Jazz on Sunday
Tony Monaco

Concert: 3-5 pm
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6-7 pm

Tony Monaco

with Louka Patenaude (guitar) and Dave Bayles (percussion)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Brink Lounge


"Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. Tony Monaco burns is ...most fitting!" --Critical Jazz Review 2012.

Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight, on the accordion. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. On Tony's sixteenth birthday, his prayers were answered. He received an encouraging phone call from Jimmy Smith, who soon became his Mentor/ Teacher. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California--a peak experience for Tony.

In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed "Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. This success was followed by two more releases for Summit Records that received critical acclaim and significant sales, charting in the Jazzweek Top 10. In September 2003, Summit Records released "A New Generation”, a unique recording featuring both Tony's and Joey DeFrancesco's Trios.


Presently, Tony maintains the busiest world touring schedule imaginable, including festival appearances, clinics and workshops. In 2007, Tony celebrated a special anniversary, celebrating 40 years as a musician and appearing on the cover of Keyboard Magazine. April 2012, Tony released "Celebration Life * Love * Music”, a two disc set of all originals as he continues to Celebrate his Musical gifts and shares his gifts to everyone.




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