Location: St Kilda, Melbourne
Country: Australia

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John Montesante Quintet (aka JMQ Jazz Ensemble)


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

Influenced by bebop, the band offers popular  Blue Note standards as well as Montesante's special jazz arrangements - suitable for dancing or listening. The JMQ has gained respect in the discerning jazz scene due to its A-list players, versatility, longevity, 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 Hugh Harvey, Tom Lee, Michael Harding, Tony Hicks & John Montesante, and the diversity of guest Singers 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 sustained a quality weekly residency in Melbourne for nearly 16 years, until the 2020 pandemic closed the band's regular venue - but such a track record is a rarity in the modern jazz music scene and attests to the band's excellence.

Over the years the JMQ Ensemble  has performed at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australian Jazz Conventions,  Stonnington 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, Leroy's, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Uptown Jazz Club, Bird's Basement, The Jazzlab & Water Rat Hotel,  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 a guest feature artist from the cream of Australia's jazz singers and musicians as part of the booking, including Wilbur Wilde, Emma Gilmartin, Rebecca Barnard, Tracy Bartram, Julie O Hara, Mel Searle, Louisa Rankin, Alinta Chidzey, Juliarna Clark, Shem Benebig, Matt Kirsch, Craig Schneider, Samantha Morley, Elly Hoyt, Yvette Johansson, Julie O'Hara, Fem Belling, Jacqueline Gawler, James Flynn (WA),  Rod Gilbert, Tamara Kuldin, Emma Franz, Rita Satch, Margaret Morrison, Darrin Archer, Mark Elton, Phillip Rex, Tony Floyd, Niko Schauble, Kim May, David Hicks, Nick Haywood, Jeff Duff (NSW) & others.

In 2012, Montesante added a quality 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: Michael Fraser (lead trumpet), Andrew Serpell (trombone), Tim Wilson (alto sax), Stuart Byrne (baritone sax), James Sherlock(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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