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Listen to the Jazz Woman to the Rescue theme song here:

 

 

Jazz Woman to the Rescue is a foundation in the works.

It's historic as it visits Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and living Jazz Heroes on the band stand.

 

There are 2 elements to the Jazz Woman foundation. "The Play it Forward" program of encouraging people to take old instruments and give them to disenfranchised children.

 

The second prgram is "Put it Back!" The push for citizens to contact local schools in their community to ask if they have an arts education program for their students. If not, we as taxpayers insist they Put it Back! into the curriculum.

 

Jazz Woman to the Rescue helps with donated instruments and assigns a roster of artists to provide low cost musical education in after school programs and/or designated study slots.


We are currently reaching out in search of grants and donor funding to enable us to bring these two programs to more schools and children.

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“My Grandfather said of Ella Fitzgerald that she was 'BEYOND CATEGORY,' and I would like to say the same of Antoinette Montague, that she is 'beyond category.’ "

Mercedes Ellington, CEO
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts

 

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A personal review of Antoinette's 02-15-15 performance at Syracuse:

 

Thank you so much for your performance.  You are a gifted performer. Your diverse repertoire and your audience interaction was very refreshing. We especially enjoyed your spontaneous rendition of ‘Young Gifted and Black.’ You project yourself with such conviction the listener has no choice but to be moved.  Your enthusiasm on the bandstand is contagious.

 

We gave a ride to one of Vicki's interns who is from India and a freshman at SU, she had never been to a jazz concert before or exposed to jazz music of any nature. She indicated that she enjoyed it and asked if that was how all jazz concerts were my nephew who is a jazz musician quickly replied "NO" but that's how they should be.

 

Thank you again.  We look forward to hearing you live in the near future. But in the meantime, we shall continue to chant "Jazzwoman" to the rescue.


Jamie Lou McKinney
Syracuse, NY

 

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A personal review of Antoinette's 02-14-15 performance at FlushingTown hall:

 

SUPERB concert  last night at Flushing Town Hall. Thank you so much for making so many people so very happy–and your band is Amazing!!!!

 

Ellen Kodadek

Executive and Artistic Director

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts

 

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Antoinette and her group hit town like a fast freight train and delivered an engaging,  high-energy show that showcased veteran talent, Danny Mixon, Chip White, Paul Beaudry, and the best of the next generation, Christopher McBride, Solomon Hicks. Our audience responded in kind – standing ovation. Kudos to the supremely talented Antoinette and the dynamite show that she assembled for our event.
 
Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Central

 

Photo credit: Tony Graves. Antoinette Montague Quartet with Danny Mixon at a sold out performance at Dorthaan’s Place at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, March 2014.

 

 

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to honor
Antoinette Montague with the
"Standing on their Shoulder:

A Celebration of the Wisdom of Women" 
The Grand Ballroom of the Eastwoon Manor
3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY
Breakfast
From 8:30am-12:00 noon
(breakfast at 8:45 am) $45.00

Contact Hostess/liaison: Edith Bly Jenkins
914-830-3694
Send reservation or donation labeled
“Friends of Antoinette” to Edith Jenkins

 


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Weds. March 11, 2015
8:00 pm and 10:30 pm sets
Antoinette Montague Trio
The New Brunswick Jazz Project

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
732-873-1234

www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com

 

 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
9:00 pm – 12 midnight

David Chamberlain’s Band of Bones
with guest artists
Hendrik Meurkens and Antoinette Montague

Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
b/t Thompson St. & Sullivan St.
212-477-9462
www.zincbar.com

 

 

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Tuesday, March 31, 11:30 am
Antoinette Montague, Featured Presenter
Essex County College
Presidential Lecture Series
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
973-877-3000
www.essex.edu

 

 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

CD RELEASE EVENT "WORLD PEACE IN THE KEY OF JAZZ"
with  SPECIAL 100 BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY 

Shows  8 PM  & 10 PM

Antoinette Montague
Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Avenue & East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Cover $30 plus $20 minimum on Food & Beverage
Reservations strongly advised 212-885-7119

www.kitano.com

 

 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

8:00 pm

Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration

Antoinette Montague
Bill's Place
148 West 133rd Street
New York, NY 10030
212-281-0777
www.billsplaceharlem.com

 

 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

3:00pm -5:30pm

"Happy 100th Birthday Billie Holiday"

Antoinette Montague

Pauline's Place
28 Watkins Place
New rochelle, NY 10801

 

Jazz at Miss P's Place
Jazz Appreciation Month
Suggested donation $15.00
914-235-6398

 

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Have dinner with Jazz and Blues
artist Antoinette Montague as a
part of Great Conversations

Thursday, April 30, 2015
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:15 pm Dinner

7th annual Great Conversations
Madison Hotel
14 Maple Avenue, Suite 301
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-285-5115

www.morrisarts.org

 

 

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

1:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Norah Iroka Scholarship Fund presents:
A tribute to the great Slide Hampton

Renowned American Jazz Trombonist,
Master Composer & Arranger

Featuring the Antoinette Montague Quintet

The Chandelier

340 Franklin Avenue

Belleville, New Jersey 07109

 

Ticket Price:  $60.00 (Tax Deductible)
No tickets will be sold at the door!
(Deadline for Ticket Sales - May 10, 2015)
 
Make checks payable to: Nora C. Iroka Scholarship Fund
Mail to: Cheryl Iroka   

             434 Irvine Turner Boulevard- 3rd Floor
             Newark, New Jersey 07108
             Ticket (s) and tax deductible receipt will be

             mailed to you upon receiving check.
 
Contact: Cheryl Iroka, President

973-242-1071   cell:  201-618-9534
Annie V. Moore - Agent 973-678-8137
Patricia White - Agent Assistant  cell: 908-456-0405

 

 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Antoinette Montague
West Connecticut Performing Arts Center
Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc.
Litchfield Jazz Festival & Litchfield Jazz Camp
860-361-6285

www.litchfieldjazzfest.com

 

 

 

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RECENT PRESS COVERAGE:

 

Click here to see Antoinette on WBGO's photoblog.

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Click here to read coverage of Antoinette's triumphant return gig at the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation Black History Month Cabaret in Syracuse.

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View John Herr's Picasa photo album of Antoinette's performance at the Sheraton University Ballroom, February 13, 2011 here.

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Click here to see Antoinette interviewed by Jackie Lennon on "Jackie & Company" Friday, April 8, 2011 12:30 am. Time-Warner Cable CH 67/69, RCN CH 85, Verizon CH 36.


 


 

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Antoinette MontagueBorn and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague considers Carrie Smith, Etta Jones, Della Griffin and Myrna Lake to be her mentors. Antoinette has worked extensively in the New York area during the past decade with such musicians as Bill Easley, Norman Simmons, Winard Harper, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Wess, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Mike Longo's New York State of the Arts Orchestra. more info...

 

Accolades for Antoinette

“Montague has a voice that is immediately appealing, and is adaptable to the variety of tunes that she has chosen for the album. Her sound is smooth with a soulful edge. She never gets tied up with vocal excesses, emphatic when she needs to be, and tender at the appropriate moments.” 
Joe Lang
Jersey Jazz

“Antoinette Montague has a powerful voice, the ability to hold long notes without wavering, and a knack for making every song sound bluesy.”
Scott Yanow
Los Angeles Jazz Scene

“Jazz players love to accompany a genuine jazz singer and Antoinette is as real as they come: good range, phrasing and taste.”
Jazz Times

“Her lusty and soulful voice reaches your most inner core.  Her strength is combining the heartfelt passion of the Blues with the sophistication of Jazz.”
—EAGLEyeONE Magazine (Canada)


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