“Seattle native, Las Vegas Strip veteran and now a fully acclimated New Orleanian, pianist/vocalist Monty Banks is a refreshing blast from the past…”
– Dean Shapiro
New Orleans Breakthru Media Magazine, 2015
Monty Banks is an authentic professional, experienced, award winning singer, pianist, bandleader, and entertainer. His musical style is an entertaining mix of Rat Pack Era Swing, Traditional Jazz, and New Orleans R&B. He lives in Seattle every summer (June, July, August, September), and in New Orleans the rest of the year (October through May). Staying in Seattle every summer allows him to spend time with friends and family, as well as playing music for private functions and wedding receptions, with additional public appearances. Recent and upcoming venues include the Sorrento Hotel, The Pink Door, Vito’s, The Royal Room, and the Seattle Space Needle.
When in New Orleans, Monty can be heard in the French Quarter, twice weekly at the award winning Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (previous operator of the lovely Bombay Club), and every week at the historic Little Gem Saloon, and at Mahogany Jazz Hall. Monty also plays regularly in the fashionable Frenchmen Street Music District, at Three Muses, the Apple Barrel, and the Spotted Cat.
Monty’s adventures in music have taken him from New York City, to his native Seattle, to Las Vegas, to cruise ships, Indian Casinos, and now the city where jazz was born. “I love mixing the swingin’ sensibilities of Frank Sinatra, with the syncopating blues of Jelly Roll Morton, when combined with the upbeat, Creole boogie of Fats Domino,” he says. “That’s the right recipe for my kind of good times music!”