Jazz Woman to the Rescue!
Featured Performer Spotlight: Antoinette Montague
Internationally recognized jazz and blues vocalist Antoinette Montague brings her powerful and soulful voice to Universal Temple of the Arts' Staten Island JAZZ Festival 32!
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Antoinette Montague came from a home where there was always music. She has been mentored by some of the greats–Carrie Smith and Etta Jones–who taught her the ins and outs of life as a Jazz and Blues entertainer. Evoking the two great Ettas–Etta Jones and Etta James–as well as Blues star Carrie Smith and Jazz whisperer Shirley Horn, Antoinette shows tremendous range to her artistry. Her commitment to her audience is refreshing: her show is crafted to take listeners on a journey that embraces the power of Jazz history yet maintains the excitement of the present.
With her repertoire of swing, blues, bebop, storytelling, explosive excitement and entertainment, Antoinette Montague brings down the house every time she performs. Antoinette Montague has performed internationally at hundreds of venues, including as an artist for the U.S. State Department, the Blue Note, Birdland, Dizzys Club Coca Cola, Marcus Garvey Park, and more. She also performs and instructs for Jazz At Lincoln Center, Jazzmobile, and is an Adjunct Professor instructing Jazz History and Jazz and Blues vocals at MaryMount College in Midtown Manhattan.
Antoinette is the CEO of the Jazz Woman to the Rescue Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that encourages the public to give old instruments no longer in use to youth without the benefit of the arts in their schools. She has released several CDs, including collaborations with Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Washington, Danny Mixon, Winard Harper, Jay Hoggard, King Solomon Hicks and other greats with whom she surrounds herself. Her most recent releases are World Peace in the Key of Jazz and a children's CD, Jazz Woman to the Rescue.
Above: Antoinette Montague, Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph by Melanie Futorian.
Below: Antoinette Montague Performs with Danny Mixon Quartet at UTA's Staten Island JAZZ Festival 31 (2018). Photograph by Wink Photography/Willie Chu.