Theatre, jazz, movies.

Theatre, Jazz and Film: three performing arts genres to which Frances’ Follies aims to pay homage in a repertoire which embraces the work of some of America’s greatest composers. Inspired by the songs of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Kalmar & Ruby and many others, Frances’ Follies is a show based on the careers of such vocalists and classic movie stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Fanny Brice and Ruth Etting, stars whose rise to fame began on the boards of Broadway, Vaudeville theatre and the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s and 1930s.

With Frances'Follies & Strings, a new project, she draw from 1930's arrangements, ballads and novelties, written for voice and ukulele. She  pay homage to the jazz vocalists such as Annette Hanshaw and Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", who included in their repertoire hawaian songs, a typical exotic music very fashion among the jazz musicians in the Dixieland music.

Frances'Follies, offers different lineup:

Quintet, with piano, bass, sax/clarinet and drums.

Quartet, with piano, sax/clarinet and bass. Or sax, guitar and bass.

Trio, with guitar and bass. Or piano and bass.

Frances'Follies performs in the italian jazz clubs and restaurants, and it is also available for private parties, weddings, and birthday parties.

Francesca, vocals & ukulele, is also performing in a duo called the Blue Parrots, together with the bass player, vocalist and banjoist Flavia Ostini.

The name is inspired by early american folk, the songs of the Appalachian Mountains of the first three decades of the 20th century. Performing numbers ranging in style from 1920's to 1930's jazz to blues and swing, the Blue Parrots offer a personalized take on a repertorie which perfectly highlights the interplays setup between their vocal arrangements, and the various instruments they play. The audience is transported back in time on a journey of rediscovery of the value of an idiom rarely heard, but nevertheless extremely relevant.

Written by Administrator.