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Jazz organist Tony Monaco joins Appalachian’s Jazz Ensemble I Nov. 4

BOONE—Jazz, and plenty of it, is on tap Nov. 4 when organist Tony Monaco performs at Appalachian State University’s Jazz Ensemble I from the Hayes School of Music.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

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Monaco is known for his performances on a Hammond B3 organ. He will be joined by guitarist Andy Page from the Hayes School of Music and saxophonist Todd Wright, who directs the ensemble.

Monaco began working in jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio. He was later mentored by jazz organist Jimmy Smith and performed in Smith’s Los Angeles supper club. His performance schedule takes him across the U.S. and Canada.

Monaco will perform his compositions “I’ll Remember Jimmy,” “Hello Sergio,” “Indonesian Nights” and “Just Give Thanks and Praise,” in addition to compositions by Ralph Toombs, Frank Foster and Jimmy Smith.

The jazz ensemble will perform compositions by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.