“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.”
“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)
“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
Antoinette Montague formed a relationship with Carrie Smith, who I adored and was like family to me.
Antoinette adored Carrie, I guess we both adored her for how real and up front Carrie was. Carries unique contralto voice influenced Antoinette and Carrie told her, "I don't teach but I will send you to someone who will teach you". That was me Norman Simmons and the birth of an eternal relationship.
I saw Antoinette alter a high Soprano Voice to a Dynamic Contralto, I knew all the sexy moves that she got from Carrie and additional stage presence and song selection from from Etta Jones. I recognized her diligence to learn to be the best from association with the best; plus respect for the music as a whole.
I know of no performance situation that Antoinette cannot cover and of course I am never hesitant to recommend her performance ability and flexibility for any situation. That is because of the Character, Dignity and Intelligence that supports her talent.
– Norman Simmons
Rave Reviews for Sunday's First Annual Ridgewood Jazz Feast with Antoinette Montague, accompanied by Dave Chamberlain's lush, wonderful Band of Bones and King Solomon Hicks.
Click here for a full review with photos of the Ridgewood Jazz Feast 2013.
"Antoinette Montague kicked it off, backed by Band of Bones. Fantastic big band jazz."
"The music was top-notch. I was sort of expecting cookie-cutter snoozy jazz, catering to boring white-bread Bergenites. But what we got were three incredible and well-regarded acts, spanning a wide range of jazz and blues. The acts played over the course of what seemed like 5 hours. The lulls between bands were brief, which meant the music kept pumping almost constantly."
"This was a well-run and organized event. Congrats to everyone involved."
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Women's Herstory Month Event
African American Women in Jazz
Rossey Hall 101
Ingalls Recital Hall
New Jersey City University
2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd, West
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Presented by the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center
Friday, May 16, 2014
Antoinette Montague & Mark Gross
Mount Olive Baptist Church
Rev. Gregory J. Jackson, Senior Paster
260 Central Avenue
Hacknesack, NJ 07601
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11:30 – 4:00 pm
The Nora C. Iroka Scholarship Fund
The Fifth Annual Scholarship Luncheon
340 Franklin Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Tickets: $60.00 (tax deductible)
No Tickets will be sold at the door!
Deadline for ticket sales: May 10, 2104
Make checks payable to:
Nora C. Iroka Scholarship Fund
434 Irvine Turner Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07108
Saturday, May 17
Get Jazzed: An Evening with
American Jazz Drummer
Special Guest, Antoinette Montague
West Windsor Arts Center
Historic Princeton Junction Firehouse
952 Alexander Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Valentines Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015
The Red Ball at Flushing Town Hall
Antoinette Montague Quintet
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
"Love and Peace in the Key of Jazz, Blues and Beyond"
From Stardust, to Light My Fire, this tribute to the inspirational tunes of Johnny Hartman, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Earth Wind and Fire, Nat King Cole, and more done in the spirit of Jazz, Blues and beyond will delight and inspire.
It's a Red Ball at Flushing Town Hall!
A swinging tribute to the fun and art of love, so please feel free to wear your vibrant red outfit (or not) to this Valentines Red Ball at Flushing town Hall where all are welcome.
RECENT PRESS COVERAGE:
Click here to see Antoinette on WBGO's photoblog.
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.
View John Herr's Picasa photo album of Antoinette's performance at the Sheraton University Ballroom, February 13, 2011 here.
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.
Born 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...
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