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The Alastair Kerr Quartet

Al Kerr FrontCover WEBThe Alastair Kerr Quartet was formed in 2009, primarily as a vehicle for Kerr's compositions. A distinctly Australian sound, but clearly influenced by a love of Brazilian and Cuban music, the group’s sound combines a quirky harmonic sense and high level of group interaction. Underpinned by the responsive rhythm section of Kerr and Sam Zerna (bass), Marc Hannaford’s energetic and highly rhythmic work on piano spurs trumpeter Pat Thiele in his improvisations – alternatively angular and cascading – in a band that uses delicacy and space in equal measure with intense, driving grooves.

In 2010 the Quartet opened for Chucho Valdes at the Melbourne Recital centre, and this was followed by the release of their debut album The Ultimate Fate of... Buy the album here!

 

Upcoming Gigs
June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat
Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat
Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Upcoming Gigs

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June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat

Saturday, June 2, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

featuring Jacq Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler, one of Australia's best interpreters of Brazilian song, joins Panorama Brasil for a tour through the works of some of Brazil's greatest songwriters.  Music from Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Cartola, Djavan, and more.  Supported by Panorama Brasil - Australia's leading Brazilian-jazz ensemble, lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr.  These shows regularly sell-out - bookings strongly recommended.

 Jacqueline Gawler

Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat

Dany Maia Quintet at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

Friday May 25, 7pm

Dany Maia returns to the Paris Cat with her stellar band.  Joined by Daniel Mougerman (piano), Ben Carr (sax), Memo Beltzer (bass), and Al Kerr (drums), Dany brings incredible joy and energy to every performance.  Singing great songs from samba, bossa nova, MPB, and forro, Dany brings the spirit of Salvador da Bahia to Melbourne.  Bookings here.Dany Maia 1

 

 

 

Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Panorama Brasil presents:

The Afro Sambas

Featuring Alda Rezende

Following sold-out performances with Panorama Brasil in 2017, Alda Rezende returns to Australia in 2018 to perform Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes' Afro Sambas with Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat. From the Brazilian state of Belo Horizonte, Alda is one of the most distinctive and captivating voices to emerge from Brazil in recent years.

 

A virtuosic guitarist and genius composer, Baden Powell combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing, performing in many different styles, including bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and música popular brasileira. His album Os Afro-sambas is a masterpiece of post-Bossa Nova Brazil. Written with poet/lyricist Vinícius de Moraes, these compositions represent the breadth and beauty of Afro-Brazilian music — music central to the Brazilian identity.Melbourne-based ensemble 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. Lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr (a long-time student of Brazilian music, and one of Australia’s leading exponents of Brazilian percussion) Panorama Brasil explores the Afro roots that inspired Powell, bringing Afro-Brazilian drumming to the centre of this suite.

 

Tickets April 20

Tickets April 21

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