Jefferson Montoya The Man, The Myth, The Legend


By Informer Staff

After his performance on January 27, I had the chance to sit down with Mr. Jefferson Montoya. Originally from Price, Utah, a town with a population of only 8,402 people, J, as his friends like to call him, told the Informer that he had only learned the guitar in the summer of 2001.

He is trained in opera and jazz percussion and has toured countries such as Japan, Australia and England. When asked what it was like playing in other countries where there is somewhat of a language barrier, such as Japan, he had stated that they learn English in elementary school and are very eager to use it. He also stated that if you are black you are somewhat of a rock star already.

Mr. Montoya has two solo albums out already, “When In Roma” and “To Be Determined”, and is currently in the studio working on his third solo album “Pinocchio Wishes.” When asked how he came up with the name “Pinocchio Wishes” he said, “I have a theory that all relationships are filled with lies some more destructive than others and that some people wish they could lie like Pinocchio.” On that he is doing a whole album about the different lies in relationships.

During his set on January 27 at the Artisan Hotel he had stopped to tell a story about how a guy would show up on open mic night and never play but then later wrote an article talking negative about Mr. Montoya’s set. After Mr. Montoya read the article he wrote a song about it which he had performed that night at the Artisan.

When discussing cover songs he told the Informer that covers are key in Las Vegas if you are performing covers you’re working.

Not having any standing gigs, he told me that he found that Salt Lake City and Las Vegas were both hard to book. Fans rave about his music and his sets are something you must see with flair on guitar his sets are top notch.

If you would like to read more about him or hear some of his music please visit his web site at or check out his you tube channel at

He will be performing again Monday the February 7 at The Brass Lounge which is located at 425 Freemont Street from 6-9 pm.

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