Friday, August 14, 2009


O organista de jazz Tony Monaco nasceu no 14 de agosto de 1959 em Columbus,Ohio. Uma das maiores honras na vida de um musico é ser avaliado pelo críticos e leitores da revista Down Beat. Em 2005 isso aconteceu na carreira de Tony, em dose dupla, pois foi avaliado também, e da mesma forma, desta feita envolvendo os críticos e leitores da Jazztimes que o consideraram em quarto lugar entre os melhores organistas dos Estados Unidos. Isso deixou Tony vaidoso e agradecido a Deus.

Tony começou com o acordeom com oito anos de idade. Aos doze anos ganhou um álbum de Jimmy Smith e instantaneamente descobriu que seu dom era para se tornar um grande organista. Iniciou-se tocando na noite de Columbus enquanto tomava lições no orgão Hammond B3. Sua influencia inicial foi de organistas locais como Hank Marr e Don Petterson. Mas o seu fascínio pelo órgão o levou a conhecer a musica das lendas do instrumento como Jimmy McGriff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff e Dr, Lonnie Smith que eram para ele, fontes inesgotáveis de inspiração.

Quando completou 16 anos recebeu um telefonema do próprio Jimmy Smith que passou a lhe dar dicas musicais sobre órgão, enquanto Tony tocava em Columbus. Ao completar 29 anos, uniu-se ao grupo de Jimmy em Los Angeles. O resto é a história de uma brilhante carreira que continua a se desenvolver.
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Jazz organist Tony Monaco was born August 14,1959 in Columbus,Ohio. One of the greatest honors in a Jazz Musician's life is to be voted in the Downbeat Magazine Critics polls and readers polls. In 2005, Tony was blessed to be a voted in both polls and in January 2006, he was also voted by Jazztimes Readers as being in the top 4! Not only is Tony proud of these wonderful accomplishments, he is once again, humbled as he realized that these things only happen because of the great gifts that God gave him!

Tony started playing the accordion when 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. Tony began to play in Jazz night clubs around Columbus, Ohio while he was still learning the art of the Hammond B3 organ. He was influenced by hometown Organists such as Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Tony's newfound fascination led him to jazz organ legends Jimmy McGriff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Here He found an unlimited source of inspiration; he just couldn't get enough!

On Tony's sixteenth birthday, he received a phone call from Jimmy Smith. This was a great honor and really boosted his enthusiasm as an organist. Jimmy Smith continued to give Tony Jazz Organ secrets over the phone while Tony was playing around Columbus. When he was twenty, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play with him at his club in Woodland Hills L.A., California. An experience Tony would never forget; Tony finally got to play in front of the master of the Jazz Organ. Tony has also been fortunate to spend some time learning from Hank Marr, Bobby Pierce and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
In April 2000, Tony met Jazz Organist 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. Tony was thrilled at this wonderful opportunity. He flew out to Joey's house in Arizona to begin recording the CD Burnin Grooves. Tony recorded 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.

In 2005, Tony traveled extensively as Fiery blues out sold all of Tony's previous releases. Borders books picked up Fiery Blues as part of a special in store promotion . Tony toured the US, Australia, New Caledonia, and Canada. Returning home in September after a 10 day tour of Australia, Tony recorded his newest CD “East to West” on his newly formed “Chicken Coup” Records using Adam Nussbaum on drums and Bruce Forman on Guitar.
Reference - AAJ
Tradução - Humberto Amorim

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