THE Paris Cat Jazz Club at 6 Goldie Place in downtown Melbourne has an established tradition of presenting great jazz performers, both local and overseas. Here’s a taste of what’s on in the next couple of months. The shows start at either 9.00 or 9.30pm. Booking is available on line at their website pariscat.com.au. Phone for more info: 9642 4711.
Saturday January 21: The Sonja Horbelt Quintet featuring Nina Ferro and Kellie Santin
Sonja is often a sideperson in other ensembles, but this group features Sonja’s originals and reunites her with long time collaborators Kellie Santin (recently returned from London) and Nina Ferro (on a fleeting visit from London). Completing the line up are the ever astonishing Bob Sedergreen on piano and in demand bassist Kim May.
Friday January 27: Nichaud Fitzgibbon Quartet
Regarded as Melbourne’s finest jazz stylist, Nichaud will be mixing it up with a bit of swing,Bossa, Blues and Grooves. Melbourne is one of the great musical cities and Nichaud is one of its treasures.
Saturday 4 February: Julie O’Hara Quintet
Julie O’Hara has established herself as one of Australia’s finest female jazz vocalists. This wonderful performer and Paris Cat favorite is the perfect Saturday night jazz act. Her quintet will feature some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians.
Saturday 11 February: Irwell Street featuring Hetty Kate and Sam Lemann
After a recent sold out CD launch of Irwell Street’s second album, Hetty Kate and Sam Lemann are back with their swinging string quartet. The 2011 release “11:60pm”, a collection of songs made famous by Rosemary Clooney, Flanagan and Allen, Bing Crosby, Django Reinhardt and Billie Holiday. Featuring Andy Baylor (guitar/mandolin) and Leigh Barker (double bass) you can expect island rhythms, up-tempo swing tunes, sassy blues and beautiful ballads from their new record and their first release ‘A Late Brunch On Irwell Street’.
Heather Stewart is a rare breed of musician. She returns by popular demand to perform at the Paris Cat. Heather has a huge voice and is an immensely talented violinist. Her Billie Holiday tribute show has established Heather as a club favorite with 3 sell out shows this year. Heather and her wonderful band return for another memorable evening.