CAFE SOCIETY ORCHESTRA

CAFE SOCIETY ORCHESTRA

John Montesante's 19 piece Cafe Society Orchestra, formed in 1981, passionately pays tribute to the great names and 'good times' of the Big Band era from 1940-60.

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

John Montesante’s

‘CAFE SOCIETY ORCHESTRA’

Big Band Era of 40s - 60s

TREAT YOURSELF TO THE RARE OPULENCE

of this 19 piece BIG BAND

JOHN MONTESANTE :  Band Leader

John first came to national attention as a Jazz musician-arranger in his 20s.  He was an original member-arranger-trumpeter with popular band  Kush in the 1970s, and also performed in other name Bands of that decade, as well as various Big Bands and Orchestras.

Playing Trumpet, Flugel and Keyboards, Montesante founded the now legendary Soul & Rhythm and Blues outfit Grand Wazoo in 1981, and shortly afterwards introduced his Café Society Orchestra for Inflation Nightclub’s Black Tie Nights. A little later he also formed his Jazz Quintet. An indefatigable musician, John has led, performed or written hundreds of orchestrations for these outstanding bands since their formation ­ making him a uniquely dedicated and versatile figure within the Australian music scene.

He has performed, backed, supported, acted as musical director, or arranged for many eminent International and Australian artists across the Big Band, Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz genres,

Whenever John Montesante offers his outstanding bands to a discerning public, superb quality and enjoyment are always assured.

Cafe Society Orchestra

Big Band Era 1940-1960

Conceived in 1981, by Band Leader, Arranger & Trumpeter, John Montesante, the 19 piece Cafe Society Orchestra passionately pays tribute to the great names of the Big Band era from the very late 1930s through to 1960.

Proudly recreating the style and opulence of bygone ‘good times’ and performed by Australia’s foremost Big Band, Swing & Jazz Musicians, the Cafe Society Orchestra provides a rare treat for anybody who delights in the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Nestico, Harry Connick Jnr, The Andrews Sisters, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ray Charles  as well as Nelson Riddle’s orchestrations.

John Montesante’s Cafe Society Orchestra has enchanted music loving audiences since 1981—appearing at a plethora of prestige and corporate events and at outdoor festivals and concerts, and backing some of the finest talents from Australia and abroad, including Delilah, Lovelace Watkins, Al Martino, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett Band, Nancy Wilson, Venetta Fields, Tina Arena, Reg Livermore, Jeff Duff, Peter Cupples, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Hollywood Brown (Platters), Hot Chocolate, Neischa Fitzgibbon, Lisa Edwards, Renee Geyer, Joe Camilleri, Normie Rowe, Jackie Love, Max Merritt, Bob Valentine and countless others.
 
When it comes to excellence in musical entertainment, delivered with a panache which authentically recreates and celebrates outstanding musicianship of the Big Band era, your choice is  absolutely clear.....
 
This prestige Big Band features Australia’s finest Vocalists, including Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Rebecca Mendoza, Bob Valentine, Julie O'Hara, Yvette Johansson, as well as outstanding Big Band, Swing & Jazz Musicians. The Band can also bring in celebrity guests, with appropriate fee loading. [On rare occasions, clients may request a string section, and we can accommodate that as well, again with increased fee, as it brings the CSO lineup to 30].
 
John Montesante's CSO is ideal for any high-end Corporate or Major or Private Client, who wants real Quality & Enjoyment, where budget is not the primary issue.
 
 
SAMPLE PLAY LIST
 
Big Band Era 1940-1960, or AS REQUIRED
All tunes arranged for CSO and conducted by John Montesante
  • IN THE MOOD
  • STRING OF PEARLS
  • TUXEDO JUNCTION
  • AMERICAN PATROL
  • C-JAM BLUES
  • LADY IS A TRAMP
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC
  • WITCHCRAFT
  • PAPER MOON
  • STRAIGHTEN UP & FLY RIGHT
  • BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY
  • UNTIL I MET YOU
  • A NIGHT IN TUNISIA
  • TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
  • TENDER TRAP
  • BLUE MOON
  • OVER THE RAINBOW
  • UNFORGETTABLE
  • SATIN DOLL
  • LOVER MAN
  • JUMPIN AT THE WOODSIDE
  • NEW YORK NEW YORK
  • IT HAD TO BE YOU
  • LET’S FALL IN LOVE
  • PENNSYLVANIA  65000
  • STARDUST
  • A LITTLE HAPPINESS
  • COME FLY WITH ME
  • RUM & COCA COLA
  • YOU’VE STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM
  • YOU’VE CHANGED
  • LITTLE BROWN JUG
  • YOUNG AT HEART
  • HOW HIGH THE MOON
  • WOODCHOPPERS’ BALL
  • MOONLIGHT SERENADE
  • I CONCENTRATE ON YOU
  • MANTECA

& many more

 

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