Alastair Kerr
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Alastair Kerr

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Diana May Clark & The Sunny Set - Sunny Daze (

The Alastair Kerr Quartet - The Ultimate Fate of... (

The Matt Boden Quartet - MB4 (

The New Sheiks - Sale Tax (

The New Sheiks

The Leigh Barker Quintet - Lynnville

The Leigh Barker Quintet - Off to Moruya

The Leigh Barker Quintet - The 2004 Sessions

Trio Agogo - The Story of Benjamin Constant (

Cocoa Jackson Lane - Hurry Up/Who is it

The Caledonians - The Place is Tomorrow


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Al McGrath-Kerr studied at the Canberra School of Music with legendary teacher Col Hoorweg. Now based in Melbourne, he leads his own group - the Alastair Kerr Quartet - who released their debut album, "The Ultimate Fate of..." in 2010. In 2012 Al started a new project - Panorama do Brasil - focusing on Brazilian-influenced jazz.

Al was a long-time member of the Leigh Barker Quintet and The New Sheiks, appearing on the albums The New Sheiks, The Sales Tax, Off to Moruya, and Lynnville. The New Sheiks' debut album won Best Traditional Jazz Recording at the 2011 Bell Awards. ( Al and Leigh can also be heard on Matt Boden's quartet album - MB4.

Alastair is recognised as one of Australia's best Brazilian drummers/percussionists. He is a member of Doug de Vries' Trio, and along with Doug and bassist Frank Di Sario, backs singer Diana Clark. Al also plays pandeiro with Sexteto Zona Sul, and Trio Agogo - Australia's premier choro trio - and has twice been acting-director of Australia's top bateria, MelSamba.

In the Jazz world Al has performed/recorded with: Dave Rex, Willow Nielson, Sarah McKenzie, Julien Wilson, James Annesley, Mark Fitzgibbon, Bernie McGann, Frock, Carrie Lakin, Tom Vincent, and Anthony Schulz.

Al has travelled to Brazil twice, studying with some of Brazil's best drummers and percussionists, and has also travelled to the US and Cuba to further his music education. He has recently completed his Masters degree in Brazilian drumming/percussion. Al is also on the committee of the Melbourne Jazz Co-op, and runs a private teaching practice.