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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

     

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    Sugarfoot Ramblers Jazz band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 20th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

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

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

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

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

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

    Website:
    www.sugarfootramblers.com

     

    NOT TO BE MISSED…BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Contemporary Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ‘The songs that saved your life’ – Kimba Griffith Quintet

    Saturday 20th September 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Fresh from a wild sell-out tour of Japan, Kimba Griffith brings together a quartet of talented musicians to traverse a catalogue of tunes that shaped Kimba’s musical identity in her formative years.

    Kimba has spent the past 15 years chasing jazz dreams and in service to melody and lyric. As well as performing at all the major venues in Melbourne, and making numerous trips to her loyal following in Japan, Kimba, together with Ryan Griffith (guitar) her longtime musical collaborator/life partner/fellow raiser of small humans, has performed from the Edinburgh Festival to the Press Club in Phnom Penh, and has released a critically acclaimed album ‘The Leaves Stay Green’, with a septet album due for release late this year.

    A child who sang before speaking, beautiful songs and meaningful lyrics have always held Kimba in sway. Her musical homeland lies in late 1950’s west coast bop, and she’ll be holding a flame to this important musical landscape with some lively selections from her favourite musicians such as Mel Torme and Chris Connor, and tunes from lyricists including Yip Harburg, Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael and Jimmy Van Heusen. These selections will showcase Kimba’s fine, true tone and the swingin’ phrasing that bring audiences flocking to her gigs.

    On this special night Kimba also offers a select edit of songs outside the jazz canon; songs that have shaped her sensitive approach to the heart of the song…songs that sparked Kimba’s search for the real story.

    Featuring songs by The Smiths, Tom Waits, Barenaked Ladies, The Cure, The Beatles, and more, these formative tunes will be refashioned in the deft hands of Kimba and her quartet, with plenty of jazz inflection and fresh phrasing.

    Joining Kimba for this night of west-coast bop and pop reinvention are:
    Ryan Griffith: Guitar ( Who has just been announced as a finalist in the jazz awards at Wangaratta Festival…Congratulations Ryan!! )
    Mark Shepherd: Double Bass
    Hugh Harvey: Drums
    Gideon Brazil: Reeds

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    Genre – Jazz / West Coast Bop / Pop

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Nathan Slater Quartet

    Wednesday 24th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Tango / Brazilian

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Movement 9

    Thursday 25th September 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    ‘Sukaro Gypsy Jazz Band’ Are Back!

    Friday 26th September 2014

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

    Genre – Gypsy Swing

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Emma Sidney & The GO – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 26th September 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

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

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

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

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

    Peer reviews include:

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

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

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

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

    Genre – Jazz / World / Fusion / Latin / Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Williams Does Winehouse

    Saturday 27th September 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    Raleigh Williams is thrilled to be returning to the Paris Cat after 3 sold-out shows this year.

    Heavily inspired in her own musical journey by modern jazz, soul and pop prodigal daughter Amy Winehouse, The Raleigh Williams Band has hand-picked favourites, known and lesser-known, from Winehouse’s songbook to revisit over this night of musical tribute. Williams contributes her own sound to the pieces from the Grammy-winning albums ‘Frank’, ‘Back to Black’ and the posthumously released ‘Lioness’ that have been admired and loved world-wide amongst music fans.

    Fresh back from a 5-week tour of Western Australia, Williams is delighted to join David Gooey on Guitar, James Gilligan on Bass, Gareth Bowen on Drums plus special guest appearances for this evening of music.

    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL…

    Genre – Jazz Soul / Funk Pop

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Saturday 27th September 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK JON DELANEY…NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

    Genre – Gypsy Jazz with an Eastern European Flavour

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    James Osborne Jazz Collective

    Wednesday 01st October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    Joel Triggs-piano
    Kim May-bass
    Brae Grimes-trumpet
    Ron Romero-saxophone
    James Osborne-drums

    The Jazz Collective is an ensemble of talented Melbourne musicians led by Canadian drummer James Osborne. The group plays an energetic mix of original compositions and adapted standards in a blend of modern (mostly) acoustic jazz. You may hear Monk, Motown and possibly Jimi Hendrix.

    Genre – Acoustic Jazz / Motown / Soul

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Cathy Menezes – Singer, Improviser and Composer

    Thursday 02nd October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK CATHY MENEZES…

    Singer Song-writer, and Musician – Cathy Menezes, will be performing at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, on Thursday, 2nd October at 9 pm.

    Presenting her compositions and standards arranged into a style of smooth cool jazz. So to all those “Cool Cats” don’t miss out on what’s yet to come. It’s going to be a great evening.

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Jazz / Standards / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quintet

    Friday 03rd October 2014

    WELCOME BACK….

    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 Joe Ruberto – piano, James Clark – bass, James Sherlock – Guitar and Sam Young – 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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Jazz / Blues

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    La Tin Shed Orquesta – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 03rd October 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…

    Be transported to an Argentinian Milonga by a night of golden era or “old guard” Tango when this local 6 piece bring their exciting new show Tango Guardia Vieja to Paris Cat for the first time. Driven by African rhythms all wrapped up in passionate lyricism, this is pure Tango.
    La Tin Shed Orquesta draws together a unique ensemble of musicians who between them have an incredible depth of experience in both the popular and classical worlds. With regular shows at favourite Melbourne venues such as The Wesley Anne, Ruby’s Music Room, and Open studio and composers such as Piazzolla, Di Sali and Garello on their list the start of the weekend is looking good!

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

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Argentinian Tango / Latin

    Show time – 7.30pm $15


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    Swing Train Featuring Gianni Marinucci & Special guest Rebecca Barnard

    Saturday 04th October 2014

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

    Gianni Marinucci: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
    Bob Sedergreen: Piano
    Frank Disario: Bass
    Michael Jordon: Drums
    Rebecca Barnard: Vocals

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Intimate Cool Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Dean’s Martini – Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 04th October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    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.

    Peter de Ryk on Piano, Tony Mazziotta on Bass, Greg Ryan on Drums

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    “Adam Rudegeair Quintet: The Bowie Project”

    Wednesday 08th October 2014

    “Five months after its auspicious premiere at the Paris Cat, Adam Rudegeair Quintet’s Bowie Project returns, newly expanded into 2 sets! Adam’s arrangements of tunes by the pop music icon are daring, exhilarating, and run the gamut from devastating ballads, fiery latin rhythms and hard swing! Featuring Adam Rudegeair (piano), Adam Spiegl (bass), Thom Mitchell (drums), Daimon Brunton (trumpet) and Luke Carbon (tenor).
    Whichever Bowie is your favourite Bowie, don’t worry, the 70s, 80s and 90s are represented as the tunes were cherry picked from Bowie’s 45 year career including Life on Mars, Aladdin Sane, Ashes to Ashes, and yes, even LABYRINTH!”

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz with a ‘Bowie Groove’

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Yellowbird Jazz Band

    Thursday 09th October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….

    Yellowbird jazz band return after a striking show last month. 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. In particular, the band places an emphasis on the music of Billie Holiday. Every show is different however, and for this gig the band will perform music that includes the repertoire of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Joni Mitchell and some selected, beautiful jazz standards that slipped through the cracks of history.

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

    SPECIAL MID-WEEK PERFORMANCE

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    ‘A Norah Jones Tribute’ – Georgie Aue Band – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 10th October 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED!

    Jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Georgie Aue presents a tribute to one of the leading vocalists/pianists of the last decade – Norah Jones.
    Being greatly influenced by Norah Jones’ songwriting and performing style, Georgie became an instant fan back in 2002. This performance showcases Jones’ first two albums and debuted at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival to a sold-out season. Revisiting this soulful, evocative and bluesy show, Georgie Aue and her band are poised to unleash their musicality at their Paris Cat debut.
    This show will also feature some of Melbourne’s finest musicians:
    Locky Ridge – Guitar

    Marty Holoubek – Double Bass

    Leo Kavanagh – Drums

    “Aue’s voice… is deeply melodic, almost luxurious, always pleasing and alluring.” – Peter Maddern, Kryztoff Raw

    “Exquiste” – Mike O’Callaghan, Rip It Up

    Website: www.georgieaue.com.au

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    “Cuban CD Launch” – Paul Van Ross with ClaveMania

    Friday 10th October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Acclaimed saxophonist Paul Van Ross launches his highly anticipated Cuban Album, Mi Alma Cubana – My Cuban Soul. Recorded in Havana, Cuba, in the same studio used by the famous Buena Vista Social Club, the album features many heavyweights (Changuito, Yoraldy Abreu, Gaston Joya, Alejandro Falcón) from top Cuban bands Los Van Van, Maraca and Chucho Valdes. Paul collaborates with Melbourne Latin Jazz group ClaveMania in order to recreate the Cuban experience. Featuring all original compositions that combine the deep-rooted traditions of Latin America and a contemporary approach to Latin Jazz the group will be exploring Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Son grooves. This will get your body moving.

    Paul Van Ross – sax/flute
    Rodolfo “el Panga” Hechaverria – percussion
    Jonathan Cohen – piano
    Elizabeth Obando – bass
    Damien Ellis – drums

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Cuban Timba / Mambo / Argentinian / Tango / Afro-Peruvian Festego / Latin Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Blues Point Vocal Group (SYD) Early 7.30pm Show

    Saturday 11th October 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Blues Point Jazz vocal Group are Lorraine Silk, Lauren Dawes (The Voice), George Washingmachine, Dan Barnett (some of Australia’s finest singers), and Craig Scott (one of Australia’s finest bass players).

    The repertoire ranges from jazz standards by Irving Berlin and Gershwin through to the hits of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Elvis Presley and Queen that have been arranged specially for the group by some of the top arrangers, Judy Bailey, Julian Lee, Graeme Lyall, George Brodbeck.

    The group has been a favourite on the Australian jazz festival circuit – Manly 1998, 2000, 2007, 2013, Coogee 1999, Bellingen 1999, 2004, 2007, Darling Harbour , Newcastle 1999, 2001, 2006, Jazz in the Domain Sydney Festival 2000 (to an audience of 100,000 people), Kiama , Sydney Acappella Festivals 1997, 98, 99, 2001, Darling Harbour events, The Basement, Soup Plus and many corporate functions.

    Blues Point are also on Musica Viva’s roster of artists and have done many regional tours including North Qld, NSW North Coast, and Tasmania.

    The group has recorded 2 CD’s – Self titled Blues Point was released in 1997 and ‘Together’, featuring 4 tracks with the Dan Barnett big band released in 2004.

    This group mixes jazz vocal harmony with a walking bass and loads of humour!

    NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Genre – Jazz Standards / Pop / Soul

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Blues Point Vocal Group (SYD) Late 9.30pm Show

    Saturday 11th October 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Blues Point Jazz vocal Group are Lorraine Silk, Lauren Dawes (The Voice), George Washingmachine, Dan Barnett (some of Australia’s finest singers), and Craig Scott (one of Australia’s finest bass players).

    The repertoire ranges from jazz standards by Irving Berlin and Gershwin through to the hits of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Elvis Presley and Queen that have been arranged specially for the group by some of the top arrangers, Judy Bailey, Julian Lee, Graeme Lyall, George Brodbeck.

    The group has been a favourite on the Australian jazz festival circuit – Manly 1998, 2000, 2007, 2013, Coogee 1999, Bellingen 1999, 2004, 2007, Darling Harbour , Newcastle 1999, 2001, 2006, Jazz in the Domain Sydney Festival 2000 (to an audience of 100,000 people), Kiama , Sydney Acappella Festivals 1997, 98, 99, 2001, Darling Harbour events, The Basement, Soup Plus and many corporate functions.

    Blues Point are also on Musica Viva’s roster of artists and have done many regional tours including North Qld, NSW North Coast, and Tasmania.

    The group has recorded 2 CD’s – Self titled Blues Point was released in 1997 and ‘Together’, featuring 4 tracks with the Dan Barnett big band released in 2004.

    This group mixes jazz vocal harmony with a walking bass and loads of humour!

    NOT TO BE MISSED….

    Genre – Jazz Standards / Pop / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Tom Vincent Septet (TAS)

    Wednesday 15th October 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED – PARIS CAT DEBUT!

    Tom Vincent is coming back to Melbourne to perform at the Paris Cat! This time he is bringing his drummer from Hobart with him, Alf Jackson and teaming up with five of the best jazz musicians in Melbourne. This will be a very exciting concert of all new material Tom has composed and arranged for this Septet thanks to funding from Arts Tasmania. Don’t miss these guys in action, LIVE!
    Julien Wilson – tenor sax, Steve Grant – trumpet, Phil Noy – alto sax, Ben Gillespie – trombone and vocals, Leigh Barker – double bass, Tom Vincent – piano, Alf Jackson – drums

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Swing

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    The New Impromptu Quartet feat. Eric McGrath

    Thursday 16th October 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT FOR SINGER-SONGWRITER ERIC MCGRATH

    Tonight’s billing sees The New Impromptu Quartet joined by Irish/Spanish singer-songwriter Eric McGrath for his debut 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

    Genre – Jazz / Bossa / Latin

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Cannonball Are Back!

    Friday 17th October 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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED….

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Sam Keevers’ América Do Sul featuring Jacqueline Gawler – (Early 7.30pm Show)

    Friday 17th October 2014

    PARIS CAT DEBUT…NOT TO BE MISSED…

    ‘One of the most pleasant surprises of the year comes from [Australia] and her name is Jacqueline Gawler…Her album is a delicious mix of beautiful ballads, world music, mature arrangements and powerful lyrics. Her voice ranges from delicate, almost childlike, to jazzy seductress…’ A Vida De Solteiro (lifestyle magazine), BRAZIL
    ‘Effortlessly fluid vocals….’The Age
    For nearly twenty years, esteemed Melbourne pianist Sam Keevers together with 2012 Freedman Fellowship Winner Christopher Hale (bass) and Ryan Menezes (drums) have enjoyed a long association through the legendary Melbourne latin-jazz group Los Cabrones – playing music from Cuba, New York and Puerto Rico. Drawing on influences from the Caribbean, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil, this trio will be joined for this special event by Jacqueline Gawler, an extraordinary singer, songwriter and percussionist who has spent time living and recording in Rio de Janeiro with some of Brazil’s finest musicians. A member of iconic award-winning vocal outfit Coco’s Lunch, Jacqueline’s debut solo album ‘Ambrosia’ reached the Top 20 in the KK Box charts in Asia with over 8 million subscribers. Expect to hear irresistible songs from ‘Ambrosia’, samba, bossa nova, cha cha and other fiery grooves that will ignite your senses!
    ‘A songwriter of intelligence, with a sense of poetry and a love of language…’ Ausjazz Blog

    www.jacquelinegawler.com

    www.samkeevers.com

    Jacqueline Gawler: Voice
    Sam Keevers: Piano
    Christopher Hale: Bass
    Ryan Menezis: Drums

    Genre – Indie Jazz / Brazilian / Latin

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Tamara Kuldin’s Dirty Martini Returns

    Saturday 18th October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK TAMARA KULDIN…

    Back from Europe, after 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 Eamon McNelis – Trumpet, Paul Williamson -Sax/Clarinet, Steve Paix – Piano, Frank Di Sario – Double Bass & Danny Farrugia – Drums….
    Plus as always a few naughty tales.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz with a tinge of Cabaret

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Saturday 18th October 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.”

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Soul / Swing / Modern Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ABUKA (SYD) PARIS CAT DEBUT

    Tuesday 21st October 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Brazilian soul-jazz project Abuka is known for its consistent rhythms and corrupted beats.

    Blending sounds of distant places, from the deep roots of Brazil’s kaleidoscopic regional rhythms to the cosmopolitan inner city jazz, Abuka leads the public to an exquisite and compelling rhythmic journey.

    Sharing the stage with Australia’s finest musicians as well as international artists, singer, songwriter Tiago De Lucca and multi-percussionist Sandro Bueno are the alchemists of Abuka’s essence.

    Abuka is now embarking on a tour beginning with Fusion Festival in Wagga Wagga before landing in Melbourne with a run of concerts in the city’s most sought-after venues.
    They’ll showcase music off their debut album “One Take” and a selection of the songs that influenced their music path.

    Abuka’s infused funky grooves have won the endorsement of the great Bill Summers and soul diva Shelby Johnson.

    Abuka presents original music delivering one of the most admirable and breathtaking performances on the Australian music scene.

    “They are fantastic!”
    Bill Summers (Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Madonna)

    “Well, yes I boarded the jet on time & went straight to the sound system to pop in the cd! Immediately Prince asked ‘What’s that?’ I was like ‘these are my new friends Abuka….Totally talented and fellow “tribemates”‘. After two songs I went to take it out…and he stopped me. Yep! I knew he would!!! Ha!”
    Shelby Johnson (The New Power Generation, Prince, Santana, D’Angelo)

    www.abukamusic.com

    www.facebook.com/Abukamusic

    Genre – Brazilian Soul Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    The Jack Earle Sextet

    Wednesday 22nd October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND..

    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!!!!

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk / Fusion / Swing / Bebop

    Show time – 9 pm $20


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    Jack Pantazis Group Are Back!

    Thursday 23rd October 2014

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

    Genre – Instrumental Jazz Fusion

    Show time – 9pm $15


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

    Friday 24th October 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…

    BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    The Randy Anderson

    Friday 24th October 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AND NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Hetty Kate & Nick Mulder Band

    Saturday 25th October 2014

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Straight-ahead / Swing / Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Brunswick Street to Bourbon Street [Early 7.30pm Show]

    Saturday 25th October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    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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    Josh Kelly Trio (Paris Cat Debut)

    Wednesday 29th October 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    Young accomplished saxophonist Josh Kelly (from Yellowbird and New Melbourne Jazz Band), performs this night only in the context of saxophone trio, exploring the music of Duke Ellington. The trio aims to strip back Ellington’s compositions to their bare bones and find out what is possible when arranging them for just saxophone, bass and drums. Can the power, intensity and force of Ellington’s big band writing be transmitted by just a trio?
    At only 22 years of age, Josh is quickly establishing himself as a unique voice on the alto saxophone in Melbourne. Do not miss your one and only chance to hear him perform the music of Duke Ellington in this fascinating context.

    For more information, see www.joshkellymusic.com

    Featuring:
    Josh Kelly – Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
    Oscar Neyland – Double Bass
    Joseph Batroney – Drum Kit

    Genre – Jazz / Bebop / Ellington

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    Los Cougarmen Are Back!!!

    Thursday 30th October 2014

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

    This Features:
    Vocals: Marcelo La Greca
    Trumpets: Adam Friedman and Tom Sly
    Trombone: Ash Richter
    Saxes: Chris Street, Stephen Byth and Nick McCusker
    Piano: Daniel Mougerman
    Guitar: Jonathan Skourletos
    Bass: Daniel Beinke
    Percussion: Salvador Persico
    Drum Kit: Cameron Sexton

    Genre – Jazz / Afro Cuban

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Anna Gilkison – (7.30pm Early Show)

    Friday 31st October 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

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

    Saturday 01st November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Brazilian Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $25


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    The Pacific Belles – Special 8pm Showtime

    Thursday 06th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

    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!

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – 1940’s Swing

    Show time – 8pm $15


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    Emma Hamilton (SYD)

    Friday 07th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK EMMA HAMILTON!….NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    “A great talent that needs to be heard!” – Tommy Emmanuel

    Since the release of her debut album “La Musique” (ABC/Universal) in 2011, Emma’s music has flourished and continued to make fans in high places. The inimitable Van Dyke Parks called the album “a triumph on so many levels!” and Molly Ringwald purchased her album after sharing the stage together for the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Emma and her brother Tom (who plays stunning piano, bass, drums and backing vocals) have embarked on a successful international touring career, having opened for the incredible Tommy Emmanuel throughout opera houses from Berlin to Russia. In 2013, the formidable pair sold out their first ever headlining tour in the Baltics, and were selected to perform their own shows in Hong Kong for the Adelaide Cabaret Roadshow. For those of you who have not yet seem Emma and her brother Tom perform, you will be delighted by their musical virtuosity on piano bass and drums, but moreover you will be transported by the jazzy French laments, and quirky original music. Emma is half French, and sings with a passion and authenticity that only a true native speaker can master. Her voice is raspy and sweet and the music will leave you wanting more!

    Genre – French Jazz / Pop

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    STRANGE WEATHER – PEARLY BLACK & the TOM WAITS SONGBOOK

    Friday 07th November 2014

    INTRODUCING…

    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.

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz / Cabaret

    Show time – 9.30pm $20


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    Julie Bailey returns to the Paris Cat with ‘Tenderness’

    Saturday 08th November 2014

    EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    WE WELCOME BACK JULIE BAILEY….NOT TO BE MISSED!!

    “Melbourne-based jazz vocalist, Julie Bailey, returns to The Paris Cat to perform her new show, ‘Tenderness’. 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. ‘Tenderness’ traverses 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 amid a stellar ensemble of players including jazz pianist and composer, Steve Sedergreen, Gianni Marinucci (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Evripides Evripidou (bass).”

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    ALINTA and the Jazz Emperors

    Saturday 08th November 2014

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

    ALINTA is a stunning and charismatic singer. She’s starred in many musicals such as West Side Story, Dusty Springfield and Mamma Mia! and just got awarded her second Greenroom award.

    The Jazz Emperors feature the superb rhythm section of pianist Kim Kellaart, bassist Tom Lee and drummer Darryn Farrugia. Each outstanding in their own right.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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

    Saturday 08th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…NOT TO BE MISSED!

    SPECIAL EARLY 5PM SHOW

    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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

    Genre – Jazz / Soul / Pop

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Mietta & Rosie Henshaw (SYD) Official Melb’ Album Launch

    Wednesday 12th November 2014

    DOUBLE BILL…NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

    INTRODUCING ROSIE HENSHAW (OFFICIAL MELB’ ALBUM LAUNCH) …
    You may have seen her wielding a Sitar & traipsing the globe with Australian band Old Man River, or donning an eccentric costume singing her lungs out as lead singer of Sydney party band The Bakery. Or groovin’ on a Cajon with songstress Ngaiire. ROSIE’s musical chameleon-like superpowers, over the years, have proven there to be no doubt that she has music oozing from every pore.

    With an upbringing spent between a boarding school in the Himalayas of India, the laid back shores of Australia & the fast paced buzz of Hong Kong, Rosie Henshaw has always been surrounded by eclectic sounds. These have been a large influence in her life, and given her the opportunity to pick up many interesting instruments along the way.

    This year started off with a bang for Rosie, with the release of her debut album Rosie & The Bees, receiving them rave reviews. Rosie will be performing the OFFICIAL Melbourne launch of this album on Wednesday 12th November at the Paris Jazz Cat, on a double bill with her good friend and musical companion, Mietta.

    Rosie has also had a successful stint on The Voice Australia 2014 on team Kylie!

    Some of Rosie’s career highlights include the Spirit of Soul Festival in Sydney, several shows at Parramasala, a festival of South Asian Arts in NSW, and in 2012 she was invited to play a headline spot at Takatsuki Jazz Festival in Osaka Japan, as part of her debut solo tour.

    WE WELCOME BACK PARIS CAT FAVOURITE…MIETTA!!
    Is MIETTA Australian music’s best kept secret?

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

    Her intriguing blend of styles- Flamenco, Jazz, Brazilian, Soul, Funk and Blues really set her apart. Delivered by MIETTA’S exquisite vocals, her beautiful, original music will take you on an uncharted journey across the globe.

    (Already heard by listeners to ABC Radio’s evening program.)

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

    Genre – Jazz / Flamenco / Brazilian / Soul / Funk / Blues

    Show time – 9pm $25


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    ‘The Songs of Joni and Rainee’ – Feat: Rainee Lyleson (SYD)

    Thursday 13th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…. RAINEE LYLESON

    Sydney based singer-songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist Rainee has been touring her acclaimed one-woman show about Joni Mitchell for the past two years. Rainee brings you two shows in one: the first half of the evening will be Rainee as Joni with a selection of her favourite Joni Mitchell songs and stories, the second half with be Rainee sharing her own original music. This will be Rainee’s third appearance at Paris Cat but her first time as an original artist. Rainee launches her debut, self-titled EP this November in Sydney.

    Described as having an “essence, purity and depth beyond her years”. Her influences range from Jazz to Soul and Folk; the resulting music combines Rainee’s soft spot for simple vintage sounds with her love for modern improvisation. Rainee delivers a unique experience that few artists are capable of: skill, authenticity and connection.

    “Rainee subtly inveigles herself in your consciousness through the purity of her voice and the seemingly simple yet penetrative insights of her original lyrics.” – Jack Peck, Word In Hand

     

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Folk

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Elly Hoyt – Groovin’ High

    Friday 14th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK ELLY HOYT…NOT TO BE MISSED!

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

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

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz / Blues / Soul

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir – 7.30pm Early Show

    Friday 14th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND & 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.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Argentinian Tango

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Fem Belling Quintet

    Saturday 15th November 2014

    WELCOME BACK FEM BELLING…

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

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9.30pm $25


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    Duo Tone Divas with Bob Sedergreen – Special 5pm showtime

    Saturday 15th November 2014

    TOTALLY NEW TO THE PARIS CAT…SPECIAL 5PM SHOWTIME

    Duo Tone Divas
    These two vocalists are part of Melbourne’s performing folk lore.
    Jacki Gaudion and Kerri Simpson, both sing gospel, blues and soul with seamless authority.
    Contrast Jacki’s husky, soulful and demure approach with the deep passionate and gutsy delivery of Kerri, both backed up on piano by Melbourne jazz piano legend Bob Sedergreen
    One special early show on Saturday November 15 at 5.00-6.15pm

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Jess Young

    Wednesday 19th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK….

    Jess is a powerful and talented singer from Melbourne, Australia who has recorded and is currently working with Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director, James Pearson. She worked previously in New York on tracks that feature on her record with jazz legends George Coleman, Russell Malone, and Harold Mabern.

    Truly unique and versatile, Jess draws on her diverse background of opera, jazz, neo-soul and blues to offer a fresh contemporary style that has played well to audiences and garnered strong critical response.

    Jess’s multi-octave voice and wide range of vocal influences has contributed to a sound that is both familiar and remarkably fresh. A little bit Sade, a lot Billie Holiday, a dash of Janis Joplin – these are all comparisons which have been made in recent months. The end result is a wonderful and dynamic sound that is uniquely “JESS”.

    Piano: Steve Grant
    Bass: Phil Rex

     

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Jude Perl Is Back!

    Thursday 20th November 2014

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Singer/songwriter/pianist Jude Perl returns to her hometown Melbourne, after spending the last several months living in Los Angeles recording her debut album with grammy award winning producer Brian Paturalski (Outkast) and performing solo shows around the city at venues such as The Hotel Cafe & House Of Blues. Earlier in 2014, Jude was also a part of the highly acclaimed show “Let’s Get It On – The Life & Music Of Marvin Gaye” at the Atheneaum Theatre in Melbourne.

    Her homecoming show at The Paris Cat will feature original material off her EP and soon to be released debut album as well as brand new original material and some of her favourite R&B, Samba and Soul covers. And of course, no Jude Perl show would be complete without her unique brand of silliness. Joining her for several songs are very special guests vocalist and drummer Nick Karasavvidis and bassist Timur Togacay.

    Get tickets early! This is going to be a fabulous night of music, grooves, laughter and joy!

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Pop / Jazz / Funk

    Show time – 9pm $20


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    Anea Duratovic Quintet – (Perth) Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 21st November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    For a jazz vocalist of so few years, Anea Duratovic has achieved many milestones in her career. Having performed internationally in New York City, Croatia and Indonesia, Anea has become known for her rich tone, melodic delivery and subtle lyrical sense.

    Anea made her name featuring with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) from 2011-2013, where she performed regularly around Perth and Australia. Anea graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011, and is now currently undertaking post-graduate study at the same institution.

    Domestically, Anea has performed in the Perth International Jazz Festival, Sydney’s Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and Noosa Jazz Festival and in April 2014, completed a successful tour of Melbourne showcasing her own original compositions.

    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 and 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 Ensemble.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Emma Gilmartin Quartet – Early 7.30pm show

    Saturday 22nd November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Emma Gilmartin has gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented jazz vocalists. Her voice is undeniably beautiful with “a crystalline purity of vibrato-less tone and flawless pitch” (Leon Gettler, The Age Green Guide). Her treatment of jazz standards is undeniably unique, both enchanting and defiant, and has the ability to both restore and recast the work in a new light.

    Joining her will be guitarist James Sherlock, bassist Frank DiSario and drummer Danny Fischer.

    Come and enjoy these musical friends reinvent the standards and take an adventure into new works…

    ‘There is a lightness of being in the voice … a voice [that] must be listened to as well as heard.’ Michael Foster, Canberra Times.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Duo Tone Divas with Bob Sedergreen – Special 5pm Showtime

    Saturday 22nd November 2014

    TOTALLY NEW TO THE PARIS CAT…SPECIAL 5PM SHOWTIME

    Duo Tone Divas
    These two vocalists are part of Melbourne’s performing folklore,
    Margie Lou Dyer and Dana Jowsey. These two eclectics are as different as chalk and cheese.
    Checkout the gritty jazz stomps and grooves of Margie Lou contrasted by Dana, the smooth princess of pitch, both backed up on piano by Melbourne jazz piano legend Bob Sedergreen
    One special early show 0n Saturday November 22 at 5pm-6.15pm

    NOT TO BE MISSED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    Vanessa Fernandez

    Wednesday 26th November 2014

    WE WELCOME BACK…

    Vanessa Fernandez skilfully weaves a distinct understanding of melody with a vocal tone that is altogether delightful in its depth and originality. She will perform with a two piece, the accomplished double bassist Ben Robertson and the uniquely talented guitarist Hugh Stuckey. This emotionally compelling performance will bring to life the history and placement of pieces by Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, recalling their time and place in music history. A night of love and authenticity, an emotive spectrum not to be missed!

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

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    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 9pm $15


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    RE-IMAGINING PEGGY LEE – Early 7.30pm Show

    Friday 28th November 2014

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…

    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

    BOOKING STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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    Alma Mater Are Back!! – Special Early 5pm Showtime

    Saturday 29th November 2014

    SPECIAL EARLY 5PM SHOWTIME….NOT TO BE MISSED….

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

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

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

    Following the group’s recent launch with a series of shows at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne’s CBD, Alma Mater have taken to Melbourne’s cosiest hideaways and top music venues.

    Travel back in time with Alma Mater, into a world where delicate beauty and unrefined passion walk hand-in-hand down the snaking corridors of an antique city.

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Portuguese Fado / Brazilian Modihna

    Show time – 5pm $20


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    “Olivia Chindamo Quintet” -EARLY 7.30PM SHOW

    Saturday 29th November 2014

    Australian vocalist, Olivia Chindamo is a Melbourne based musician who is best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or “scat”. Her recent win of the Generations In Jazz Vocal Scholarship at James Morrison’s GIJ Festival ’14 has brought her voice into the spotlight, making her one of Melbourne’s most sought after jazz vocalists. She has since performed numerous sold-out shows, including her Sydney debut with none other than James Morrison himself.

    Often compared to a horn player, at 22 she has already earned the respect of many of her peers and has performed on stages of all sizes, including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Basement (Sydney), Uptown Jazz Cafe, The Paris Cat and Melbourne’s iconic Hamer Hall. Olivia has studied locally and overseas in both Italy and New York where she met and received high commendations from jazz greats such as John Taylor (UK), Diana Torto (ITA), La Tanya Hall (USA), Hilary Kole (USA) and Sheila Jordan (USA).

    Her understanding of harmony is second nature and makes each of her performances uniquely rich and spontaneous.

    Line up TBC…

    BOOKINGS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED…

    Genre – Swingin’ Jazz

    Show time – 7.30pm $20


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