Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith.
An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson.
Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.
In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him.
This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed "Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours.
Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times.
Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years! As an ardent student of the organ, it's no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well.
In addition to private students, classes and clinics, Tony has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled "Playing Jazz Hammond" that have become indispensable
for many serious students of the organ. Tony continues to expand his catalogue and has created MotherHenMusicEd.com.
He developed a system of giving lessons one on one online and gives lessons to students around the globe!
Presently, Tony maintains a very busy schedule that includes festival appearances , clinics, and workshops !
Web Site: www.b3monaco.com
Max Tempia is a one-of-a-kind musician, he can play anything, anywhere at any time, his repertoire is virtually endless, the energy he puts on his playing is very inspiring and so encouraging,
he can turn a jazz concert into a complete show of imagery and sounds using just his own person.
Max started his career at a very young age, at 20 starts as a studio musician, recording keyboards in many italian pop records and TV adverts of the eighties. In 1989 he starts working at the italian
television with the Dino Siani orchestra. That same year he starts working for Korg, first as a consultant and then as their official international demonstrator.
Some of the most famous Korg synthesizers and arrangers of the 90's still keep a track of his collaboration.
In 2001 he starts playing in the Demo Morselli Big Band, an orchestra still active today that plays in famous italian TV shows.
In 2009 Max starts his collaboration with Casio as their prime italian endorser and demostrator for the Privia digital piano line.
That same year Max starts his collaboration with Crumar as a precious demonstrator, consultant and, most importantly, as an incomparable friend.
Web Site: www.maxtempia.it
For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard
for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at
their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become
a byword for distinguished British creativity.
James Taylor himself is famous for his funky groovin' Hammond sound and he has
never played anything other than a genuine vintage tonewheel Hammond organ on the stage.
Until now. He now chose to use the Crumar Mojo as his only live organ rig whenever
a genuine vintage Hammond organ is not easily reachable.
Read more on: www.jtq.co.uk
Frank Montis grew up in a music-loving family. Frank was exposed to the sounds, groove and feel of the hammond greats at an early age.
After working as a session musician and playing with a piano trio for a couple of years he was asked to record Hammond organ and
vocals on a track of the Dutch formation The Jazzinvaders.
For some time Frank had been writing his own poppy/jazzy songs in the background and due to his collaboration with the Jazzinvaders he met saxophone
player Rolf Delfos and they started a group called DelMontis in 2010. Before
releasing their first album in 2011 Frank started playing with the Dutch group The Soul Snatchers and Laura Vane & The Vipertones with the UK based soul
and funk singer Laura Vane, which resulted in a couple of albums with Frank on vintage keys and the organ of course.
In September 2011 'Straightforward Fasciation' by DelMontis was released with Frank's songs, vocals, keys and a guest appearance of Laura Vane on the
title track and early 2014, Frank was asked to join the well-known Dutch group 'Gare Du Nord' as co-composer and keyboardist. In the meantime Frank's
fascination with the Hammond organ has grown to a level where feels that he wants to specialize in mainly playing the organ, mixing the groove and feel
of the music he grew up with and other influences he was exposed to, throughout his life.
Frank has tried and played almost every tonewheel organ simulation keyboard that was available in the past 15-20 years and eventually he ended up with
the one that fulfilled his needs as an organ player the most: Crumar Mojo!
Read more on: www.frankmontis.com
Pete Whittaker is a jazz organist based in London, UK. Originally a
piano player, he migrated to organ after hearing the classic 1950s
&60s Jimmy Smith records.
As a result of immersing himself in the sound world of Jimmy Smith,
Larry Young, Groove Holmes, Jack mcDuff, Jimmy McGriff etc., Pete has
chosen to continue his musical journey in this hard-bop, soul jazz,
After some years of touring with rock bands, Pete now focusses on jazz
and is currently involved in projects with some of the UK’s leading
musicians. These include Theo Travis’ Double Talk, The Filthy Six,
John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits, Zoe Schwarz’ Blue Commotion and others.
Despite his deep love of the vintage Hammond tonewheel consoles, Pete
has always had one eye on the digital clones, though none have
impressed him as much for authenticity as the Crumar Mojo which he now
plays on the vast majority of his gigs and several recent recordings.
Read more on: www.pete-whittaker.com
Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician, and is the "go-to" organist in the Midwest.
His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after side-man with artists as varied as
jazz and soul artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Adam Larson,
and Marcus Lewis, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and Tower of Power drummer Ron E. Beck.
In 2015, Towne played organ on the track "Push" for the album "Velvet Portraits" by Terrace Martin,
which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for "Best R&B" album. Mitch says about the Mojo: "I've been a Mojo owner from the very beginning.
I've tried every clone and the only one that gets me 'there' is the Mojo. It has the best sound and feel of any clone and I often use
the electric piano patches as well, which makes it the only instrument I need for a lot of gigs."
Hear Mitch playing on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mitch-towne
Originally from South Florida, Carey Frank is now living in Los Angeles, CA. He is fortunate to be an active musician, working as a soloist and with various other musicians, genres, and groups.
He has worked with the likes of Marty Morell, Ndugu Chancler, Marshall Tucker Band, Eric Marienthal, Jane Monheit, Munyungo Jackson, Lenny Picket, T Lavitz, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Josh Smith, Eric Gales, Drake Bell, and Bob Mintzer.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Carey had a residency with Cirque de Soleil and Walt Disney World. After studying privately with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Carey received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida.
He later received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, studying with Russell Ferrente (Yellowjackets), Alan Pasqua, and Peter Erskine, and taking lessons out of school with Larry Goldings.
While completing the final semester of his Masters, Carey released his self-produced debut album, "Keep Smiling", a #1 best seller on Amazon Music in Cool Jazz.
The album is also available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and in physical copy.
Currently, Carey is an active Los Angeles and touring performing artist, recording artist, arranger, composer, and teacher.
You can see him performing solo piano, organ, keyboards, and ukulele as well as performing with his bands, Strangers On a Saturday Night, Rumproller Organ Trio, The Organ Donors, and The White Blinds,
as well as with current groups such as Lucy Woodward, Aubrey Logan, Josh Smith, and Phat Cat Swingers. More info at www.careyfrank.com
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