JMQ: John Montesante Quintet or Dectet

JMQ: John Montesante Quintet or Dectet

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS

A stylish horn-led modern Jazz combo, JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET [aka JMQ Jazz Ensemble] has a penchant for New York bebop, with a modern take on Blue Note standards and special arrangements, featuring Australia's finest Jazz players and vocalists. The JMQ JAZZ DECTET is the extended 10 piece version of the band, with a guitar & four horns added.


The John Montesante Quintet is a stylish, horn-led ensemble formed in 1990 by Jazz Trumpet, 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 quality musicianship, versatility, entertainment value and ability to perform with any outstanding vocal and musical artists from in or out of town.

With an always stellar line-up of A list jazz musicians, and a diversity of vocal artists performing with the JMQ, the band has a freshness, versatility and vitality that engages its audience. As well as a variety of jazz gigs at clubs and festivals, this is illustrated by the JMQ sustaining a weekly residency in one venue for close to twelve years, and when that venue was sold, the band transferred seamlessly to a new base, and continued.

Montesante also created a 10 piece lineup in 2013  - using his core JMQ musicians, adding four horns and a guitar and this outfit is called JMQ Jazz Dectet.

Since its inception, the JMQ Jazz Ensemble  has performed at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Australian Jazz Conventions,  Stonnington Jazz Festival, Phillip Island 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, Uptown Jazz Cafe, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Dizzy's Jazz Club - former & current sites, Crown NYE, Myer Family functions, The Commune Cafe-Bar, Leroy Espresso Bar, Bird's Basement, as well as various major events & 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.

Over the years these talents have included: Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Olivia Chindamo, Sarah McKenzie, Wilbur Wilde, Elly Hoyt, Yvette Johansson, Julie O'Hara, Rebecca Mendoza, Fem Belling, Rita Satch, Jacqueline Gawler, ,  Rod Gilbert, Daina Jowsey, Tamara Kuldin, Emma Franz, Hetty Kate, Miriam Waks, Samantha Morley, Kimba Griffith, Martin Breeze, Andrew Swann, Trent White, Margaret Morrison, Sarah Maclaine, Bob Valentine, Michael Harding, Ben Robertson, Daniel Gassin, Darrin Archer, Jamie Oehlers, Mark Fitzgibbon, Mark Elton, Phillip Rex, Jack Pantazis, Joe Chindamo, Kim May, David Hicks, Darryn Farrugia,  David Rex, , Nick Haywood, Daniel Farrugia, Eric Budd, Craig Schneider, Dean Cooper, Niko Schauble, Gideon Marcus, Carlo Alberto Canevali, Mirko Guerrini, George Washingmachine, Tim Wilson, Shane Gillard, Tony Hicks, (NSW),James Flynn (WA), Andy Firth (NSW), Gary Costello (RIP), Gil Askey (RIP), Jeff Duff (NSW) & others.

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


"JMQ : John Montesante Quintet-Live @ Atlantis". 2009 (WaZoo Records).
Available via iTunes, CD Baby & Digital Sales.

"JMQ Dectet - The LITTLE BIG HORN Project". 2013. (WaZoo Records)
Available via iTunes, CD Baby & Digital Sales.

Set List

In venues, the JMQ offers 2 x 55 min, and usually includes one singer. It performs a wide range of Instrumentals, when ambient music is required, or to showcase the 'chops' of the band members and guests.
A large selection is on band website and includes:
Sail Away,
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,
Bernie's Tune,
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,
We'll Be Together Again,
It Could Happen To You,
Close Your Eyes,
Lullaby of Birdland,
You've Changed...