Posts Tagged ‘Rick Montalbano’

A Cavalier Attitude

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Vocalist Nancy Kelly (along with Rick Montalbano) kicked off the Jazz at the Cavalier, (Downtown Marriott). The 28 week cabaret series continues each Wednesday evening. The next vocalist will be Ronnie Leigh.

Sophisticated Lady

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Antoinette Montague, jazz vocalist, at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom

Antoinette Montague, mind jazz vocalist, at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom



Singer and Newark (aka Brick City)-native Antoinette Montague returned to Syracuse for this year’s Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation Black History Month Cabaret. Montague’s range includes jazz, blues and gospel. She sang several standards and also interpreted “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” but really moved the crowd with “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister).” 

The show hit a cresendo when Montague was joined on stage by wealth management professional Vicki Brackens for a duet.  Brackens was this year’s Cabaret sponsor.

Antoinette Montague sings with Vicki Brackens

Antoinette Montague sings with Vicki Brackens (left).

Montague was accompanied by Joe Carello (sax), Rick Montalbano (keys), Larry Luttinger (drums) and Darryl Pugh (bass). She closed the show with “When The Saints Go Marchin In.”

Antoinette Montague

Antoinette Montague