Take Five With Antoinette Montague
Your teaching approach:
Envoke your will to sing. Love what you are doing and find the connection from inside of you.
Your dream band:
Been working with them and recording with them. Recording was Mulgrew Miller, Bill Easley, Peter Washington and Kenny Washington Working band, Tommy James (p), Bill Easley, Hasahn Shakur (b) (or Michael Max Flemming), Payton Crawsley (d) (would like to work with Wynton Marsalis).
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Paying a cat twice and forgetting to pay the other one.
Dizzy's is my favorite. Too late at night and they pull the plug.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker at Carnegie Hall;
Count Basie, If I Should Lose You;
Louis Armstrong, Shiny Stockings;
Antoinette Montague, Behind the Smile.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
by Louis Armstrong.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Art, good singing, support, controversy and conversation. Better Compensation.
Did you know...
Though nice, don't get it twisted.
CDs you are listening to now:
Original tunes sent to me to consider by Norman Simmons, Jimmy Heath's Big Band recording, Bill Easley's Business Man's Bounce, Lynette Washington's upcoming Kaleidoscope, and Behind the Smile by Antoinette Montague.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Still full of possibilities. If we would truly unite and support it. Pappa Joe Jones said something: "There is not a problem the musicians have that they cannot solve amongst themselves."
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Open minded creativity. Gig opportunities in unconventional places. Humanity, integrity
What is in the near future?
Jazzmobile, Bigger festivals.