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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
Aug 8 - Alastair Kerr Quartet at the Paris Cat
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
July 28 - Hermeto Magnetico launch

Upcoming Gigs

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Aug 8 - Alastair Kerr Quartet at the Paris Cat

Wednesday, Aug 8, 8:30pm

Alastair Kerr Quartet at Paris Cat

featuring Paul Williamson

The Alastair Kerr Quartet returns to the Paris Cat Jazz Club.  New works from this great band, with influences from Cuba and Brazil.  More details and online sales here.  Paul Williamson, one of Australia's leading jazz performers and educators, joins this new edition of the quartet, alongside the exciting young talents of Daniel Mougerman (piano), and Jordan Tarento (bass).

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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

 

 

 

July 28 - Hermeto Magnetico launch

Hermeto Magnetico - launch

July 28, 8pm Jazz Lab

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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’.  Online tickets and details here.