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Tony Monaco Trio featuring Howard Paul; Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tony Monaco Trio featuring Howard Paul
Thursday, February 13
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“Tony Monaco burns…” – Critical Jazz.com

Tony Monaco’s reputation as a master of the Hammond B-3 organ has been on the upward swing for sometime now. Over his career he has performed, or recorded, with a number of top jazz artists, including gigs with Sonny Fortune, Jon Faddis, and George Benson. More recently, he toured internationally with guitar legend Pat Martino. His musical compadre, Howard Paul, is a veteran guitarist whose performing experience includes concerts and recordings with Oliver Nelson, Jr., Bob James, and Joey De Francesco, among other top players. Together, in the classic Hammond organ format, these two melodically-driven performers perform music from their CD, Tony Monaco & Howard Paul: New Adventures.

Tony Monaco grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with an affinity for music. He began playing the accordion at age eight. At age twelve, after hearing Hammond B-3 legend Jimmy Smith perform, he knew he wanted to become a jazz organist. Columbus had a very active club scene at the time and was home to organists Don Patterson and Hank Marr, from whom Monaco received mentoring and encouragement. Monaco cites a long list of organists, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes, and Jimmy McGriff as having inspired his own approach to the keyboard. For many years, Monaco lived a dual life working in the food brokerage industry and raising a family with his wife, all the while playing gigs and developing himself into a top-flight musician. He also became an educator, as well, mentoring to new students of the instrument. In 2000, Hammond B-3 wizard Joey DeFrancesco produced Monaco’s debut CD, Burnin’ Grooves, which catapulted Monaco on to the international music scene. He followed up with two more acclaimed recordings before recording his most recent, Celebration: Life, Love, Music, a double CD release of his original compositions.

Howard Paul, like Tony Monaco, began playing music at a young age. The Atlantic City native got started studying the guitar at age four. He ‘discovered’ jazz at age ten and was playing semi-professionally by his early teens. In his twenties, Howard’s collegiate and career path diverged away from music. He obtained a BA in Political Science before heading off for a long stint in the U.S. Army, eventually becoming a Major before leaving the service in 1995 to work on the Olympics, and then head into an extended stay in the business world as an executive. But Paul never stopped playing music and his love of the guitar brought him around, full circle, to his current position as CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Paul’s performing resume is extensive having recorded or performed with Ben Tucker, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Tom Scott, among many other major jazz artists. His most recent recording is a duo session with pianist Bob James entitled Just Friends. With Tony Monaco, Howard’s unique seven-string guitar finds an artistic “comrade-in-arms” to ignite and revitalize the classic organ trio format.

Tony Monaco Trio featuring Howard Paul


DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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