Java Jazz Festival's fans might be familiar with this artist. Tony Monaco is one of the regulars that play in the festival. Tony Monaco is an American jazz organist but before switching to organ, he used to play accordion from childhood and was heavily influenced by Jimmy Smith in his youth. He switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith play the instrument and later received personal mentoring from Smith. In the early 2000s, he recorded his debut album in collaboration with Joey DeFrancesco, A New Generation: Paesanos on the New B3 which reached number 18 on Jazzweek's Top 100 for the year 2003 and began releasing material on Summit Records. Tony Monaco's career continued in the 2000s with frequent touring and performances with guitarist Pat Martino. His most commercially successful album was East to West which reached number 4 on Jazzweek's Top 100 for the year 2006. He is also noted for his efforts in jazz education and holds the position Artist in Residence in Music at Hope College.