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Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

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AAJ: What are some of your current and upcoming projects?

DM: I'm very excited about The New Gypsies recording which I mentioned before. I joined with Miceli as well as Chico Huff on bass, and Vic Juris on guitar, a true master who was very gracious to join us. We made our own arrangements of some old French gypsy jazz tunes. We added a modern edge but tried to stay close to the original flavor and intention that makes those songs so great. Early French jazz, Django Reinhardt, "La Vie en Rose," those sorts of things. That'll be released soon.

AAJ: That's a great concept. How did you come up with that idea?

DM: Tony, Chico, and I have known each other for a long time, and we recently started working as a trio. We loved the chemistry between us, and we wanted to make a recording together. Around that time Tony was asked to do a performance of re-imagined old French jazz tunes. So we made some arrangements for the gig and invited Vic Juris to join us. Vic is into gypsy music, and a stream of beautiful music always flows from him all the time. We loved what we did together, and we decided to make a recording of it.

On another note, vocalist Joanna Pascal and I are going to hook up with the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra for some live performances and hopefully a recording. I've done four records with Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord with Jon Irabagon, Bryan Murray, and Moppa Elliott. We're going to follow up with another one soon. And generally, I'm trying to stay open to whatever might come up, being grateful for all of it, constantly growing and learning, being awed by all of it.

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