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    Welcome

     

    The Paris Cat has established a reputation as one of Melbourne’s premier jazz clubs and performing arts venues. It has launched the careers of many up and coming Australian jazz artists and hosted an array of outstanding International jazz concerts over the past 8 years. Your support has been crucial in it’s success and we thank you.

    Artistic Director – Serge Carnovale

     

    BUY TICKETS ON LINE….Due to strong public demand the Paris Cat has introduced a new on line booking system powered by ROLLER. This has been introduced to improve our service. For answers to some Frequently Asked Questions regarding bookings and attending one of our shows, please click here to read our FAQ Page. PLEASE NOTE we no longer take phone or email bookings. Simply click BUY TICKETS and enjoy the show.

     

     

     

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    The ishs/Allen Project (Album Launch)

    Wednesday 04th March 2015

    Often sparse and understated, always elegant, this debut album for The ishs/Allen Project delivers wonderfully complementary pieces, each painted in warm harmonic brushstrokes, framed in thoughtful arrangements, and recorded to perfection.
    — Peter Neville (Head of Percussion and New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music)

    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.

    After having been playing together for more than two years across states and in various festivals, including the most recent Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, the band is launching their eponymous debut album tonight. As part of their album promo tour, this concert will showcase original compositions by the bandleaders, including the music in the album.

    The album will be available through local boutiques such as Audiophile Reference Recordings, Readings, and Thomas’ Music as well as online retailers such as Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. The audience will also be able to get their copies directly from the band during the show.

    For more information about TiAP, visit:
    Website: http://tiap.info

    ade ishs — acoustic piano, voice
    Chelsea Allen — drums, voice
    Paul Bonnington — semi-acoustic and electric basses
    Ee Shan Pang — trumpet, flugelhorn, and voice

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    Genre – Contemporary Jazz / Latin Jazz / Folk Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9pm $15


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    John Morrison & Jacki Cooper Quartet

    Thursday 05th March 2015

    The Cat in the Hat is at it again. John Morrison is making a return to Paris Cat with songbird Jacki Cooper, piano maestro Bob Sedergreen, Geoff Kluke on bass with special guest Dave Palmer on trombone. A swingin’ good time is guaranteed!

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


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    Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – 7.30pm Early Show

    Friday 06th March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tango … Milonga … Habanera … Waltz

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

    Genre – Argentinian Tango

    Performance Room – Basement

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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

    Friday 06th March 2015

    PERFORMING 2 X 45MIN SETS IN OUR NEW PARISIAN ROOM!

    NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    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

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


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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz Band

    Friday 06th March 2015

    The Sugarfoot Ramblers are a group of young musicians from Melbourne who have studied and played contemporary jazz styles, but also share a love of traditional jazz.  After spending time in New Orleans, Travis Woods and Daniel Berry decided to form this band to explore the classic traditional jazz repertoire. The Sugarfoot Ramblers are Travis Woods (trumpet), James Macaulay (trombone), Jon Hunt (clarinet), Matt Hayes (banjo), Jono Brown (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).
    The group has performed around town quite regularly over the past couple years including appearances at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Paris Cat and Uptown Jazz Cafe.
    Travis says, “We all love the music of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as local legends and personal heroes, The Red Onions and The Hoodangers.  So that’s the music we enjoy playing in this band.”

    Website:
    www.sugarfootramblers.com

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


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini

    Saturday 07th March 2015

    Always a fabulous & fun evening, Paris Cat favourite Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini is back for 2015 with some great new sassy tunes ready to delight you. After a busy 2014 performing in Paris and various jazz festivals, Tamara is fresh out of the studio having recorded her new CD soon to be launched in our Parisian Loft. Her Dirty Martini boys continue to charm our Paris Cat audiences, whipping up musical mayhem, featuring Melbourne’s King of swing, Paul Williamson (tenor sax/ clarinet), Gianni Marinucci (trumpet/flugelhorn), Steve Paix (piano), Kim May (Double bass) and Danny Farrugia (drums). A versatile and entertaining songstress with an infectious sense of fun and diverse repertoire of song, Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini celebrates the melodic mistresses of song from Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Nina Simone, Doris Day to Blossom Dearie.

    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Panorama Brasil [Early 7-30pm Show]

    Saturday 07th March 2015

    Panorama Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazonian basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador. Panorama Brasil is lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr, one of Australia’s best exponents of Brazilian percussion. Kerr is known for his work with groups such as The Doug de Vries Trio, and Sexteto Zona Sul, and leads this group focusing on Brazilian music and new compositions.

    Well known to Paris Cat audiences through their Tom Jobim tribute shows, for this show Panorama Brasil will be presenting a special set of Brazilian instrumental music – sambas, bossa nova, maracatu, forró and more. They will also be playing music from their Bell Award-nominated album The Archer & the Dancer, which will be presented as part of a new dance work later in 2015.

    Asha Henfry – flute

    Alistair Parsons – trombone

    Matt Boden – piano

    James Gilligan – bass

    Alastair Kerr – drums/percussion

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    Mel Searle – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 07th March 2015

    Although a relative newcomer to Melbourne’s Jazz scene, Mel Searle is quickly making a name for herself as a gifted and distinctive jazz vocalist. With an innate talent for vocal improvisation and an exquisite vocal warmth and depth of tone, Mel’s vocals are luminescent and empathetic. Illumination is a key concept in Mel’s approach to producing sound. Creating a transparency within her vocals that brings light and clarity is something she works hard to attain. She believes that it’s all about passing on your expression and musical vision directly and clearly. This, combined with her superb control and artistry result in a musical sophistication which is compelling because of its simplicity and beauty…

    She will be accompanied by the brilliant and charismatic Craig Smith Quintet. For more info on Mel and for details of her new album please visit www.melsearle.com or www.facebook.com/melsearlesinger

    Lineup:
    Craig Smith – Piano
    Barney Loveland – Double Bass
    Phill Reichman – Sax
    Andrew Gordon – Guitar
    Lachlan Wallace – Drums.

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


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    Lowther Hall – An Evening of Jazz

    Wednesday 11th March 2015

    LOWTHER HALL ANGLICAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL featuring special guests BOB SEDERGREEN, SONJA HORBELT and ENZO RUBERTO.

    Lowther Hall Musicians and Singers, along with legend Bob Sedergreen, will perform a selection of Jazz standards in what is shaping up to be a memorable and magical night of sassy swing, mood and style. Performing with Bob Sedergreen will be renowned Melbourne drummer Sonja Horbelt and bassist Enzo Ruberto. Sit back and relax as the voices and music our talented student musicians entertain you in our evening of Jazz.

    SOLD OUT

    Genre – Student Jazz Recitals
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 6.30pm $25


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    Lisa Crawley (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 11th March 2015

    Lisa Crawley is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne based singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist. Her songs have been described as “sophisticated, thoughtful, and charming, with a hue of the pop world of the past hanging over and around the songs”. To date, Lisa has released two albums and two EPs, all to critical acclaim, and regularly achieved placement in the top ten charts. She has been nominated multiple times for New Zealand’s prestigious Silver Scroll award, and won the international ‘Pacific Songwriting Award’ for her song ‘Stranger’. Already beginning to make her mark here in her adopted Australian home, Lisa has recently had tracks featured on Australian ABC series ‘Time Of Our Lives’ (as well as appearing an episode!) and is already in demand for residencies in live music venues Melbourne-wide.

    Lisa has been hand picked to play support for artists as varied as John Mayer, Paul Weller,and Jools Holland garnering wonderful reviews and gaining new fans wherever she plays. She has also worked closely alongside New Zealand songwriting icon Tim Finn (Split Enz), playing keyboard, singing, and even doing the odd recorder solo in his band! In 2015 Lisa will also be joining Australian artist Pete Murray to play keyboards and sing at various events.

    This special show at the Paris Cat is part of Lisa’s Australian tour promoting single ‘Best Friend’ and will be previewing her music video for ‘Stranger’, which was filmed at none other than the beautiful Paris Cat! She will be performing two sets with her band, featuring Rob McPherson (guitar, vocals), Toby Lang (drums), Dale McMahon (bass,vocals) Madison Foley (trumpet, vocals) as well as featuring some very special guests.

    A night not to be missed!

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


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    The New Impromptu Quartet feat. Eric McGrath

    Thursday 12th March 2015

    Tonight’s billing sees Paris Cat regulars, The New Impromptu Quartet, joined by Irish/Spanish singer-songwriter Eric McGrath for his second ever Australian performance.
    Act One – The New Impromptu Quartet
    Act Two – The New Impromptu Quartet feat. Eric McGrath
    Melbourne-based New Impromptu Quartet, led by Alexander Nettlebeck are often more than a quartet! Exploring a world of styles and influences, the band will be highlighting a range of influences including jazz and reggae in their original compositions along with re workings of some favourite standards. Songwriter and singer Eric McGrath has recorded 2 albums in Europe and is fast becoming known for his latin influenced style of breezy pop tunes. This is sure to be a great night and not to be missed!
    Line up:
    Guitar/Vocals – Eric McGrath
    Piano/Keys – Alexander Nettelbeck
    Double/Electric Bass – Rene Tessmer
    Drums – Keith Pereira
    Electric Guitar – Mikey Chan

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


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 13th March 2015

    Re-imagining Peggy Lee is a new project by seasoned Melbourne jazz musicians Nicola Watson (vocals), Nathan Liow (piano) and Adam Spiegl (bass). Drawing on the diversity of Peggy Lee’s recorded works, from her career beginnings with Benny Goodman’s Big Band to her famed sessions for Capitol and Decca records, the project sees Watson, Liow and Spiegl cast new light on Lee’s work to re-imagine and re-invent melodies, stories and the style of jazz-pop icon Peggy Lee.

    Nicola Watson’s debut album Clear is the Coast was released through Newmarket Music, to critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. Watson’s timeless approach to lyric and melody is complimented by a unique style, with a distinct and commanding vocal ability as a singer and improviser. A 2010 finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Watson has since toured Canada, North America and Japan. Collaborating with Nathan Liow on a new set of jazz works, Watson and Liow released their 2010 debut album entitled Here in the Corner, which received regular airplay on ABC, PBS and RRR. Watson and Liow will join with Melbourne bassist Adam Speigl at the Paris Cat to launch their new project, Reimagining Peggy Lee.

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

    “Watson’s voice is a pleasure.”
    ~ Vijay Khurana, Triple J

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


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    Griff’s Gravy Train

    Friday 13th March 2015

    Get back to the Chitlin Circuit with guitar and hammond organ soaked bop, blues and funk. Guitarist Ryan Griffith leads this quartet of stirling gents through a repertoire of originals and selected tunes from the likes of George Benson, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino.

    Ryan has a long association with this style having played alongside well-known Japanese organist Atsuko Hashimoto (Lou Donaldon, Randy Johnston). His articulate blues infused lines put the guitar up front and centre, taking the audience back to an era where soul and bebop fused.

    Joined by Melbourne stalwarts Kim Kelart (hammond organ), Mark Elton (bass) and Aaron McCullough (drums) this group is sure to entertain and will particularly delight guitar and hammond enthusiasts.

    SPECIAL GUEST: Exquisite singer and jazz raconteur Kimba Griffith will join the Gravy Train tonight with vocal numbers that evoke the wild women of jazz.

    Genre – Bop / Blues / Funk
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Vintage Roots – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 13th March 2015

    Led by the ever versatile and sassy vocalist, Jennifer Kerr, Vintage Roots re-interpret classic pop songs. Imagine pop classics done in 1930’s, Motown, New Orleans groove or just straight out swing. Paul Van Ross weaves his magic musical lines on winds and you’ll love his catchy arrangements. With songs by Cold Chisel, John Farnham, Maroon 5, Justice Crew, Justin Bieber and an all star line up, this is classic pop like you’ve never heard before. Vintage Roots will redefine what you know as pop music.

    Line up:
    Jennifer Kerr – vocals
    Paul Van Ross – saxophone / flute / clarinet
    Darrin Archer – piano
    Tom Lee – double bass
    Aaron McCoullough – drums.

    Genre – Motown / New Orleans Groove / Straight out Swing
    Performance Room – Parisian Loft
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Alma Mater – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    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.
    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.

    Genre – Portuguese Fado / Brazilian Modihna
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special Guest Emma Gilmartin

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    Melbourne based band leader/trumpeter and vocalist Gianni Marinucci’s Swing Train project features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, including Frank Disario-bass and Michael Jordon- drums and special guests Paul Williamson (Vocals/Sax ) & Bob Sedergreen on piano. The group will perform a wonderful selection of jazz standards and is always a fun night.

    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Emma Gilmartin : Guest Vocalist
    Bob Sedergreen : Piano
    Frank Disario: Bass
    Michael Jordan : Drums

    ONLY 25 SEATED TICKETS LEFT…

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


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    WILBUR WILDE features with JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 14th March 2015

    On March 14, the John Montesante Quintet (or JMQ) is delighted to feature singer-saxophonist WILBUR WILDE, in the Parisian Loft.

    Wilde is a predigious musical talent and nice guy, who has been a friend of band-leader John, for 40 years. While they were both touring with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons in the 1970s, Montesante taught Wilbur jazz and bop changes whenever they had free time. Wilde still considers Montesante a musical mentor from that era. Subsequently, they have performed jazz together on many occasions – and such shows are always extra special.

    Wilbur is celebrated for his roles in prominent bands, on television, radio and stage, but now is able to devote more time to his long-time passion for Live Jazz performance. And it is always a pleasure to have him in the JMQ line up, singing and blowing up a storm – as he will on this special Saturday evening at Paris Cat Jazz Club.

    The stellar jazz cats that evening are:
    Wilbur Wilde – vocals & saxophone
    John Montesante – trumpet & flugelhorn
    Michael Harding – piano
    Philip Rex – double bass
    Carlo Alberto Canevali – drums

    This will be a terrific evening of Jazz entertainment! Book early to avoid disappointment!!

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


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    Daniel Hunter Quartet – (Paris) Paris Cat Debut

    Wednesday 18th March 2015

    With his debut album, Australian guitarist/composer Daniel Hunter, takes listeners on a musical voyage which reflects his own travels over the past 7 years. Featuring saxophonist Warren Walker (The Kandinsky effect), bassist Damien Varaillon (Nicolas Folmer Quartet), and drummer Nicolas Charlier (Thomas Encho Trio), the album includes compositions which recall his home town of Canberra, to the icy Swiss winter, and his current home of Paris.

    While the music incorporates the European aesthetic, it also preserves flavours that can only be identified as specific to the Australian jazz sound. Some influences are clearly present; John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, James Muller and Wanderlust. The pieces were all composed on the guitar, and consist of rich harmonic movement and bright melodies. They make the most of the strengths and natural features of the instrument, but are also written with the lyrical qualities of the tenor saxophone in mind.

    “4 stars!” – John McBeath, The Australian

    “A musician/traveller to keep in sight. We’re following him closely!” – Culturejazz.fr

    “A lovely surprise!” – Alex Dutilh, France Musique

    www.danielhuntermusic.com

    Daniel Hunter – Guitar, Compositions
    Jack Beeche – Saxophone
    Gareth Hill – Double Bass
    Sam Young – Drums

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


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    Vanessa Fernandez presents: A Tribute to the ‘Divine One’ Sarah Vaughan

    Thursday 19th March 2015

    This emotionally compelling performance will touch on the history and beauty of pieces recorded by the incomparable Sarah Vaughan. Strongly influenced by Vaughan’s vocal style, Vanessa will bring to life many of her hits and hidden gems from her illustrious career. A night not to be missed, Vanessa will perform with a two piece, the accomplished double bassist Ben Robertson and the uniquely talented guitarist Hugh Stuckey.

    Vanessa Fernandez

    “…a remarkably soulful voice, with the range to handle the emotion of these pieces, from tender to intense.’
    Doug Boynton, Girlsingers (US)

    www.vanessafernandezmusic.com

     


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


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    Kelsey James & The Kamikaze Bees

    Friday 20th March 2015

    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’.

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


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    Kimba Griffith Septet – NEW 8.30pm SHOWTIME

    Friday 20th March 2015

    “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.

    “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

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


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    La Tin Shed Orquesta – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 20th March 2015

    Experience La Tin Shed Orquesta’s unique sound as they weave their infectious mix of gorgeous Argentinian tangos with a modern twist. This up and coming 6 piece is fast becoming a regular at many of Melbourne’s best loved venues such as Ruby’s Music Room, Paris Cat, Open Studio, and The Wesley Anne. Featuring Suzanne Andrews – Piano, Karina Di Sisto – Cello, Sophie Dunn – Violin, John Goldsworthy – Bass, Emily Kimpton – Flute, and Jack Mithen – Guitars. Be transported to a Cafetin in Buenos Aires and start the weekend on a good note!

    Listen, Like, or find out more about La Tin Shed Orquesta at http://kldisisto.wix.com/latinshed

    Genre – Argentinian Tango / Latin
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    JULIE BAILEY returns to the Paris Cat with ‘BLUE GIRL’

    Saturday 21st March 2015

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOW
    Melbourne-based jazz vocalist, Julie Bailey, returns to The Paris Cat to perform her new show, ‘Blue Girl’. Along with her repertoire of jazz and other eclectic genres—from her debut album ‘Three Dimensions of Love’—Julie will also be performing some of her originals that have emerged from a deep and contemplative retreat in recent times. ‘Blue Girl’ is a new show. It takes us on a detour down ‘Blues Alley’ and back again, traversing the delicate landscape of human emotions with an authenticity that speaks to the heart. Julie’s smooth, silky, unaffected vocal style will be complemented on stage by jazz pianist and composer, Steve Sedergreen, James Clarke (double bass) and Mike Jordan (drums).

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


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    ‘RALEIGH’

    Saturday 21st March 2015

    Raleigh Williams returns again to her favourite Melbourne venue for a night of classic jazz and favourite tunes. Giving her original band, RALEIGH, and acclaimed French-influenced ensemble La Nuit Blanche a repose for the evening, she returns this time with a new line-up, revisiting her jazz roots with some close musical compatriots – Simon Lewis (Amanaska, Reverend Funk), David Gooey (National Jazz Awards 2014 finalist) and Adam Spiegl (Adam Spiegl Trio, LAA). Expect a premium selection of jazz, bossa, soul – and as always – some surprising and elegant reinterpretations.

    Raleigh Williams Quartet
    Simon Lewis – Piano
    David Gooey – Guitar
    Adam Spiegl – Bass
    Raleigh Williams – Vocals

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


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    Allira Wilson (NEW 8.30pm SHOW)

    Saturday 21st March 2015

    Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’.
    Alliras debut album ‘Rise and Fall’ recently won the Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album 2014 and was recently ABCs Feature Album of the week.

    ‘Wilson took out best Australian jazz vocal award at the 2014 Bell Awards and this debut album signals the arrival of an important new voice’ ( John McBeath- The Weekend Australian, 4 stars).

    Her music combines jazz harmony with a contemporary edge and a soulful dynamic. Endowed with a powerful voice, her innovative twists and youthful approach revitalize not only the music, but creates a distinctive and fresh sound. Allira Wilson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was the winner of the Melville Toyota Scholorship for 2010. Allira was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2012.

    Allira has been featured on composer Alice Humphries’ Album ECILA and the Rick Webster Project as well as recently on Barney McAll and Gian Slaters new album.
    She has performed regularly with her own projects as well as Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Mace Francis Orchestra, Alice Humphries Ecila and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). She represented WAAPA and toured China in 2010 as well as performing at 2010’s Wangarrata Jazz Festival in Victoria. Allira is a member of ‘Invenio’, a 16 piece vocal ensemble lead by Gian Slater. The group recently toured the East Coast of Australia performing original repertoire and launching the new album Clarion/Whisper. Allira recently performed at the Perth International Jazz Festival and will be touring the East Coast later this year.

    ‘A flawless interpreter, she pays due respect to the tradition within her explorations’ ( Vanessa Perica- Ausjazznet.com)

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

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


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    PUSH

    Wednesday 25th March 2015

    Stephen Magnusson – Guitar and effects
    Rob Burke – Sax and sounds.
    Tony Floyd – Drums
    Ben Grayson – Samples – sounds etc.

    PUSH is an ensemble that explores improvisation with conventional instruments and improvising machines. Guitarist, Stephen Magnusson is renowned for reversing and manipulating sound and melodic ideas. To compliment this approach, Rob Burke will improvising both on the saxophone and ‘Push Controller’ to manipulate his improvisations and interact with the ensemble. Ben Grayson’s instrument is the ‘Push Controller’ – he will be grabbing sounds of the ensemble as well as introducing his own library of sounds to play his role in the musical interaction. Tony Floyd’s contribution is as the drummer and producer of percussive sounds in his truly musical way.

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


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 26th March 2015

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

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

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

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


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    Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Friday 27th March 2015

    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
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Friday 27th March 2015

    Upcoming Jazz vocalist Elissa Rodger has been performing from a young age, and launched her Jazz career after undertaking studies at Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. She was inspired to explore the world of jazz after being exposed to the Coltrane and Hartman ballads album when she was 15.

    The ‘Elissa Rodger Sextet’ was formed after a recent trip to New York and has been going from strength to strength. The Sextet is influenced by artists such as Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly and Kurt Elling and the ensemble strives to challenge each other and explore new musical ideas.

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


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    THE GLASS MOON (PARIS CAT DEBUT)

    Friday 27th March 2015

    Cam Giles-Webb – Vocals
    Kieran Rafferty – Drums
    Dan Robertson – Piano
    Kim May – Bass
    Lachlan Davidson – Sax

    Guest appearance – Steve Sedergreen

    Comprised of highly accomplished jazz musicians and fronted by respected producer and performer Cam Giles-Webb, THE GLASS MOON offer a vast repertoire of tastefully reimagined classics mixed in with the band’s memorable originals. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to U2, THE GLASS MOON appeal to audiences of all ages with their outstanding stagecraft and skillful musicianship.

    After winning over many new fans and building a solid reputation by playing a monthly residency at DIZZY’S JAZZ CLUB, THE GLASS MOON are thrilled to announce their debut performance at one of Melbourne’s most prestigious jazz clubs – THE PARIS CAT (6 Goldie
    Place, Melbourne).

    Jazz legend Steve Sedergreen will join THE GLASS MOON to do two tracks from his ” Points In Time ” album for this special event, so don’t miss it!

    The band’s debut, self-titled album is now available through iTunes.

    Find THE GLASS MOON online at: www.theglassmoon.net

    MANAGEMENT & PR: Mandy Kane @ Milwaukee Music

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


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    Yellowbird Jazz Band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 28th March 2015

    Yellowbird Jazz Band return to Paris Cat after two capacity performances. The band is comprised of some of the most accomplished young musicians in Melbourne, with a similar interest in the jazz vocal music of the 40’s and 50’s. For this performance, they will present a set of unique, original arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. Yellowbird will explore Ellington’s genius in the quintet format of vocals, sax, piano, bass and drums, followed by a set of their usual eclectic repertoire (Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Joni Mitchell and more). Do not miss your one and only opportunity to see these amazing original arrangements of some great music!

    Amelia McCulloch – Vocals
    Josh Kelly – Saxophone/Clarinet
    Joel Trigg – Piano
    Oscar Neyland – Double Bass
    Daniel Berry – Drums

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


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    Craig Smith Quintet

    Saturday 28th March 2015

    “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
    Tim Nikolsky – Guitar
    David Atkins – Drums
    Barney Loveland – Acoustic Bass

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


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    THE SWING MERCHANTS (MEL/SYD) *ONE SHOW ONLY!*

    Saturday 28th March 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT – NEW 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    The Swing Merchants are a group of like-minded young players whose main aim to is swing, and to swing hard! With Olivia Chindamo on vocals, Jake Barden and Lachlan Hamilton (SYD) on reeds, William Morrison (SYD) on guitar, Harry Morrison (SYD) on double bass and Patrick Danao (SYD) on drums, they are sure to have you dancing in your seat in no time!

    Playing classic tracks made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Djando Reinhardt, The Swing Merchants will take you back in time to celebrate the early years of swing, dating as far back as the Dixieland era. Seeing these guys play together is something not to be missed, so put on your dancing shoes, gather your friends and get swinging!

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


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    ‘Koblenz’ – Daniel Weltlinger (BERLIN)

    Wednesday 01st April 2015

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

    Lineup:
    Daniel Weltlinger – violin
    Peter Baylor – guitar
    Jon Delaney – guitar
    Nigel Date – guitar
    Howard Cairns – double bass

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


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    The Randy Anderson

    Thursday 02nd April 2015

    GOOD FRIDAY EVE PERFORMANCE

    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

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


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    Rebecca Mendoza – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Thursday 02nd April 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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    ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM QUARTET (NY)

    Friday 03rd April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Cannonball – 8.30PM SHOWTIME

    Saturday 04th April 2015

    Chantal Mitvalsky – voice
    Tim Wilson – alto sax
    Paul Williamson – trumpet
    Darrin Archer – piano
    Sam Bates – drums
    Tom Lee – bass

    ‘Cannonball’ is a fresh new sextet inspired by the jazz/groove/soul music of the late saxophone giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. His work transcended musical boundaries with its heavy blues and gospel influence combined with a deep, infectious groove.

    The ensemble features some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. Between them they boast an impressive list of performance credits including Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, The Australian Art Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mike Nock, and Bobby Shew.

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


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 04th April 2015

    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors – a soulful empire of a groove/jazz/jam/band with deep grooves, infectious sense of humor and extended joy-infused improvisations. They’re five very fine musicians in a band that is always more than the sum of the parts. Dutch tenor saxophonist Remco Keijzer has been leading his original bands through Europe and Australia for the last 5 years. This is the first time he added a vocalist of the likes of Alinta Chidzey to the band. The band has been playing weekly at the Local Taphouse in St Kilda East and has build up great stamina and a steady crowd of jazz lovers.

    ALINTA is a stunning and charismatic singer. She’s starred in many musicals such as West Side Story, Dusty Springfield and Mamma Mia! and just got awarded her second Greenroom award.
    The Jazz Emperors feature the superb rhythm section of pianist Kim Kellaart, bassist Tom Lee and drummer Darryn Farrugia. Each outstanding in their own right.

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


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    The JC little big band with Lilly Tunley – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 04th April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    SURFACE – (PARIS CAT DEBUT)

    Wednesday 08th April 2015

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

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

    Band Members:
    Liam Werrett – Alto Saxophone
    Niran Dasika – Trumpet
    Lachlan Hensey – Guitar
    Daniel Mougerman – Keys
    Claire Cross – Bass
    Cameron Sexton – Drums
    Links:
    https://soundcloud.com/surface-project-melbourne
    https://www.facebook.com/surfacemusicmelbourne
    https://surfacemusicmelb.wordpress.com

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


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    Mietta – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 09th April 2015

    Is MIETTA Australian music’s best kept secret?

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

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

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

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

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


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    The Pacific Belles – Early 7.30pm Showtime

    Friday 10th April 2015

    We welcome back The Pacific Belles, Melbourne’s very own Andrew Sisters!

    Join Betty, Dot and Mabel as they take you on a journey back in time to the 1940’s in their show – Sing Swing Get in The Mood.

    Re-live all your favourite classics including The Andrew Sisters Boogie Woogie, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, songs by Doris Day and many more!

    The Pacific Belles are inspired by the music and glamour of the 1940’s era. Their aim is to bring back the nostalgia which engages all generations and their sound will have you singing along and toe-tapping in no time!

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


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

    Friday 10th April 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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    Noria Letts Quintet – NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Saturday 11th April 2015

    A Taste of Paris.
    Let French vocalist Noria Letts take you on a musical journey blending an alluring range of influences and cultures. A wonderful passionate and warm entertainer. She sets the mood of France right here in Melbourne.

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


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    REVERSE SWING

    Saturday 11th April 2015

    Reverse Swing is a small ensemble of musicians dedicated to revisiting hot jazz of the 1920s and 30s and the cooler and more sophisticated sounds of the 1940s and 50s. We are a loose array who occasionally get together to perform the music we love.

    All of us have been playing together for many years in different bands, both locally and internationally. We like to play from a variety of tunes, old and new — from figures such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet to the American Songbook as well as some originals for a contemporary audience. Our philosophy is an innate commitment to swing (strong forward motion as someone called it).

    The band has played at various venues around Melbourne and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and comprises some of Australia’s leading exponents of the swing genre and contemporary jazz.

    Eugene Ball, award-winning trumpeter and composer.
    Mike McQuaid, Red Hot Rhythm Makers band leader and acclaimed clarinettist and saxophonist.
    Leigh Barker, distinguished bassist and New Sheilks band leader.
    Matt Boden, Tasmanian-based pianist and composer, guesting for the first time with this ensemble.
    John Scurry, versatile guitarist and veteran of the local jazz scene who plays with Melbourne band Virus.

    Genre – Swing / Hot Jazz of the 20’s and 30’s / Contemporary Jazz
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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

    Saturday 11th April 2015

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

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


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    Nathan Slater Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Wednesday 15th April 2015

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Tango / Brazilian
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $15


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    STRANGE WEATHER – PEARLY BLACK & the TOM WAITS SONGBOOK

    Friday 17th April 2015

    NEW 8.30PM SHOW

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

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

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


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    RE-IMAGINING CHET BAKER – EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    Friday 17th April 2015

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Hetty Kate & the Irwell Street String Band

    Saturday 18th April 2015

    Crowd favourites, Hetty Kate (voice) & Sam Lemann (guitar/ukulele) return to The Paris Cat to present sweet, sassy, swinging and sentimental tunes from wartime Britain, the heyday of Hollywood and the rolling vistas of America. Their foursome, The Irwell Street String Band, feature two guitars, ukulele, double bass and voice are celebrating three years together and the release of their 2011 album ’11:60pm’. Enjoyed for their light-hearted approach to the music, and the beautiful swinging style of their performance, this group’s musical talent is capped off with Hetty Kate’s distinctive and sweet vocals. “This is easy going jazz, as bright and sparkling as a Summer’s day.” Richard Fields, 3CR Melbourne

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

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


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    Heather Stewart “Sings Billie Holiday” NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Saturday 18th April 2015

    Heather Stewart has been performing SOLD OUT, highly successful shows at Melbourne’s Paris Cat since 2011 with a selection of Melbourne’s best Jazz musicians. Heather Stewart will perform a beautiful collection of songs from Billie’s heyday and original music by local jazz legend John Scurry (Red Onions/Reverse Swing). Heather’s stunning vocals and impressive violin skills are joined by Australia’s best Jazz musicians John Scurry on guitar, Lin Wallis on drums, Michael McQuaid on tenor saxophone and clarinet and Leigh Barker on double bass.

    Heather Stewart, a multiple award winning musician and songwriter in her own right, has recently returned from a successful tour of Europe playing at Paris’s “Caveau de la Huchette”, the venue Sydney Bechet played in the 50s. Following three awards for her album “GET YOUR FINGERS OFF IT!”, Heather is soon releasing a brand new album of original blues songs and fiddle tunes “CITY WITH NO NAME”.

    For recordings and more information check out www.heatherstewart.com.au

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


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    Shelley Segal – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 18th April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    The Lagerphones – NEW 8.30pm SHOW

    Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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

    Genre – Trad Jazz / New Orleans Big Band
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $15


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    Briana Cowlishaw Quintet [Syd]

    Thursday 23rd April 2015

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


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    Audrey Powne and Nick Pietsch – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 23rd April 2015

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

    In this outing she will be joined by 2013 National Jazz Awards finalist and right hand man, James Bowers on the Piano, Jonathan Brown on Bass and Drummer Jacob Evans.

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

    Genre – Jazz / Swing Standards
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $15


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    Paul Van Ross – ClaveMania

    Friday 24th April 2015

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

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

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

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


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    Bella Wolf – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Wednesday 29th April 2015

    Following their successful club debut in December, Bella Wolf are returning to the Paris Cat for one more special night of music. Lead by Erica Tucceri, Bella Wolf is a fresh, new Melbourne-based quintet featuring the talents of VCA students and recent alumni who have, despite their age, already performed both nationally and internationally.

    Many of Bella Wolf’s original compositions were premiered to enthusiastic reviews at the 2014 Ubud Village Jazz Festival (Indonesia), and the band are now bringing their eclectic blend of contemporary Latin, Classical and Jazz influences to audiences across Melbourne. Slipping comfortably from energetic grooves to lyrical melodies, these young and talented musicians will be presenting a very special night, not to be missed!

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

    For more info, head to:
    www.facebook.com/BellaWolfMusic
    www.ericatucceri.com

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


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

    Wednesday 29th April 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Afro-Cuban / Exotica
    Performance Room – Basement
    Show time – 8.30pm $25


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    Andrew Kimber Quartet – NEW 8.30PM SHOW

    Thursday 30th April 2015

    Hailing from his hometown of Canberra, Andrew Kimber is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Music where he learned under the tutor ledge of John Mackey. Upon leaving the ANU Andrew undertook several pilgrimages to the New York City to learn from greats Will Vinson, David Binney and Jacam Manricks before relocating to Melbourne at the start of 2014.
    Kimber has explored different genres since starting his career, exploring both modern and traditional streams of Jazz as well as contemporary styles like Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and Pop music. Kimber lead the Canberra based brass band Party Gravy took critical success in the region and winning a Music ACT Music Award in 2013.

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    Kimber’s strength as a composer has developed a lot over the years starting with a foundation from his university lecturer Miroslav Bukovsky in modern Jazz writing. Kimber developed his own voice as a composer with guidance from Jacam Manricks. Kimber draws inspiration from country and rock and roll that he was exposed to during his upbringing in rural NSW, as well as Hip Hop and Funk that have inspired him during his school years. Kimber infuses these styles into the language of the modern Jazz musician and tells the stories of life experiences that he shares with the audience both musically and through storytelling.

    Joined by friends Matthew Dixon on Guitar and Pedal Steel, Arlene Fletcher on Double Bass and John Milton on Drums the charisma of the AKQ is not to be missed.
    “Andrew Kimber redefines the modern sax player, talented, passionate and a whole lot of fun along the way.”- Canberra Music Blog

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


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