John Montesante Quintet


John Montesante Quintet + JMQ Jazz Dectet

Formed in 1990, the JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET (or JMQ) is a stylish, horn-led modern Jazz Ensemble with a penchant for bebop, modern trumpet and wide-ranging jazz standards.

The JMQ Ensemble features Melbourne's finest Jazz players including, Michael Harding, Ben Robertson, John Montesante, Tony Hicks, Mirko Guerrini, David Rex, Carlo Alberto Canevali, Mark Elton, David Hicks, Philip Rex, Jim Glasson, James Clark, Bob Sedergreen, Tony Floyd, Brett Rosenberg, Niko Schauble, Geoff Kluke, Steve Grant, Tim Wilson, Matthew Jodrell, Eric Budd, along with outstanding guest vocallists, including Rebecca Mendoza, Fem Belling, Rita Satch, Samantha Morley, Olivia Chindamo, Yvette Johansson, Miriam Waks, Tamara Kuldin, Elly Hoyt, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Sarah Maclaine, Rod Gilbert, Julie O'Hara, Andrew Swann, Daina Jowsey, Sarah MacKenzie, Kimba Griffiths & Wilbur Wilde.

Montesante created a 10 piece lineup - the JMQ JAZZ DECTET- to perform his dedicated Blue Note arrangements, including the core JMQ members with additional four horns and guitar. Various guest singers also perform with this band, as with the quintet. The JMQ Jazz Dectet has performed highly lauded gigs at Bennets Lane Jazz Club, Paris Cat Jazz Club and Flying Saucer Club.

John Montesante's Quintet and Dectet provide unparalleled class in musical entertainment, whether performing at Venues, Festivals or Jazz Events, or creating enjoyment and ambience for your Venue or Private or Corporate Function.


The Band


Constantly expanding its repertoire, these are just
some of the JMQ tunes being played in both bands:

Stolen Moments,
Almost Like Being In Love,
Don't Be Blue,
Stormy Weather,
All The Things You Are,
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,
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,
Beyond The Sea,
'Round Midnight,
We'll Be Together Again,
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,
On Green Dolphin Street,
I'll Be Seeing You,
Shadowing You,
Groovin High,
Just One Of Those Things,
Look For The Silver Lining,
April Mist,
My Funny Valentine,
Tel 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,
One Note Samba,
We'll Be Together Again,
Close Your Eyes,
Here's That Rainy Day,
You've Changed,
You'd Be So Nice
To Come Home To,
All The Things You Are
and many more....


Who performs in the John Montesante Quintet?

Many other fine artists have performed with the John Montesante Quintet since its inception in 1990. They include : Jamie Oehlers, Joe Chindamo, Darren Farrugia, Sam Keevers, Craig Schneider, Gideon Marcus, Jex Saarelat, Andrew Firth, Tamara Murphy, George Washingmachine, Ron Sandilands, Hugh Harvey, Anton Delecca, Darrin Archer, Gary Costello, Kim May, Barney Loveland, Mark Fitzgibbon, Nick Haywood, Michael Jordan, Steve Sedergreen, Chris Sommervelle, Mark Voogd, Eamon McNelis, Andrew Gander, Ken Schroder, Danny Farrugia, Dan Gordon, Frank Disario, Edward Yorke, Jimmy Sloggett, Ron Farella, Andrew Swann, Kim May, David Hicks, Ben Robertson, Rod Gilbert, Dean Cooper, Joe Ruberto, Dean Addison & Scott Lambie.

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