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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.  The first edition of this quartet was underpinned by the responsive rhythm section of Kerr and Sam Zerna (bass), with Marc Hannaford’s energetic and highly rhythmic work on piano spurring on 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 2017 Alastair launched the new edition of this group, with the exciting young talents of Stephen Byth (sax), Daniel Mougerman (piano), and Jordan Tarento (bass).  Following Byth's move to Boston to undertake his Masters at Berklee, trumpeter Paul Williamson joined the group.

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
Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio Nov 3
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
Nov 2 - Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

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Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio Nov 3

Saturday Nov 3, 5:30pm

Hermeto Magnetico at Open Studio

Hermeto Magnético is an octet dedicated to uncovering the repertoire of the legendary Brazilian virtuoso Hermeto Pascoal, whose music ranges from an eclectic mix of popular Brazilian music influences to improvisation, jazz, and classical, and who is known for a musical creativity that goes beyond conventions as it is 'neither jazz, nor bossa nova, nor samba’.  Join us for the early set (5:30pm) at Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote.  Tickets at the door

 

 

 

Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos

Dany Maia Quintet at Vamos

Fridays from 7:30pm

Dany Maia brings the best of Brazil to Vamos every Friday night.  Joined by her stellar band, 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.  Level 1, 37 Little Bourke St.Dany Maia 1

 

 

 

Nov 2 - Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat

Friday Nov 2, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat Jazz Club

Featuring Jacqueline Gawler

Panorama Brasil return to the Paris Cat for a night of great Brazilian song, featuring one of Australia's leading jazz vocalists, Jacqueline Gawler.  Songs from Jobim, Cartola, Nascimento, Djavan and more.  Bookings recommended - book online here.

Jacqueline Gawler