Doncha Go Way Mad
Madeline Kole is a vocalist, bassist, and bandleader. She has made music her full time career since 1975. Madeline started playing guitar and singing when she was 10 years old. From her earliest days she knew she wanted to be a musician.. Her father used to shuttle her to her very first gigs at bowling alleys, restaurants, and local venues. When she was 14 she switched to electric bass. This is when she found her niche........ BOTH SINGING AND PLAYING standards. The songs of the Great American Songbook became the focus of her attention and talent and attention. While she was in college, she began a very successful freelance career....doing upscale "club dates" in NYC . Working for just about every popular music office in the city...Lester Lanin, Jerry Kravat, Bob Zottola, Roy Gerson, Gerard Carelli, Peter Duchin, Paul Errico, Bruce Bonvissuto, and Tony Monte.....she is sought after as a specialist in American popular song. In the 1980s she began a long, and productive association with pianist/composer Richie Iacona . Madeline recorded two albums with his BAD LITTLE BIG BAND as the featured vocalist. PAINTER OF DREAMS, and A LONG WAY TO GO. Received rave reviews in DOWNBEAT, JAZZ TIMES, AND MODERN VOCALIST magazines. In the 1990s Madeline Kole recorded an album in tribute to the composer Cole Porter...KOLE SINGS COLE. As a bassist, Madeline has played for many wonderful performers and musicians. Bobby Rydell, George Burns, John Pizzarelli, Ann Hampton Callaway, Mary Clare Heron, Julie Budd, George Benson, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Warren Vache, Liz Callaway. Also, Madeline plays bass on A SWINGIN' AFFAIR.with Tony Babino, and ARLEN PLAYS ARLEN, with Sam Arlen (son of Harold Arlen)... Madeline has just completed her latest recording, DON'CHA GO 'WAY MAD...which is a collection of 14 of her favorite standards. She is accompanied by the finest musicians around, Richie Iacona (piano), Mike Hall (acoustic bass), Tony Tedesco (drums), Ron Afif (guitar), Paul Meyers (guitar), Madeline Kole (fender bass and vocals) 'Now here is a CD that's good, clean fun. It's good for sure. 'Clean' is the best adjective I can come up with to describe Madeline Kole's voice. And it sure is fun to hear. Madeline has a refreshing, enormously musical voice that is unadorned, unpretentious and especially legato. Her intonation is wonderful, with high notes especially clear and flute-like. There's no showing off. Most of the time, the tones are pure and exceptionally sweet, except when she varies that for effect. Her approach to singing, using her voice as an instrumentalist does, makes perfect sense: she is an instrumentalist as well. She plays bass. Madeline has spent part of her career as a bass player, part as a vocalist, and now she does both' Talkin Broadway.