Bio

Patsy Monteleone began his career in music at age 3 when he stood up on the bar at a tavern in New York’s Little Italy and sang Neapolitan love songs for his paisans. Patrons would throw him nickels and dimes. Once, a miserly elder tossed Patsy a quarter (a lot of money for the old cheapskate), which prompted gasps of amazement among the bar crowd.

The first instrument he attempted to play (after discovering his singing voice as a mere baby) was a toy xylophone on which he would figure out melodies and harmonies while noodling along with tunes on the radio. At home, Patsy’s dad played classical and opera recordings, his mom listened to the likes of Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and his older sister often played show tune soundtracks and 1950s and 1960s rock/pop. His older cousins were amazing streetwise doo-wop singers in Brooklyn, and Patsy honed his harmonies jamming with these talented relatives. He began playing guitar as a teenager, figuring out chords and songs on a big old plywood dreadnought. He sought out smaller and smaller instruments until at last he discovered the ukulele and began strumming this littlest guitar relative instead. Patsy has been faithful to the uke ever since.

Patsy plays and sings hundreds of his own arrangements of songs from great 20th Century writers such as Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington. But that’s not all: any of Patsy’s musical sets is likely to include a mix of cowboy songs, novelties, blues, Tin Pan Alley favorites, ’50s pop ballads, show tunes, old-timey, folk, Hawaiian numbers, originals, and early rock & roll. You’ll never know what combination of songs Patsy is liable to play next. He particularly goes for obscure tunes that he believes got overlooked in their own time. Feel free to sample a small bit of Patsy’s huge playlist by following the link to the Box.com music hosting site located at the top of Patsy’s main blog page.

Patsy has contributed his vocal and ukulele talents to concerts, festivals, cabarets, nightclubs, saloons, coffee houses, school houses, meeting houses, old-people’s houses, front porches, charity benefits, company functions, campfires, beach bingos, tiki bars, holiday bashes, boat rides, subway platforms, radio shows, television shows, Internet shows, and public and private affairs of all kinds. In the 1990s he performed a number of successful solo shows at the cabaret club Don’t Tell Mama in Midtown Manhattan, and he has appeared at the Duplex in Greenwich Village, as well as at other clubs and venues in New Jersey, the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, other parts of the eastern and midwestern US, and in the UK.

His voice is a mixture of Dean Martin, Al Bowlly, and Bing Crosby, with a little Nat Cole thrown in for added smoothness. Patsy has been called “The Perfesser” and “The Walking Jukebox,” mainly because he knows so many songs. Even he has no idea how many! This makes him great to have at parties (hint, hint). Someone once labeled Patsy the “George Van Eps” of the ukulele, because of his easy-sounding, fluent playing manner. In actuality, Patsy is a self-taught musician who doesn’t read music much but who has a natural stage attitude, superb singing voice, and unique ukulele style that delights audiences of all kinds.

Patsy lives in the historic New Deal town of Roosevelt, NJ, with his artist wife, Heidi A. Monteleone, and their two dogs and four cats.

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6 responses

4 02 2011
John Birsner

So happy to find your site! I too enjoy older obscure tunes and you will be a great help in working up songs for us. John Birsner, High Desert Ukulele Club

5 02 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Thanks for getting in touch, John!

19 03 2011
Simon

I was referred on to your site and present project through Uke Hunt and just wanted to say I’m really enjoying your recordings so far. Great stuff. I am a 25 year old relatively new Uke player from Ireland so its good to see the array of tunes that can be performed on the uke so sucessfully! I picked it up because I wanted an instrument to accompany myself on a few songs and now I just wish I had started years ago. Its a wonderful little instrument and has allowed me to explore my voice. I have always loved singing and now, with the Uke in tow, I find that I can actually produce a decent sound too!!
Cheers and “Slainte” from Galway Ireland.

19 03 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Great to hear you’ve found the uke. Ukes are appropriate for every sort of music, and people just love ’em.

Thanks for writing. Keep tuned in.

P

5 05 2011
Jack Fuller

Hi There Patsy, Well you have finally made it. I just created a Patsy Monteleone favorite place on my computer. I had been lumping you in with all the other great performers but I wanted to be ale to get to your stuff straight away, hence your own site. All kidding aside though I am so enjoying your uniqueness, and having spent my entire working life working in “Show Business” and having seen alot of talent I am really impressed. I too discovered the Ukulele a number of years ago and fell in love with it immediately. I had been playing around with guitar but found Uke more fun. I belong to the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society here in Florida and will be talking you up as a possible performer at our annual Uke Fest next Nov. Is that O K with you? Please keep up the good work. You really do help this old (78Yrs) man out. As they say , You are probably adding ten years to my life. Thanks Jacck Fuller

5 05 2011
Patsy Monteleone

Hi, Jack. Fantastic to hear from you. I’m glad you’re enjoying my little Internet song list. I’d love to come down for a show in November. Let’s keep in touch about that.

I know that Steve Boisen is involved with your group. The Barnkicker’s “One Less Tear” is a sensation. You guys do good work down there!

Thanks. Talk to you soon.

P

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