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Enjoy the ride and sit back and relax to the sounds of “Glitter” by Amanda Monaco

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I first met guitarist, composer, and educator Amanda Monaco when she played in my hometown early in the new Millenium as a member of The Lascivious Biddies, a quartet that combined witty lyrics, strong vocals, and sharp musicianship. Turned out that Ms. Monaco has grown up in nearby Wallingford CT and had been schoolmates with tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and pianist Noah Baerman. After leavi ...Read More

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April 24th, 2017 at 12:38 pm

All About Jazz says all that “GLITTER”s is gold on Amanda Monaco’s new one

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The multi-talented Mae West once said that “personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.” West, of course, thrived in a different era, worked in different formats, and was more than likely addressing another artistic discipline entirely with that specific statement. But those remarks ...Read More

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April 12th, 2017 at 10:03 am

An insightful review of our record “Playdate” (featuring Amanda Monaco, Wayne Escoffery, Noah Baerman, Vinnie Sperazza and Henry Lugo) taken from the pen of AAJ writer John Barron…

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Playdate brings together a trio of long time friends and musical collaborators. Guitarist Amanda Monaco, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and pianist Noah Baerman have known each other since high school, studying music together at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. The ensemble is rounded out by bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza for a lively quintet set of ori ...Read More

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April 5th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Dan Bilawsky’s AAJ review for “Playdate” featuring Amanda Monaco, Wayne Escoffery, Noah Baerman, Vinnie Sperrazza, Henry Lugo….

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by Dan Bilawsky www.allaboutjazz.com While children spend after school-hours and weekends working on homework and spending time with their families, they also have play dates. They get together with other like-minded friends to let loose and blow off some steam. Musicians often do the same thing and, appropriately enough, three of the five performers on Playdate have been friends since high school ...Read More

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April 5th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

A nice write-up for Playdate taken from the Audiophile Audition…..

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audad.com By Daniel Krow Playdate – Playdate – Posi-Tone Records PR8055, 49:23 ****: (Wayne Escoffery, tenor and soprano saxophone; Noah Baerman, piano;Amanda Monaco, guitar; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums, Henry Lugo, acoustic bass) Playdate is made up of three high school friends (Noah Baerman, Wayne Escoffery, and Amanda Monaco, who all attended the jazz program at New Haven’s Educat ...Read More

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April 1st, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Review of Playdate from allmusic.com

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www.allmusic.comby Ken Dryden Playdate is a reunion of three childhood friends, pianist Noah Baerman, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, and guitarist Amanda Monaco. Though Baerman is listed first on the cover, this project, which includes drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and bassist Henry Lugo, feels more like a collective project, with no one musician appearing dominant. Escoffrey is likely the most familiar ...Read More

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May 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm