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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
The Afro Sambas Tour 2020 cancelled
Dany Maia - Kew Court House May 2
March 15 - Trio Agogo at Brunswick Green

Upcoming Gigs

Please click through the tabs for information on our upcoming gigs.

The Afro Sambas Tour 2020 cancelled

March/April 2020

Panorama Brasil and Alda Rezende

Os Afro Sambas - CANCELLED

The amazing Alda Rezende returns to Australia to perform Os Afro Sambas (The Afro Sambas) with Panorama Brasil.  The Afro Sambas are amongst the most important works of Brazilian music post-bossa nova.  You can see video here of Alda singing Berimbau in the studio with Panorama Brasil.

Saturday March 28 - Bar Maurocco, Castlemaine

Thursday April 2, 1pm - Monash University lunchtime concert. Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music auditorium.

Saturday April 4, 7pm & 9:30pm - Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne

Wednesday April 8 - Hedberg, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Thursday April 9 - Gnomon Pavilion, The Wharf, Ulverstone.

Dany Maia - Kew Court House May 2

Dany Maia Quintet at the Kew Court House

Saturday May 2, 8pm

 

Direct from Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, Dany Maia brings the authentic sounds of Brazilian music to Australian audiences. A multi-talented performer with an irrepressible stage presence, Dany reflects the cultural melting-pot in which she was born and raised.

 

Her music merges the classic bossa nova with jazz and samba tunes from Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. Showcasing an uplifting selection of Brazilian music, including songs by Tom Jobim, Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Elis Regina, this show is not to be missed!

 Information and tickets here.

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March 15 - Trio Agogo at Brunswick Green

Sunday March 15, 4-6pm

Trio Agogo at the Brunswick Green

The Agogos are back at the Brunswick Green for the summer, on the third Sunday of each month, Nov-March.  Two sets of high-energy choro with guests such as saxophonist Ben Carr and guitarist Max Rudd.  Adam May (7-string guitar and cavaco), Paul Carey (guitar) and Al Kerr (pandeiro).  313 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.  Free entry.