Amanda Monaco

Amanda Monaco


Amanda Monaco's music is inspired by the entire jazz oeuvre, from bebop to the avant-garde, with other flavors thrown in for good measure. A national touring act, she has performed at festivals such as the JVC Jazz Festival and other important venues in the United States.


A student of Ted Dunbar, Gene Bertoncini, and Adam Rogers, playing guitar has led Amanda Monaco to perform at the Blue Note, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Tonic, Joe’s Pub, and the JVC Jazz Festival, as well as other venues in the United States and Europe. Amanda has recorded several CDs as both a leader and a sideman, and has shared the stage with musicians such as Milt Hinton, Norah Jones, Steve Wilson, Ada Rovatti, Michael Blake, Michael Sarin, Ed Schuller, Harvie S, Michael Jefry Stevens, and Matt Wilson. As an educator, Amanda has served on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, New School University, and the National Guitar Workshop; has recorded fifty jazz guitar instructional videos for the innovative web site WorkshopLive; and is the author of Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing). Amanda received a B.M. degree from William Paterson University in 1996, and a M.A. from The City College of New York in 2008.

BabySue calls Amanda "a musicaholic... she may also be one of the truly unique jazz voices of the 21st century." Her second CD as a leader, Intention (Innova Recordings, 2007) has been described as "chock full of thoughtful, provocative compositions rendered with strong conviction" (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes). Projects as a leader/co-leader include her post-modern (yet quieter than the name suggests) group Deathblow with saxophonist Michaël Attias, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Satoshi Takeishi, her swinging quintet, Playdate, which includes saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and pianist Noah Baerman; and her quartet am4. As a sideman, Amanda works with the composer/arranger Joe Phillips and the bandleader JC Hopkins, among others.



- I Think I’ll Keep You (LateSet Records, 2009)

- Playdate featuring Wayne Escoffery (Posi-tone Records; scheduled release Spring 2009)

- Intention (innova recordings; 2007)

- amanda monaco 4 (genevieve records; 2004)


- Vipassana
Joe Phillips's Numinous + (innova recordings; to be released in 2009)

- Open Window
Mike Cohen (Mike Cohen Music; 2006)

- Soul Force
Noah Baerman (Lemel Records; 2003)

- Teki-Yah: The High Holy Days
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (2002)

- Halailah Hazeh: The Music of Pesah
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (2001)

Set List

Sets are 50-60 minutes in length, and mostly consist of original compositions by Amanda Monaco. Concerts can be 1-2 sets long.