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Luba Lesser sings Sunday at January JazzFest at Mohegan Manor

— Ticket prices for the January JazzFest cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $15 for students; moheganmanor.com; 479-JAZZ.

Monaco at the Manor

Hammond B3 organist Tony Monaco and singer Cookie Coogan will headline the January JazzFest at Mohegan Manor on Sunday.

Monaco’s lifelong love affair with the B3 began when he was 12 when he first heard Jimmy Smith perform on the Hammond. In April 2000, Monaco met another organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco, who produced a debut CD for Monaco, the critically acclaimed “Burnin’ Grooves.”

Writes Critical Jazz Review, “Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of…Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. He burns!”

“Burnin’ Grooves” was followed by two more releases for Summit Records, which charted in the Jazzweek Top 10. In September 2003, Summit released “A New Generation,” featuring both Monaco’s and DeFrancesco’s trios. Monaco hails from Columbus, Ohio.

Cookie Coogan was raised in Maine and went on to study jazz formally under guitarist Steve Brown at Ithaca College. A powerful and passionate singer, Coogan often sits in with the Salt City Jazz Collective.

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