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Dan Monaghan

Mansfield, PA, native Dan Monaghan is one of the busiest drummers in the Philadelphia area. After studying classical percussion for eight years he went on to earn a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from Temple University. Since then he has performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Uri Caine, and Randy Brecker. In addition, he has recorded with Dick Oatts, Garry Dial, Joe Magnarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Elio Villafranca, Joanna Pascale, John Vanore & Abstract Truth, Larry McKenna, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, Norman David, Tom Tallitsch, Mike Kennedy, and many others. 


World On A String

Label: BCM&D Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: I've Got The World On a String; But Beautiful; I Love You, Samantha; Emily; Dreamsville; Stimpin at the Savoy; Somewhere in the Night (Naked City Theme); Samba De Else; What is There to Say.


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


Article: Live Review

Norman David and Group 4 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Norman David and Group 4 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Norman David and Group 4 Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 25, 2023 Norman David is a saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator par excellence, and for many years has directed his high-powered larger ensemble, the Eleventet, first in Boston, then at Colby College in Maine, and for ...


Article: Live Review

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2022 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2022 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 12, 2022 In the course of the years, it has always been a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the past seventeen of those years, her special ...


Article: Album Review

The Dave Wilson Quartet: Stretching Supreme

Read "Stretching Supreme" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Stretching Supreme, his seventh album as leader of his own ensembles, saxophonist Dave Wilson pays homage to a musical hero-- the legendary John Coltrane--performing a trio of Coltrane's classic themes from his late-career “transitional" period, “A Love Supreme," “Dear Lord" and “Naima," recorded in October 2017 at Chris' Jazz Café in Philadelphia; “A Love Supreme" ...


Stretching Supreme

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Love Supreme: Intro to Part 1, Acknowledgement; Part 1, Acknowledgement; Part 2, Resolution; On the Prairie; Days of Wine and Roses; Dear Lord; Naima.



Label: TT Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Let's Go!; Message; Zipline; Bubble; Fearless; Dusk; Mablestates; In The Weeds; Moon.


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Orange Colored Sky [6:20] (Milton DeLugg & Wille Stein) 2. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles [4:27] (John Kellette & Jaan Kenbrovin) 3. Give Me The Simple Life [4:11] (Rube Bloom & Harry Ruby) 4. Stardust [7:45] (Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish) 5. Easy to Love  [3:03] (Cole Porter) 6. What's The Use of Getting Sober [5:38] (Busby Meyers) 7. You Go to My Head [3:40] (J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie) 8. Show Me The Way to Go Home [4:23] (James Campbell & Reginald Connelly)


Article: Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. ...


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