John Montesante is a passionate Australian jazz trumpet, arranger and band-leader
John Montesante's first musical passion has always been Jazz. He came to national
attention in Australia as a singular Jazz Musician, Composer and Arranger in his twenties,
but due to the relatively small 'scene' at that time, needed to diversify to survive as a
professional musician...doing session work, playing in various big bands, touring bands,
show orchestras and TV show bands.
As arranger, composer and trumpet, he founded Oz's authentic Afro-American Soul Music
Extravaganza, the 13 piece Grand WaZoo - in 1981, which still performs today. Then, he
introduced his 20 piece Big Band, JM's Café Society Orchestra, and in 1990, his modern
jazz combo, John Montesante Quintet (JMQ), performing BeBop & Standards with the best
players in the country. During 2013 John formed an expanded 10 x piece version of the
jazz band, to breathe life into his new dedicated jazz arrangements. This outfit is called
John Montesante Dectet. He performs with his bands.
John was an expert Jazz Educator for many years, with some of his initiatives
included in the Jazz Curriculum. Available for Festivals, Concerts, Venues, Corporate
and Private events, Montesante's bands are reputed for their musical quality and