Jealous Monk

Jealous Monk

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Jealous Monk is the funkiest hip hop band based out of the birthplace of American Music, New Orleans. Their dynamic live shows earned them the "2007 Best of the Big Easy Awards" "Best Hip Hop Acts" sharing the honor with Lil Wayne. :LIVE SHOW CLIPS:


Formed in the wake of Katrina, Jealous Monk has quickly gained recognition as one of New Orleans premiere musical acts. Don�t be fooled by their young age; they have the sense to listen to those who came before and incorporate those lessons into their music. Bridging elements of raw underground hip-hop and gritty New Orleans funk, and merging wisdom from predecessors with their youthful hope for the future, Jealous Monk is a brand of sound unlike any other.

"Jealous Monk draws on second line beats and funky chops of Uptown New Orleans and blends them with the native art-form of South Bronx to create a combination of funk and hip-hop that is all their own. Made up of turntables, microphones, and one of the funkiest live bands in town, Jealous Monk has created a new brand of NOLA music that's all their own." -Stuart Raper (90.7 FM WWOZ On-Air personality)

"Jealous Monk recaptures the lost spirit of hip-hop...Funkiest hip-hop I've heard in a long time" -Alex McConduit (

The IdeaPrior the group's inception, front man Jermaine Quiz began hitting the stage at local music venues, joining such musicians as Johnny Vidacovich and "The Trio," trying to inspire a movement of true hip-hop enthusiasts with a soft spot for funk. The idea was to lyrically freestyle to an improvised soundtrack of live music, with the outcome being a fresh and inspiring new sound of musical taste. This idea was heard and embraced by eager music fans all around the city of New Orleans. It evokes the New Orleans tradition of bringing history into new forms of expression. In this case, the history is the roots of hip hop and funk, and the new expression is what would become Jealous Monk�

The Return: Coming back after Katrina, Quiz wasted no time in continuing his goal of bringing live hip-hop to the New Orleans music scene. This was achieved in part through collaborations with major New Orleans players such as George Porter Jr, Ivan Neville, June Yamagishi, Russel Batiste, Kirk Joseph, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Big Sam. Quiz not only held his own among these forefathers of funk, but commanded the stage with his masterful hip-hop style in his performances, and the crowds took notice. This was not just another kid trying to mimic the legends, but rather a student who was respectfully discussing the philosophy of funk with his professors, offering new insight and iterations.

�When JQ gets up on stage he's ready to play. He already has listened to everything that�s going on around him. He's figured out exactly how to be part of the collective thing that is being spontaneously improvised. He has a keen, beautiful, psychic way of knowing what�s going to happen by listening intuitively to what�s going on around him and makes the lyrical improvisation become part of the collective process. Jermaine knows exactly how to phrase in the manner of the music which he is totally involved with making. When it�s all going down, JQ's without a doubt- he came to play.� �Johnny Vidacovich

The Monk Today, Jealous Monk consists of a monastery of young and older faces from the New Orleans music scene, all committed to the fusion of live funk and hip-hop and even more so the resurrection of the city of New Orleans. The revolving roster includes MC/DJ Jermaine Quiz (Kirk Josephs Backyard Groove, Russell Batiste and Friends), MC Intelligence, Pete Murano on guitar (Trombone Shorty�s Orleans Avenue), Dave Hyman(Gov't Magik) on guitar, Brazilian Keyboardist Eduardo Tozzato Kyle2020 on drums (GoodGuys),and the world famous founding member of Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Kirk Joseph- on Sousaphone. Part of what makes Jealous Monk�s sound unique is the continuously evolving line-up of special guest musicians who play with them. Not only is their sound unlike anyone else�s, but they never sound the same twice. Each show is a unique experience, and the performance is always fresh because there�s always new blood, and a different combination of performers. The trick is that they play with only the finest musicians, so that the quality is always consistent, and the brotherhood of the band remains.

Since Katrina, Jealous Monk has played countless shows all around the city in venues such as Tipitinas, Maple Leaf, Dragons Den and Blue Nile, as well as various FEMA trailer parks for recovery benefits. As his name might imply, MC Intelligence likes to impart knowledge, and he has even taught hip-hop lessons at New Orleans public schools when not rocking the crowds at night or winning MC battles around the city. Though they have had the opportunity to play with some of the biggest names in the region, they haven�t lost sight of the importance their mission, which includes rebuilding their city.

The Album--The long awaited debut album from Jealous Monk is set to hit the shelves in early April of this year. Entitled "Sun Up To Moon Down," the album encompasses an all-star lineup of well-produced songs, each of


Sun Up To Moon Down (2009)

Set List

We play two one hour sets of original music and eclectic covers including new orleans and hip hop standards.