat, on early & on the money…7:30pm, 21 June 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

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


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    AUDREY POWNE QUINTET (Paris Cat Debut )

    Thursday 26th June 2014

    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 Pacific Belles (7.30pm Early Show)

    Friday 27th June 2014

    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
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    TAKADIMI – (SYD) Are Back! – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 28th June 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Joining forces when they met in Sydney at university, in 2007, emerging into the musical cosmos with their debut performance at the National Folk Festival, Canberra (’09), this world/jazz quintet created an immediate impression.

    With a world of styles at their disposal, Takadimi exerts a genuine obsession for the possibilities within genres and their indefinite boundaries. The group bring you into their worlds through inventive improvisations and evocative soundscapes with influences from the likes of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Jan Garbarek, John Butler, Tomasz Stanko, Bela Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty.

    In 2011 they launched their debut album New Common Sense which received great reviews and gained widespread recognition across the ABC and community radio. The group are currently writing new tunes for their next album due to be ready for 2015.

    Since the group’s first release, they have been touring extensively throughout Australia. Highlight performances include the Melbourne International Jazz Festival at Federation Square, Occupy Sydney Anniversary, packed-out shows at the Paris Cat Jazz Club (VIC), The Vanguard (Sydney), Sydney Fringe Festival and Venue 505.

    ‘The style is diverse but strongly infused with folk-world music and jazz references’. – John McBeath , The Australian

    ‘Takadimi have created a refreshing body of contemporary new era music. The quintet ignore and blast through boundaries, choosing not to let rigid genre formulas constrict them. The music also manages to maintain a fun and vibrant theme throughout. Their sound is complex yet unpretentious(…) embodying the notion of why we should be excited about the future of Australian jazz music’. – East Side Radio, 89.7FM

    ‘Others might simply say that New Common Sense is a damn fine album which will appeal to anyone with a taste for the exotic. Either way, get your hands on these ten tracks and be sure to catch a Takadimi performance – apparently they’re a formidable live act to boot’. – Cameron Barnett, Alternative Media Group

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    Genre – World Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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