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Amanda Monaco

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Guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Flushing Town Hall, and with artists such as Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and the Mingus Orchestra. She has released six albums to date and her current jazz projects include her eclectic quartet Deathblow, rambunctious organ quartet Glitter, and all-female jazz sextet Lioness. Her New Music ensemble The Pirkei Avot Project performs her original music with lyrics from selected verses (from a collection of rabbinical teachings with the same name) compiled in the third century C.E. Amanda’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) An educator since 1990, Amanda is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches private instruction, labs and guitar ensembles

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More Fall Releases, Jazz Birthdays, A Celebration of Carla Bley & More

Read "More Fall Releases, Jazz Birthdays, A Celebration of Carla Bley & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Angelica Sanchez, Nabou Claerhout Trombone Ensemble, Ramona Horvath, the Affinity Trio (Eric Jacobson, Clay Shaub, Pamela York), with birthday shoutouts to lyricist Dory Previn, Andy Bey, Emily Braden, Dame Cleo Laine, Magos Herrera, Amanda Monaco, Beat poet Fran Landesman (Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most), Dianne Reeves and ...

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Mischief Night - New Releases, Jazz Scorpios and More New Standards By Women

Read "Mischief Night - New Releases, Jazz Scorpios and More New Standards By Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Richard Baratta, Diana Panton, Kerry Politzer, Tawanda, Carmen Lundy, JD Allen and Roberta Donnay, with birthday shoutouts to Andy Bey, Magos Herrera, Allison Miller, Amanda Monaco and Jay Clayton, among others. Also Part 5 of selections from Terri Lyne Carrington's New Standards 101 Lead Sheets by Women featuring compositions by ...

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New Releases, Halloween Jazz Plus A Celebration of Jay Clayton's 80th Birthday

Read "New Releases, Halloween Jazz Plus A Celebration of Jay Clayton's 80th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Halloween with new releases from Arnie & Hudge (Arnt Arntzen and Jen Hodge), Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, bassist Dave Young and trombonist Nabou Claerhou with birthday shoutouts to Jay Clayton (80 years young), Amanda Monaco, Julia Lee and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their ...

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Women Be Wise - Celebrating Sippie Wallace, Allison Miller and More Jazz Scorpios

Read "Women Be Wise - Celebrating Sippie Wallace, Allison Miller and More Jazz Scorpios" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast continues our celebration of Jazz Scorpios with birthday shoutouts to drummer Allison Miller, guitarist Amanda Monaco, pianist Andy Bey, vocalists Julie Kelly, Kristen Korb, Ethel Waters, Carmen Lundy and Sippie Wallace, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.

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Lioness: Pride and Joy

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Mad Time; Sunny Day Pal; Jelly; Down for the Count; You Don't Say; Think; Ida Lupino; Identity; Mocha Spice; Hurry Up and Wait; Sweety; Funky Girl

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We Grow Accustomed to the Dark

Read "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This early November broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Andrea Superstein, Marsha Bartenetti, Ben Sidran and pianist Julia Hulsmann with birthday shout outs to guitarist Amanda Monaco, trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Dawn Clement, plus vocalists Ethel Waters, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, K.D. Lang, Julie Kelly and Sarah Partridge, among others.

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Sweet And Low Down

Read "Sweet And Low Down" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A two hour broadcast with new releases from the legendary Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, guitarists Amanda Monaco and Doug MacDonald, a single from Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science and vocalists Claudia Villela and Kate Vargas, with birthday shout outs to George Gershwin, Lee Wiley (pictured) and Alison Wedding, among others. Also a preview ...

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The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe

Read "The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The voices of women who've been marginalized, demeaned, abused, and overlooked will no longer be silenced. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pulled the curtains back on deplorable actions and practices that have run rampant in all corners of society, the jazz world being no exception. With scandals airing out hidden truths at the Berklee College ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

Read "Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...


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