Madame Pat Tandy – A Musical Bio

Pat Tandy was influenced early on by the music of the Baptist Church as she began singing in gospel groups and school choirs. She studied jazz with former Ellington bassist, Professor Aaron Bell at Essex County College in Newark. She went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Arts & Science with a focus on Music Education.

A native of Newark, NJ Pat has been singing professionally since the 1970′s including a long stint with the popular R&B recording group “The Pretenders” who had several minor hits on Carnival Records.

Pat has performed in off-Broadway musicals including “Good Time Blues” and “Billie” and portrayed Queen Evileen in the musical “Wiz” at NJPAC in Newark, NJ.

Madame Pat toured abroad and performed in Japan, Italy, and Switzerland and most recently, Russia.

Pat’s CD recordings include: “Our Day Will Come” Blue Lady Records, “Good Time Blues” EKTM Production, “All We Want To Do Is Swing” David Aaron Production. Her latest CD recording is a tribute to the late Irene Reid entitled, “Madame Pat Tandy remembers Irene Reid” on BlueArk Records released 2009. One of her featured signature songs is: “Big Fat Daddy” loved and requested by many.

Pat performs throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with her long-term accompanying musicians Radam Schwartz, Tommy Grice, and Gordon Lane.  She also performs with other bands or musicians.

Off-Broadway Productions:

  • Pat performed in “Raisin” (A Raisin In The Sun), presented at Theatre of Universal Images (TUI)in Newark, NJ, portraying a husky voiced nightclub singer.

  • Portraying Queen Evillene, Pat performed in two productions of “The Wiz” in 2001 at West Kinney High and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
  • Pat starred in the show “Good Time Blues,” a two-person musical with Genovis Albright (pianist/vocalist) presented at John Houseman Theatre in Manhattan. The musical opened November 2001 and ran successfully for six months. Produced and directed by Eric Krebs the show received rave reviews in New York Times, Time Out Magazine, Amsterdam News, and The New Voice Of New York and Playbill.  In 2002, Pat made “Good Time Blues” with Genovis Albright a CD recording of the entire musical.

  • In 2003 Pat starred in“Billie” at the La Mama Theatre in New York City portraying the lifestyle and songs of the late great Billie Holiday. The show was produced and directed by Roz Nixon of Great Women In Jazz Productions.

Featured Vocalist:

  • Pat joined the David Aaron Orchestra (18 piece big swing band) in 1998 (to the present) as featured vocalist, and performs with his smaller combos (trios, quartets, sextets), all around New Jersey. She was a featured vocalist on David Aaron’s CD “All We Want To Do Is Swing” in 2002.

Festivals & Events:

  • In 2005, at PSE&G Trenton Jazz Fest, Pat opened for Al Jarreau, Najee, and Yolanda Adams. She received glorified reviews for her outstanding stage performance.

  • Pat performed at the 2006 Inaugural Ball for Governor Elect Jon S. Corzine in Princeton, NJ.

International Stages:

  • Pat performs aboard the Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival Cruise Lines for “Bartlett’s Celebration At Sea” cruise tour group, cruising to the Caribbean Islands twice a year since 2000.
  • In September 2010, Madame Pat traveled to Japan for a five city tour with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band featuring: Bertha Hope-Piano, Fred Staten-Sax, Joey Morant-Trumpet, Michael Max Fleming-Bass, and John Cooksey-Drums. They performed to cheering audiences in 5 cities.

  • In December 2010, Madame Pat traveled to Italy where she performed in a Christmas Concert and tribute to George Gershwin and Cole Porter with a 17 piece Big Band conducted by Paolo Lepore. She then performed at parties throughout Italy in several clubs and restaurants with a trio: Vito Di Mondugno~organ, Carol Sudhalter~sax/flute, and Francesco Lamagistro~drums.

  • In December 2013, Pat toured Russia with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band.

Radio Interviews:

In 2010 Pat was interviewed On-The-Air with several radio station DJ’s including:

  • WHPK-FM – Chicago, IL “What Is This Thing Called Jazz” by DJ L.A. Emenari, III (Nov. 1, 2010 with continued airplay to present date)
  • WWFM-FM 89.1- JazzOn2 –Trenton, NJ (Nov. 11, 2010)
  • WRTI-FM 90.1— Philadelphia, PA (Nov. 12, 2010)