“A cliché-free, inventive player who doesn’t neatly fit
into any of the usual modes of contemporary jazz guitar playing.” —Jazz Times.
Amanda Monaco, guitar.
Jason Gillenwater, tenor sax.
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass.
Jeff Davis, drums.
$20 suggested (cash or Venmo at the door, please).
Acclaimed guitarist Amanda Monaco is traveling from NYC out to the west coast with drummer Jeff Davis to perform with Bay Area-based musicians Jason Gillenwater (saxophones) and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass). Friends and musical colleagues for over 25 years, the quartet’s reunion will be celebrated on November 3rd at Bird & Beckett.
Here’s an original composition from her 2017 Posi-Tone Records release, Glitter, with Lauren Sevian on bari sax, Gary Versace on organ and Matt Wilson on drums: Amanda Monaco – Dry Clean Only Details here: https://www.posi-tone.com/artist_monaco/artist_monaco.html
Get the complete picture from Amanda’s website: https://amandamonaco.com/about/
As for critical acclaim:
“Monaco’s guitar playing is well within the modernist canon, but quite distinctive: her phrasing is often made up of tartly dissonant chords and insistent yet off-kilter repetitions that remind one of Grant Green by way of Andrew Hill… her playing is utterly unique, a breath of fresh air in the cookie-cutter climes of both mainstream and free jazz.”
Clifford Allen, The New York City Jazz Record
“One of the truly unique voices in twenty-first century jazz.”
“Impressive chops and a penchant for adventure.”
Time Out New York
“Monaco combines patience, an ear for texture, and an introspective, intellectual feel.”
“Amanda Monaco’s compositions take some time to absorb; consider them to be a multi-course gourmet meal for a jazz fan’s ears, rather than the all-too-common bland, empty calorie fast food that attempts to pass for creative improvised music.”
All Music Guide
“Amanda is certainly carving her own space in New York as an energetic creative musician. She is highly respected for her excellence as a creative jazz improviser and performer.”
A crisply resourceful guitarist…playfully restive compositions.”
The New York Times
“A wonderful jazz guitar sorceress”
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
“A cliché-free, inventive player who doesn’t neatly fit into any of the usual modes of contemporary jazz guitar playing.”
“…a serious multi-faceted composer capable of complex compositions and differing personas…”
All About Jazz – New York
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