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John Montesante Quintet, Julie O Hara


Thu 14 Nov 2013, 6:00pm–9:00pm

Where: The Commune Cafe Bar, 2 Parliament Place, East Melbourne, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: polly555

The John Montesante Quintet is a stylish, horn-led combo formed in 1990 by Jazz Trumpet, Arranger and Composer, John Montesante.

Influenced by bebop, the band offers a modern take on standards as well as John Montesante's special jazz arrangements. The John Montesante Quintet has gained respect in the discerning jazz scene due to its quality musicianship, versatility, entertainment value and ability to perform with any outstanding vocal and musical artists from in or out of town.

With a stellar line-up, the diversity of guest vocal artists performing with the JMQ, gives this band a freshness, versatility and vitality that engages its audience. As well as a variety of jazz gigs, this is illustrated by the JMQ having a quality residency in one venue for over nine years to date - which is a rarity in the modern jazz music scene.

The John Montesante Quintet showcases the finest artists, performing outstanding jazz and provides top class entertainment value as well. Each Thursday the John Montesante Quintet performs with a revolving showcase of fine jazz singers at the Commune cafe-bar, where meal bookings are essential to secure your place.

Over the years the John Montesante Quintet ((aka JMQ) has performed at Australian Jazz Conventions, Ruby Reds, Stonnington Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival, Fine Food Wine and Music By The Bay Festival, Fox Museum, Ninety-Nine, McClelland Gallery, Exhibition Buildings, International Flower and Garden Show, Peninsula at Atlantic, Dizzy's Jazz Club - former and current sites, Crown NYE, Myer Family functions, The Commune Cafe-Bar, as well as various major events and corporate functions. Available for festivals, concerts, venues, media and all events, the John Montesante Quintet offers quality musicianship, great entertainment value and the capacity to perform with any outstanding jazz singer or instrumentalist.

They have included: Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Sarah McKenzie, Tamara Kuldin, Wilbur Wilde, Joe Chindamo, Elly Hoyt, Yvette Johansson, Julie O'Hara, Rebecca Mendoza, Fem Belling, Rod Gilbert, Daina Jowsey, Rita Satch, Ruby Page, Gil Askey, Miriam Waks (NSW), Bob Valentine, Trent White (WA), Margaret Morrison, Hetty Kate, Emma Franz, Martin Breeze, Jamie Oehlers, Mark Fitzgibbon, Craig Schneider, Daniel Gassin, Dean Cooper, David Hicks, Darryn Farrugia, Kim May, Gideon Marcus, Barney Loveland, Ben Robertson, Andy Firth (NSW), Gary Costello, Nick Haywood, George Washing machine (NSW), Jeff Duff (NSW) and many others.

- John Montesante Quintet Live at Atlantis, WaZoo Records 2009.Available via iTunes, CD Baby and Digital Sales, or via the band website above.
- JMQ Dectet The Little Big Horn Project, WaZoo Records 2013. Available via iTunes, CD Baby and Digital Sales, or via the band website.