The Cats


Shimona – Vocals
Amanda Jones – Clarinet
Adam Russo – Guitar

If you’re looking to create the perfect soundtrack for your special event, you’ve come to the right place.

Shimona & The Cat’s Pyjamas is a fun-loving,¬†Melbourne-based vintage swing dance band. Playing the Greats from a bygone era, these cats will get you tapping and swinging all night long. And when it’s time to indulge in a little romance, we know just how to carve out moments that will last a lifetime.

Why are we “The Cat’s Pyjamas”?

Well, we are… you just have to
listen to our music to be convinced!
(Read on…)

Origin of the phrase “THE CAT’S PYJAMAS”
From Wiktionary:
A slang phrase coined by Thomas A. Dorgan. The phrase became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s, along with the bee’s knees, the cat’s whiskers (possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets). In the 1920s the word “cat” was used as a term to describe the unconventional flappers from the jazz era. This was combined with the word pyjamas (a relatively new women’s fashion in the 1920s) to form a phrase used to describe something that is the best at what it does, thus making it highly sought and desirable.

A report in the New York Times of a publicity stunt by an unknown woman in 1922, in which she paraded along 5th Avenue clad in yellow silk pajamas and accompanied by four cats similarly dressed, may indicate the phrase was already current by that date, as the “cat’s meow” certainly was.