John Montesante Bands: Jazz + Soul Music Entertainment:
St Kilda resident, John Montesante is a leading Australian Band Leader, whose name is synonymous with “Quality” in the Jazz, Soul, Funk & Blues genres. With a stellar career spanning decades, where he has founded and performed with several bands across genres, he has gained a reputation as an Australian music industry legend, for his stellar arrangements and offering of outstanding entertainment that has stood the test of time.
Today he leads John Montesante Quintet (aka JMQ Jazz Ensemble, founded 1990).This Jazz outfit sometimes expands to a 10 piece Dectet to perform his dedicated arrangements. The JMQ has a long-running Thursday residency across Melbourne, performing weekly at 7PM at The Water Rat Hotel, South Melbourne (www.thewaterrathotel.com.au), featuring the finest jazz & international artists.
As well, Montesante remains at the helm of Australia’s first, most celebrated, entertaining and legendary Soul outfit, 13 piece Grand WaZoo-Kings of Soul (formed 1981) – still delighting music lovers with regular gigs .
The key to Montesante’s bands’ longevity is that Australia’s finest musicians and singers are always presented under his leadership at every show; he is renowned for his arrangements and passion, and ultimately, there is no substitute for quality.
Check the band’s websites for upcoming shows and booking details.