Marcos Montes: History 

Spanish Version


Argentine singer Marcos Montes started out musically in 1986. He devoted himself to jazz, particularly to spirituals, gospel and blues in his early period, as part of vocal group Noval Spirituals. He ceaselessly sang in prestigious BA jazz clubs and on TV. In 1990 he took up acting and musical training. As from 1993 he performed on TV series and got deep into music studying vocal technique with José Crea and Myriam Toker, alongside piano and guitar playing. He stayed in New York for several months singing with Theo Bleckman and studying drama with Uta Hagen.


Back in BA he founded the Blow Back vocal jazz trio, with whom he gigged in jazz clubs, issuing Now’s the time, their debut album, in 2000, with such Argentine jazz lions as Walter Malosetti, Pepi Taveira, Lapo Gessaghi and Juan Cruz de Urquiza.


His crave for interpreting lyrics drew him from vocal groups and made him concentrate on a solo career, making him one of the few cases of male voices in jazz. Making use of staple songs –standards and bossa - nova classical works- he sang with his trio or just accompanying himself on piano and guitar, achieving an intimate and theatrical ambience, perfect to make his musical ideas come across.


He’s currently presenting Way down south, an album that combines sluggish ballads (For all we know, Once in a while) with up-tempo numbers (Tuxedo Junction, Pra que chorar), and his own readings of immortal classics (As time goes by, Tea for two) as well as songs by Argentine jazz maestro Sergio Mihanovich (Get out of my mind, Disappointed).


In Argentina he works as an actor and singer, both in theatre and movies.


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