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Lovely day at Manly Beach

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Manly Jazz Festival last weekend for some swingin' jazz & blues on the beach. It was a beautiful and warm Spring day and we were so delighted to perform our music to a crowd of about 1500 strong. Join us for our next show which is coming up at The Basement on Saturday Nov 12th. A great evening for dinner & show at Sydney's iconic Jazz & Blues venue. More details and bookings available here

Frances xx

Ps. If you'd like to keep in touch or know more about our upcoming shows, please visit the contact page here to sign up to our mailing list or send me a message.

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Manly Jazz Festival Sunday 2nd Oct

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Manly Jazz Festival Sunday 2nd Oct

Last Wednesday night we had a wonderful time doing the support show for the incredibly talented Gregory Porter at The Basement -- thank you for having us!

This coming Sunday 2nd October we hope to see you at Manly Jazz Festival! The full band and I will be performing on the John Speight Stage (Manly Corso) from 3.30-4.30pm. Come along for a beautiful day of jazz & blues on the beach.

See you there,

Frances xx

 

 

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Thank you Devonport

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Thank you Devonport

I've just spent a wonderful week in chilly Tasmania having a great adventure. For the first few nights I stayed with some family friends in a lovely suburb called Flowerpot where the locals grow their own produce, make their own cheeses and create their own delicious honey. 

I met with the band on Wednesday for rehearsal -- such a talented bunch they didn't take long to get all the parts! It was also great to chat on ABC Hobart about the upcoming shows. (See also some local press here).

We then road-tripped through the beautiful Tasmanian countryside to get to the Devonport Jazz Festival. And what a couple of wonderful shows! Saturday night we performed at the Devonport Entertainment Centre, and Sunday the beautiful waterfront venue The Wharf in Ulverstone to close the festival. The audience and community were so welcoming and appreciative, and the festival had an overall exciting and warm feeling. 

Thanks to the wonderful musicians in the band: Audrey and Rosalia Lonergan (backing vocals), Nick Parish (guitar), Hamish Houston (bass), Matt Ives (drums) and Al Dobson (sax).

Some photos included below. I had a wonderful time, and hope to be back in Devonport again soon! 

Frances xx

Thanks to Kelly Slater, Pete Jermy and Devonport Jazz Festival for the photos.

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Devonport Jazz Festival

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Devonport Jazz Festival

I'll be heading down to Tasmania at the end of July for two performances at the Devonport Jazz Festival. This will be my first time at the festival so naturally I'm very excited about it. Actually, it will be my first visit to Tasmania so I’m also really looking forward to travelling around as well.  

We’ll be doing two performances at the festival. One is at Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre on the Saturday afternoon and the other will be at The Wharf on Sunday evening to close out the festival. You can find more information about the shows at the links below.

Hope to see you there!

Frances xx

Sat 30th July, 3-5pm @ Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre

Sun 31st July, 7.30-10pm @ The Wharf, Ulverstone

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Great to be back home!

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Great to be back home!

Thank you to everyone who came along for our Jazz, Blues & Classics show last Saturday night at our 'home club' Foundry 616. It was so much fun to perform and share a great evening of music with you. Here are a few shots from the evening below. (Thanks to our friends Maxwell and Greg for these!)

We hope to see you at another show soon. For our next Sydney show in the book, we'll be back at The Basement on Saturday Nov 12th. In between now and then I'll be travelling to Melbourne and Tasmania for shows at the Paris Cat, Box Hill, and the Devonport Jazz Festival, so if you're based interstate please do come along for a great evening. You can find more information on the gigs page here.  

If you'd like to keep in touch, don't forget to drop me a note or sign up to the mailing list on the Connect page.

Best, Frances xx

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Mother's Day Live Video

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Mother's Day Live Video

Most countries around the world will celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday. When she comes along to my shows, there is one song my mum always (!!) requests as an encore . . . Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Please feel free to send this little something on to the mothers in your life. Recorded live at The Basement in Sydney earlier this year, it also has a lovely intro by Jason Bruer on saxophone. 

If you like it, please 'like it'. But if you love it, please 'share it', especially with mums.

Frances xx

Ps. For our Sydney friends, we'd love to see you at our next show coming up at Foundry 616 on Saturday June 4th. More information and bookings available here

You can purchase the song on iTunes here, and also on GooglePlay here

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Bird's Basement

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Bird's Basement

Thank you to everyone who came along last week to our show at the brand new club, Bird's Basement in Melbourne. What a great gig! We had a wonderful time and look forward to coming back down soon. 

Our next show with the band will be at our favourite home club Foundry 616 here in Sydney. We're going to have a few special guests on stage this time, it will be an exciting and intimate show. Tickets are already available here, and early bookings are highly recommended. We hope to see you there!

I'll be heading to Rockhampton next week to perform with the beautiful songwriter/artist, Jasmine Rae. And I'm very excited to also be finalising some plans for a debut trip to Tasmania later in the year, to perform at the Devonport Jazz Festival. 

See you soon,

Frances xx

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Photo @ Bird's Basement, April 2016. Band: Frances Madden (piano/vocals), Jason Bruer (tenor sax), Tim Geldens (drums), Gianni Marrinucci (trumpet), Tom Lee (bass), James Sherlock (guitar), Harriett Allcroft (backing vocals).

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Thank you!

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Thank you!

Thank you to all who came along to our show on Saturday night, 19th March, at The Basement. It was a wonderful evening with a very receptive and full house. We had so much fun performing and playing some of our new tunes for you. Here are a few photos of the night to enjoy. 

We'll be performing again very soon, please do stay in touch via the mailing list here

Frances xx

Ps. Melbournites, we are coming to see you! We'll be playing at Bird's Basement on Wed 6th April. Click here for more details. 

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News & upcoming shows

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News & upcoming shows

I'm very excited to be heading down to Melbourne to perform at the city's newest jazz club, Bird's Basement, on Wed 6th April. The band (a hybrid of some of Sydney & Melbourne's best jazz musicians!) and I will be doing two shows -- one dinner and one supper. We hope you can join us for our debut show there and what will be a great evening. You can find more info on their website here

At the moment I'm working in collaboration with the lovely & talented Sylvia Huang, @Ohsunnymornings on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to host a competition to win an album or a GA pass to my upcoming show at The Basement on 19th March. Like my Facebook page to enter automatically! See the competition here.

Last but not least I hope to see you at our next show coming up very soon at The Basement on Saturday 19th March. We'll be doing our unique mix of jazz, blues & classics, and I'm also excited to be debuting a couple of original tunes for you. One is a light swingin' jazz number reminiscent of the 50s, and the other a brooding blues number from a previous life in Chicago City :-) 

Go here for more information on our upcoming Basement show. 

Till then,

Frances xx

 

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Thank you & save the date

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Thank you & save the date

Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season and New Year. Thank you so much for all your support this past year and we look forward to performing for you again soon. Our next major public show will be on Saturday March 19th at The Basement. We'll have the full band and will be debuting some new tunes, we promise a wonderful evening! For more information and bookings, go here.

Photos below from our last show for the year at Foundry 616, on Dec 18th. Photography by David Vagg.


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Last show for 2015!

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Last show for 2015!

Dear friends, 

It's been such a great year and the band and I have enjoyed every moment shared with you! Please do come along to our last public show for the year at our favourite home club, Foundry 616 in Ultimo. It will be an intimate and enjoyable concert with our usual mixture of vocal jazz, blues, & ballads, and the debut of a new original Xmas tune. Book now for dinner & show or just the show.

We hope to see you there!!

Frances xx

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Great night at The Basement

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Great night at The Basement

We had an amazing night at The Basement last night, Sat 17th October. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it that way. Here are a few photos below, provided by David Vagg (unless otherwise noted). And a lovely note below the photos from Dom the owner who was there for the show.

Frances is one of Australia's most exciting young entertainers. She brought a capacity crowd into The Basement and every person in the house loved her special mix of jazz, blues and classics. Catch her in Australia before she gets taken off to USA or Europe!

Dominique Robinson, Co-owner, The Basement Sydney

 

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The Basement Sat 17th Oct

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The Basement Sat 17th Oct

We're looking forward to our upcoming show at The Basement on Saturday October 17th. We'll be doing our usual mixture of vocal jazz sprinkled with blues, bossa and Bacharach. Originals and timeless covers. Come for dinner and the show from 7.30pm, or just for the show from 9pm. 

This time out the band will feature renown Sydney musician Jason Bruer on sax and Tim Rollinson from D.I.G on guitar. Tickets available here

Look forward to seeing you there! 

Frances x

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See you soon, Melbourne!

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See you soon, Melbourne!

Only a few sleeps to go till we head down to the beautiful city of Melbourne for our first 'mini-tour'. We'll be playing three gigs at some of the city's nicest and most intimate jazz clubs -- see details below.  I've been chatting live with the wonderful presenters at PBS Radio, Box Hill Community Radio, 3MBS, Joy FM, JazzcoRadio and others, and it's so great to have their support. We hope to see lots of both familiar and new faces at our gigs, including you! :-)

  • Thursday 24th Sept: DIZZY’s JAZZ CLUB. Bookings on (03) 9428 1233 & more information here
  • Friday 25th Sept: THE BOITE World Music Café / Box Hill Community Arts Centre. More details on the website here. Bookings on 03 9417 1983 or here
  • Saturday 26th Sept: PARIS CAT JAZZ CLUB. [Sold out!] 

There are still a few seats & tickets left for our Thursday night show at Dizzy's Jazz Club, at which you can come along for dinner as well as the show. Or join us for The Boite World Music Cafe where there will be art, refreshments and wine to enjoy before the show begins at 8pm. Do call ahead to book and reserve seating.

(NB: Our Paris Cat show is sold out, but if you get there early on the night you might be able to steal one of the 10 standing tickets available at the door...)  

We are so excited...See you there! 

Frances x

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Thanks & Pics from Foundry

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Thanks & Pics from Foundry

The band recently had a wonderful night at one of our favourite jazz clubs, Foundry 616 in Ultimo. Thanks so much to the wonderful audience who joined us, we had so much fun. Some photos of the evening to enjoy (click to scroll).

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Upcoming Gigs...

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Upcoming Gigs...

Feel like seeing some live jazz & foot-tapping swing? We have some really exciting gigs coming up and would love to see you there. Fine Music 102.5's Anniversary broadcast from Town Hall in July, Foundry 616 in August, and The Basement in October...see inside for details. 

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Save the Date

Save the Date

Frances and the band are performing at Foundry 616 at Ultimo on Saturday April 25th. Join them for a great night of original music and classics, with a delicious food & beverage menu also available. Dinner from 6.30pm, show from 8pm.

Bookings are recommended on the website here. Book ahead for general standing admission, or book for dinner & show to ensure a table.

The Basement is back!

The Basement is back!

Frances Madden kicked off the evening's entertainment with a sultry jazz performance, showcasing her unique style and charm... Lisa Hollinshead from Sydney Social 101.

The evening of Feb 25th saw Sydney's oldest music venue The Basement reopen its doors after several months of refurbishment. Frances and the band opened the evening, followed by Nathaniel, and the Veronicas amongst others. Enjoy some photos of the evening by Chris Frape...


Concert at Currimundi

Concert at Currimundi

Frances recently performed a concert in Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast. It was a lovely atmospheric outdoor venue at night, right near the beach with lots of families enjoying the music. Enjoy some photos of the night...