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french music melbourne style

 

Melbourne-based, French-inspired ensemble La Nuit Blanche seeks to bring the French music they love to a modern Australian audience. Featuring the gypsy sounds of accordion and guitar, and the sexy jazz brawn of saxophone and double bass, with purring jazz and pop vocals, this band is like nothing else in Melbourne. Bringing you the songs of Eartha Kitt, Charles Trenet, Camille, Vanessa Paradis, the Amelie soundtrack, Django Reinhardt….Oh la la, c’est si bon! Stop by the guingette for un petit Pastis, listen to the chanson and take in the atmosphere….

Vocals - Raleigh Williams

Double Bass - Enzo Ruberto // Owen Downie

Guitar -  Nathan Slater

Accordion - Salvatore Greco

Saxophone - Julian Banks

 

 

 
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GIGS

 

** ON JOUE TOUS LES DIMANCHES A ENTRECÔTE SOUTH YARRA - We play every Sunday at Entrecôte South Yarra, 4:30-7pm

MONDAY MAY 6 2019 - Philippe Restaurant, CBD, 6-8pm

THURSDAY MAY 16 2019 - Stonnington Jazz Festival - Bouzy Bar à Vin, Armadale, 6-10pm

SATURDAY MAY 18 - Union Hotel, Brunswick 5-7pm

THURSDAY MAY 30 - Milk the Cow Carlton 7-9pm

THURSDAY JUNE 20 - Bouzy Bar à Vin, Armadale, 6-10pm

THURSDAY JUNE 27 - Milk the Cow Carlton 7-9pm

MONDAY JULY 1 2019 - Philippe Restaurant, CBD, 6-8pm

SATURDAY JULY 13 - Bastille Day Festival, Federation Square main stage 3:30-4:30pm

***SUNDAY JULY 14 - BASTILLE DAY PARTY at ENTRECOTE SOUTH YARRA ***

THURSDAY JULY 25 - Milk the Cow Carlton 7-9pm

FRIDAY AUGUST 23 - Classic Southside Jazz, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick

** We are currently taking bookings for Bastille Day (week) 2019

** Oui, we do perform at les marriages, les fetes, tout les choses comme ça! Contact us via the booking form on this site.

 

 

 

 

 

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QUOI DE NEUF ? - WHATS NEWS ?

DECEMBRE 2018

We’ve been busy musicians this year! We had a lot of firsts: A debut album, Jazzy Jeudi at Alliance Francaise, entertaining Melbourne’s elite at Emperor Champagne’s Billecart 200th Anniversary, an Eartha Kitt tribute, World Music Day (Fete De La Musique), our first Jazzlab show…and soon, our first appearance at the Adelaide French Festival (Jan 2019). To catch you up, here are Some recent interviews:

Australian Jazz Net

Australian Arts Review

SBS French

JUILLET 2018

'LA NUIT BLANCHE: LIVE AT THE PARIS CAT' Album Launches Bastille Day

Oh la la, mes amis - we are so excited to announce our long-awaited debut album is available as of Bastille Day - Saturday July 14! You'll be able to purchase it online for postal order or download from Bandcamp, and in-person at our gigs. PURCHASE OUR ALBUM HERE
 

You can catch us celebrating the French Fete Nationale this weekend in a few places:

Melbourne's Bastille Day Festival - The Meat Market, North Melbourne: The festival runs over Saturday and Sunday celebrating all things French here in Melbourne! Catch us on the main stage from 11-11:45am, and sling us a croissant or two!

Entrecote South Yarra's annual Bastille Day Party - The most fabulous place to celebrate Bastille Day at come sundown, hosted by Entrecote's one-and-only Mr. Jones. Expect costumes, music, sing-alongs and surprises! We'll also be back for our regular resident Sunday gig.

PURCHASE OUR ALBUM HERE

DECEMBRE 2017 

RALEIGH AND THE LA NUIT BLANCHE GENTS VISIT PBS FOR CHRISTMAS 2017

We had a marvellous time this week in the PBS studio doing a mini-set of (English language) Christmas songs for Chelsea Wilson's 'Jazz Got Soul' Christmas special - featuring Julian Banks on sax, Nathan Slater on guitar and Enzo Ruberto on Double Bass. If you missed the live broadcast, you can stream away to your heart's content here via the PBS site - We're on about the 1hr25min mark. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas! xx

 NOVEMBRE 2017

LA NUIT BLANCHE RETURNS TO PARIS TO PROVENCE 2017 NOV 24-26

We are so excited to be returning to our favourite Frenchie festival - the wonderful Paris to Provence held at Como House, Prahran. No other festival is as beautifully curated and styled, with activities for all ages! Find us there on the Friday evening and Sunday morning. Book your tickets here or come along on the day and say BONJOUR to us in the garden! xx

Our wonderful Salvatore at a recent P2P press event

Our wonderful Salvatore at a recent P2P press event

 JUIN 2017

'MOI J'AI EU UN FLASH!' FRENCH ROCK AND POP TO GET THE LNB TREATMENT

Wham Bam! We have had a super start to the year with gigs all over the countryside, and now as winter approaches, we are working on some new and fun material to broaden our Frenchie style even further. We've been dying to resurrect some great French dancefloor classics with our own LNB flavour. One can't go past the non-sensical, uber-catchy 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' by Belgian Plastic Bertrand (1979). However, whilst researching some more about the song, we discovered there was actually a grand scandal to do with the performing artist! Turns out Plastic Bertrand is the French language version of Milli Vanilli..... check out this article by Doug Jones at dangerousminds.net to read about what went on, and listen out for a newly-tailored version of this song at our next gigs! xx

 FEVRIER 2017

LA NUIT BLANCHE AT BRUNSWICK MUSIC FESTIVAL FEB & MAR

C'est magnifique! You can catch LNB in our full 6-piece glory at the famous Brunswick Music festival on Sunday March 19 in the 'Vale de Pascoe' - or - as we locals know it, Pascoe Vale. This is the fun and free closing event of this iconic music festival, and we'll be adding a French flavour alongside some other amazing acts.....to quote the festival:

"Bullhorn will bring their brash big band boogie. The Transatlantics will treat us with their sweet, sweet soul. La Nuit Blanche will add a fine French gypsy jazz flavour. TEK TEK Ensemble will open us up to the world of disco fusion. And the stunning Vietcharm will amaze with their traditional Vietnamese dance."

Grab a picnic, your dancing shoes, and come and meet us there! From 4pm xx

 

Photograph by Sabine Legrand Photography

Photograph by Sabine Legrand Photography

 

 JANVIER 2017

QUEL ÉTÈ-LÀ! WHAT A SUMMER!

Super! We here at La Nuit Blanche music headquarters have been busily working away on new tunes, new media, and having a ball entertaining the Frenchie-loving masses of Melbourne! Mais - il ne s'arrête - it isn't stopping for us! We have a full season of gigs lined up to carry us into the year on both sides of the rivière... So we've teamed up with the amazing graphic artist, Todd Beeby, over in Nouvelle Zealande - who is helping us get the word out about our concerts coming up. Check out his Villemot-inspired artwork made especially for us! If you need any artistic talents - definitely check out his website here xx

We'll see you at a gig soon! xx

JANVIER 2017

BONNE ANNÉE À TOUS!

After un peu de repos (a little break) over Christmas, we're back and raring to go with our calendar booking up. We're so pleased to return to our Sunday weekly residency at South Yarra's Entrecote, and our monthly sessions at fromagerie Milk the Cow - but we'll also be coming to the Brunswick Music Festival and Stonnington Jazz festival later in the year! Don't forget to 'like' us on facebook, and perhaps follow us on instagram to discover any latest news and perhaps request your favorite frenchie number! We look forward to seeing you this year xx bisous from La Nuit Blanche xx

 

FRENCHIE THURSDAYS AT MILK THE COW CARLTON

We've had such a ball playing at the amazing Carlton fromagerie, Milk the Cow, once a month this year (in the gorgeous bar 'à l'étage' - upstairs!). Join us for our last of the year on Thursday 24th November from 7:30pm).

Book tickets here...xx

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JAZZ SUNDAY SPRING/SUMMER SERIES AT ENTRECOTE

LNB kicks off the festive season with our residency at South Yarra institution, Entrecôte. We'll be there in trio format every Sunday until Christmas to help you while away the last hours of the weekend with Lillet cocktails, champagne, oysters....oo la la! 5:30-8pm. 

More info here....xx

 MARS 2016

SBS FRENCH RADIO

Raleigh spoke with Christophe Mallet at SBS French Radio in May about LNB's Stonnington Jazz Festival performance on Saturday May 14.

Listen here: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/french/en/content/raleigh-williams-la-nuit-blanche

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 AVRIL 2016

JAZZ IN SOUTH YARRA - STONNINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

La Nuit Blanche will be delivering an afternoon of delightful French fancy at the Stonnington Jazz Festival outdoor Toorak Trader's Association marketplace on Saturday May 14. This is a free event from 3-6pm, corners of Murray & Station Street Toorak.