A stylish horn-led Jazz combo, The JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET [aka JMQ] has a penchant for New York bebop and classic Blue Note standards, with some special arrangements, featuring Australia's finest Jazz players and vocalists.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

JMQ: John Montesante Quintet


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

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

The current stellar line-up of Dean Cooper, Ben Robertson, Michael Harding, Tony Hicks & John Montesante, and the diversity of 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 weekly residency in one venue for close to eleven years - which is a rarity in the modern jazz music scene.

Over the years the JMQ  has performed at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australian Jazz Conventions,  Stonnington Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival, Fine Food Wine & Music By The Bay Festival, Fox Museum, Ninety-Nine, McClelland Gallery, Exhibition Buildings, International Flower & Garden Show, Ruby Reds, Peninsula @ Atlantic, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Dizzy's Jazz Club - former & current sites, Crown NYE, Myer Family functions, The Commune Cafe-Bar, as well as various major events & private and corporate functions. Available for Festivals, Concerts, Venues, Media & all Events, the JMQ offers quality musicianship, great entertainment value and the capacity to perform with any outstanding jazz singer or instrumentalist.

When the band performs at private or corporate gigs, it can offer the cream of Australia's jazz singers and musicians as part of the booking, including Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Olivia Chindamo, Sarah McKenzie, Wilbur Wilde, Elly Hoyt,  Yvette Johansson, Julie O'Hara, Rebecca Mendoza, Fem Belling, Jacqueline Gawler, James Flynn (WA),  Rod Gilbert, Daina Jowsey, Tamara Kuldin, Sarah Maclaine, Emma Franz, Hetty Kate, Rita Satch, Gil Askey (RIP), Miriam Waks, Andrew Swann,Trent White, Margaret Morrison, Martin Breeze, Daniel Gassin, Darrin Archer, Jamie Oehlers, Mark Fitzgibbon, Mark Elton, Phillip Rex, Samantha Morley, Kim May, David Hicks, Darryn Farrugia, Andy Firth (NSW), Gary Costello (RIP), Nick Haywood, Daniel Farrugia, Gideon Marcus, Carlo Alberto Canevali, George Washingmachine (NSW), Jeff Duff (NSW) & others.

In recent times, Montesante created a 10 piece version of the outfit - The JM Dectet - using his core JMQ musicians and adding four horns and a guitar, to perform his special arrangements for the band. They include: Shane Gillard (lead trumpet), Eric Budd (trombone), Tim Wilson (alto sax), Aaron Searle (baritone sax) , Jack Pantazis (guitar).

The JMQ bands showcase the finest artists, performing outstanding jazz and providing top class entertainment value as well. Available to corporate, festivals, private functions, weddings and dedicated jazz venues or special events.

These are just some of the JMQ tunes you may hear, and we can tailor the singer and repertoire for YOUR function, when required:

  • Arabia
  • Stolen Moments,
  • Almost Like Being In Love,
  • Don't Be Blue,
  • Stormy Weather,
  • All The Things You Are,
  • Confirmation,
  • It's You or Noone at All,
  • Nica's Dream,
  • Donna Lee,
  • Someone to Watch Over Me,
  • There Will Never Be Another You,
  • Time After Time,
  • Falling In Love With Love,
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It,
  • You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To,
  • Nice and Easy Does It,
  • The Nearness of You,
  • The Very Thought of You,
  • Night In Tunisia,
  • You're My Everything,
  • It Could Happen To You,
  • Shiny Stockings,
  • Lullaby of Birdland,
  • Invitation,
  • Ceora,
  • Tenderly,
  • Beyond The Sea, '
  • Round Midnight,
  • We'll Be Together Again,
  • Moanin',
  • Just Friends,
  • Where and When,
  • Summer Samba,
  • Shadow Of Your Smile,
  • Au Privane,
  • Lover Man,
  • As Time Goes By,
  • The Way You Look Tonight,
  • It Might As Well Be Spring,
  • Bye Bye Blackbird,
  • Daahoud,
  • On Green Dolphin Street,
  • Desifanado,
  • I'll Be Seeing You,
  • Jordu, Shadowing You,
  • Groovin High,
  • Just One Of Those Things,
  • Look For The Silver Lining,
  • April Mist, My Funny Valentine,
  • Tell Me A Bedtime Story,
  • All of You, Don't Misunderstand,
  • Mood Indigo,
  • Bernie's Tune,
  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco,
  • Love for Sale,
  • What Is This Thing Called Love,
  • If I Was A Bell,
  • Let's Get Lost,
  • C'est Si Bon,
  • Canteloupe Island,
  • The Song Is You,
  • Straighten Up and Fly Right,
  •  I've Got You Under My Skin,
  • Pennies From Heaven,
  • Embraceable You,
  • Falling In Love With Love,
  • The Wee Small Hours of The Morning,
  • Good Morning Heartache,
  • Star Eyes,
  • Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps,
  • Joy Spring,
  • Half Nelson,
  • Thrivin On A Riff,
  • Solar,
  • Stardust,
  • One Note Samba
  • and many more....

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