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Tony Monaco

Tony Monaco is one of the hot new breed of Hammond B3 organ players making the jazz scene these days.  Influenced by Jimmy Smith, Hank Marr, Don Patterson, Jimmy McGriff, and Richard “Groove” Holmes, Tony is now taking the B3 to new exciting dimensions.  Tony’s fourth album “A New Generation: Paesanos on the New B3”, features the brand new Hammond B3 and special guests The Joey DeFrancesco Trio.  Festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs all agree – Tony Monaco knows how to excite a crowd. 

Tony Monaco has been playing music since he was eight years old. When he was twelve, he was given a Jimmy Smith album and instantly knew that jazz organ was his calling.  He was influenced by hometown organists such as Hank Marr and Don Patterson.  On Tony's sixteenth birthday, he received a return phone call from Jimmy Smith. Jimmy Smith continued to give Tony Jazz Organ secrets over the phone.

In April 2000, Tony met Jazz Organ phenomenon Joey DeFrancesco while Joey was playing in Columbus, Ohio. The two of them became instant friends. Joey recognized Tony’s talents right away and offered to produce a CD for him. They recorded Burnin Grooves with Byron Landham on drums and Paul Bollenback on guitar. He also recorded a few tracks with Joey, who was on either piano or trumpet.  Tony's recording "Burnin Grooves" sparked international attention.

Tony's second national release Master Chops T (Summit – September 2001), was featured in the March 2002 issue of Jazz Times with a full page article, the June Issue of Jazziz, and the August Issue of Downbeat. Master Chops T climbed into the top 10 on the Jazz radio charts.

Tony's 3rd national release Intimately Live at the 501 (Summit - October 2002) climbed the Jazz Radio Charts to # 15.   East to West (Chicken Coup Records – March 2006) spent eighteen weeks on the Jazz Radio Charts with a full two months in the Top 10.

Without a doubt, people are listening and grooving to the exciting organ riffs of Tony Monaco.

Note: all of the documents, audio and video samples below can be downloaded and used in your publicity by opening the item and then saving to your computer.  Or you can copy the link and use the link on your website by right clicking on the link and then selecting "Copy link location".

> Tony Monaco Biography (pdf)
> Tony Monaco Reviews (summary) (pdf)
> Tony Monaco Interview (pdf)
> All About Jazz Review of "East to West" (pdf)
> Jazz Review of "East to West" (pdf)
> Concert Review "The Edinburgh Herald" (pdf)

Hi-Res Pictures
Hi-res Picture # 1

Video Samples

youtube "Killer B3" Trailer featuring Tony Monaco
youtube Tony Monaco's "Midnight Special"
youtube Tony Monaco EPK

Audio Samples

orbit room "S'bout Time" from "Live At The Orbit Room" (2008) (mp3)

orbit room "Ode To Billy Joe" from "Live At The Orbit Room" (2008) (mp3)

orbit room "I'll Close My Eyes" from "Live At The Orbit Room" (2008) (mp3)

East to West

> "I'll Remember Jimmy" from "East to West" (Chicken Coup Records 2006) (mp3)

East to West

> "Roz da' Cat" from "East to West" (Chicken Coup Records 2006) (mp3)

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