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Antoinette Montague :: Sat. Dec. 4, 2010, 5:00 PM :: St. Albans Very Special Holiday Jazz Vespers, St. Albans Congregational Church

December 3, 2010

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St. Albans Very Special Holiday Jazz Vespers Christmas Concert
 Saturday, December 4, 2010   5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 Antoinette Montague Quintet

  Bill Easley, sax, flute, clarinet
John DiMartino, piano
 Bill Moring, bass
Eric Johnson, guitar
Jay Hoggard, vibraphone


   St. Albans Congregational Church
 in historic St. Albans, Queens
 Rev. Dr. Henry T. Simmons, Senior Minister
172-17 Linden Boulevard
 St. Albans, Queens, NY 11434
 718-657-8282 www.stalbanscc.org <http://www.stalbanscc.org>

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Holiday  Cheer For The Ears: “Behind The Smile” Antoinette Montague Jumps Out Front for Jazz and Blues Vespers, St. Albans, NY, Saturday, December 4

New York, NY USA, December 2, 2010 – Sparking the stage with Swinging Christmas and Holiday Songs, “Behind The Smile” Antoinette Montague will be appearing with her Quintet delivering holiday cheer for the ears, on Saturday night December 4, between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM for a Jazz and Blues Vespers at the St. Albans Congregational Church (www.stalbanscc.org <http://www.stalbanscc.org/> ),  172-17 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, NY. Antoinette will be performing gems from her repertoire of Jazz and Blues including songs from her CD Behind The Smile. The quintet features Jay Hoggard, vibes, Eric Johnson, guitar, and others including Bill Easley on sax, flute and clarinet whose CD Love Stories is newly released.

Montague’s performance follows recent performances to a packed-house at the historic Lenox Lounge, and a guest slot with Mike Longo’s New York State of The Art Big Band celebrating Dizzy Gillespie’s Birthday, and the First of the Season Jazz Vespers Series in Newark. Montague will be singing standards from her new recording Behind The Smile, which features pianist Mulgrew Miller.

Born and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague was drawn to the music by her mother who was always singing and sounded like Ella Fitzgerald. Montague’s interest was further jumpstarted by her dad. “On Saturdays my dad would drop me off at the Newark Public Library on his way to work. There I would listen to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.” Years later Montague met up with the renowned Etta Jones, who became her mentor. “She encouraged me when others were being uncool. She would say, ‘I hear it Annie. It is coming along, and it’s going to be wonderful. Not everybody wants you to sing like they did me. Keep doing it and don’t quit, or I will come back and haunt you.’”

Montague released her first CD, Pretty Blues, in 2006 featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, saxophonist Bill Easley, drummer Kenny Washington, and bassist Peter Washington—the same group of influential jazz players featured on the new release Behind The Smile. Montague has appeared on the cover of Jazz Improv NY Magazine and on two book covers of Who’s Who in Jazz, Cabaret and Music. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazzmobile’s Summer Breeze Concert Series, Zebra Room in Harlem’s famous Lenox Lounge, the Blue Note, Jazz Standard and more.

Antoinette’s album, Behind The Smile features a diverse repertoire of standards and originals including “What’s Going On,” “The Song Is You,” “Get Ready,” “Somewhere In The Night” as well the vocalist / composer’s original title song “Behind The Smile”. At the upcoming Jazz Vespers performance listeners get to hear Montague tap into her extensive repertoire and distinctive renditions of “What The World Needs Now,” “Creole Love Call,” “Rough and Ready Man,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” “God Bless the Child,” “On The Street Where You Live,” “Lady Be Good,” “I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart,” Duke Ellington’s “I Didn’t Know About You,” “East Of the Sun,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Swing It Brother Swing,” “Smack Dab In The Middle,” Mose Allison’s, "If You’ve Got Questions Ask Me Nice", Stevie Wonder’s, “Ribbon In the Sky and others.

For more information on Antoinette Montague’s performances and bookings, call 203-820-8819

or visit http://www.antoinettemontague.com.

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