Antoinette Montague “has a powerful voice and she’s not afraid to use it, belting out the more up-tempo songs and bringing soulful underlying emotion to the quieter songs.”
“The lady has a gutsy voice that can belt out a blues or whisper a love song.”
—William Ruhlmann, The Online Guide To All Music
by John E. Brathwaite, Sunday February 8, 2009
A trim, chic, and glamorous Antoinette Montague gave a terrific performance at the PJS Jazz Society’s February Second Sunday Jazz Series last night. She sang everything from the John Lennon’s “Imagine,” to “The Twenty Third Psalm” with lots of solid material in-between.
Accompanying Ms. Montague were Bill Easley the versatile reed man, who played tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute. On piano was Tommy James, a Mount Vernon native who is the musical director of the Ellington Orchestra. Hassan Shakur who started playing professionally at the tender age of thirteen, and now plays for Monty Alexander and the Ellington Orchestra was on bass. Lastly, Vince Ector was on the drum set. He has played with a wide range of jazz performers including the late Freddie Hubbard, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Grover Washington, Jr. Gloria Lynne, and Shirley Scott. You get the idea.
One sad note of the evening was the announcement of the passing of Hank Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman who had performed last year for the Second Sunday Jazz Series. That sadness was compounded by the announcement that the (retired) Reverend Clinton Glen, the founder of The Presbyterian Jazz Society, now known as PJS Jazz Society, had passed away a few days prior to the concert.
© 2017 Antoinette Montague