september, 2018

15sep(sep 15)8:30 pmHetty Kate sings Johnny Mercer (Melbourne, Vic)8:30 pm AEST Paris Cat Jazz Club, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000


Event Details

Show 1 (of 2) celebrating two of the most prolific and awarded lyricists of the Great American Songbook

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Spend a musical evening with Hetty Kate as she sings Johnny Mercer’s lyrics from a selection of his best-loved, and some more unusual, works. A must for lovers of The Great American Songbook and those with a penchant for lyrics, stories, and poetry.

“It takes more talent to write music, but it takes more courage to write lyrics” Johnny Mercer.

Johnny Mercer, born in Georgia USA during 1909, was one of the most prolific Tin Pan Alley lyricists of his time. With an impressive catalog of work containing more than 1500 songs, Mercer’s sophisticated wit and relatable vernacular painted lush vignettes of love, loss and the human condition which are still enjoyed and celebrated today. The recipient of nineteen Academy Award nominations, Mercer’s talent was built within New York revues before finally finding it’s place in Hollywood. Alongside much collaboration with composers (Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen), Mercer wrote English lyrics to foreign songs (Autumn Leaves) and was often called to give words to instrumental compositions (Midnight Sun, Satin Doll).

Now based in Paris, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate has been credited with having a ‘natural musicality’ and being ‘truly one of the best swing singers on the current scene’. A true storyteller and with a recognizable style and effortless voice, Hetty has released eight albums, has performed with Simon Tedeschi, James Morrison and the MSO and regularly performs at festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. These two special Paris Cat shows celebrating Johnny Mercer and Dorothy Fields are part of her Australian tour for 2018.

“A stage presence only matched by the clarity of her voice” James Morrison

Johnny Mercer : Saturday 15 September
Dorothy Fields : Thursday 20 September


(Saturday) 8:30 pm AEST


Paris Cat Jazz Club

6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000