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A resident of Long Island City since 2004, 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, Matt Wilson, Victor Lewis and Rufus Reid. She has released five albums to date and her current jazz projects include her eclectic quartet Deathblow, rambunctious organ trio Kiss the Leslie and chamber jazz trio Mo-Fi-Co. Monaco’s Pirkei Avot Project performs her original music with lyrics from selected verses of the Pirkei Avot, a collection of rabbinical teachings compiled in the third century C.E.
An educator since 1990, Monaco is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches private instruction, labs and guitar ensembles. Amanda’s book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide.
“Swinging, sophisticated postbop.” – Time Out New York
Amanda is the Artistic Director of Convergence Arts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to share the art and fun of improvisation with people of all ages. She is also a co-founder of the Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that stimulates a wider of awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough.