Tony Monaco With Oele Pattiselanno & Robby Eliezer



As enduring as it is well-documented, the Hammond B3 organ sound hardly needs explaining, but Tony Monaco goes a long way in reminding of its virtues. 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 this most fitting!" CriticalJazz Review. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime 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. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times. Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years! As an ardent student of the organ, it's no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well. In addition to private students, classes and clinics, Tony has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled "Playing Jazz Hammond" that have become indispensable for many serious students of the organ. Tony continues to expand his catalogue using most update technologies. He developed a system of giving lessons one on one online and gives lessons to students around the globe!  Tony is very proud and excited to be releasing his 13th international CD "Over and Over" on Chicken Coup Records January 2024!  Jazz Journalists Association just nominated Tony as one of 5 Keyboardist of the year along with such greats as Herbie Hancock!  Presently, Tony maintains a very busy schedule that includes festival appearances , clinics, and workshops