Welcome

       Welcome to the Monterisi Music Stove. I created this space to share info and news about a few of the music and band projects I'm working on, and let you in on what's cooking in my musical world. The site has pages dedicated to the Boston "big band" Jane's Great Dane, and 32 North, "an American string band, made in Maine." There's a page to report on Finntown Road, a new (2020) Maine project. I will also update sightings and happenings with the venerable soul band Hipsocket, the A Team Band, and other music adventures. There are some pix, a virtual store, and a bit of blogging about recent gigs. Of course, I will provide information about seeing friends and me live, recordings and contacting me to hire these bands.

     Please feel free to contact me at john.monterisi@gmail.com with questions or comments.

    Thank you for visiting the Stove and please return often!

    Yours in music,
    John 

Mom's stove

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Cork & Country Cocktail Band (1 day only!)

So much fun playing a sweet wedding with Brian, Cap'n Frank and Logan on September 18, '22. And "everyone LOVED the music."

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I am super-happy to present two new original tunes, Cheryl Ann and Wouldn't Do You Wrong. They were recorded at Den Studios this spring, 2022 with a crackerjack band: Bob ("Bo Coo") Cooper (keys), Jeff Garmel (tenor and bari sax,) Lou Serio (drums), John Cajolet (bass), Alex Rogers (trumpet), Doug Batchelder (bu vox) and yours truly singin' and playing guitars. Listen at the "Listen & Watch" page. 

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Six tunes--- Chelsea Rosa, Playin' in the Street, One or Two, Good to be Queen, Shoulda Been Love and Fingersnap of Time --- are now streaming on Spotify, Napster, Apple Music, Pandora and other services. Access by The A Team Band, my name or Swinging at Sunset. Here is a proposed advert for Spotify (1/6/22).

32 North in 2022

We've just added 8 dates to our 2022 calendar for three of our fave Maine venues. Please check the "Shows" page for deets. Hope to see you! (1/3/22)

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"Monterisi (n)  A device which allows for intricate musical arrangements while eliminating fanfare and attention to itself. Monterisis have been popular among European circuses since the Middle Ages, which required strong orchestral underpinnings, while the audiences concentrated on the activities of elephants, tigers, sword-swallowers and the like. Monterisis have been used by NASA on three lunar missions." --- Dan Bern, October '21

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Below is an elementary video for an original tune called EmmaLynn. We recorded it this summer (2021) at the lake in Maine. Band is Gary McCue (guitar), Michael Sevon (drums), Logan Sampson (violin) and Roger Selverstone (mando). Roger passed a few weeks ago, and I am happy to have this recording of him. Extra points if you can guess who painted the woman looking out her window.

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