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.
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
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
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
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Tony Monaco Biography (pdf)
Tony Monaco Reviews (summary) (pdf)
Tony Monaco Interview (pdf)
Jazz Review of "East to West" (pdf)
of "East to West" (pdf)
"The Edinburgh Herald" (pdf)
B3" Trailer featuring Tony Monaco
Monaco's "Midnight Special"
Time" from "Live At The Orbit Room" (2008)
To Billy Joe" from "Live At The Orbit Room"
Close My Eyes" from "Live At The Orbit Room"
Jimmy" from "East to West" (Chicken Coup
Records 2006) (mp3)
da' Cat" from "East to West" (Chicken Coup
Records 2006) (mp3)
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