Brian Charette

Brian Charette

Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3 | Location: New York City

The Hammond B-3 organist Brian Charette weighs the ageless objective of soul-jazz with a trace of restless modernity.
—Nate Chinen, NY Times

Updated: January 20, 2021

Born: November 24, 1972

New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll “Rising Star: Organ” award and has climbed to 4th place in The 2016 Critic's Poll main Organ category. This year Brian also won The Hot House Magazine Fan's Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York. His brand new recording, Once and Future, is currently #17 on the Jazz Week chart and is also on the Itunes new music Top 20. Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced to music by his mother, Catherine. By the age of 17, he was playing with jazz luminaries Lou Donaldson and Houston Person. Since graduating on the Dean's List from UConn in 1994 with a BA in Music, Charette has been performing extensively in Europe and the USA with his home base being the East Village, NYC. Brian is a staple of the downtown scene working with virtually everyone who plays with an organist. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has performed with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Just this month, Brian will start working with Miles Davis alumnus, George Coleman. Charette is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard magazine, New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat, and the Czech magazine Muzikus

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”The Hammond B-3 organist Brian Charette weighs the ageless objective of soul-jazz with a trace of restless modernity.” —Nate Chinen, NY Times

”Both B-3 stylist and student, serious jazz scholar and glitzy entertainer, Charette is a burning soloist who understands the tradition of the Hammond B-3 as well its future—just as cerainly as he understands his place in that lineage.” —Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine

”A Master of Space and Time.” —Josh Jackson, WBGO NYC

”Reliably Burning.” —Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

”Just the right proportions of refinement and rambunctiousness.” —Chris Barton, LA Times

Primary Instrument

Organ, Hammond B3


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Lessons 100$ for 1 1/2 hr lesson extensive private and classroom teaching experience regular contributor to Keyboard Magazine master class section

Clinic/Workshop Information

I teach clinics on harmony especially unusual systems like that of Olivier Messiaen and it's use for jazz, writing for a larger ensemble using music from my chamber group, "Music for Organ Sextette". I also teach body awareness/stillness drawing from my experience with Internal Kung Fu systems

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Time Piece

From: Like the Sun
By Brian Charette

I Came So Far To See U

From: The Question That Drives Us
By Brian Charette

Fugue For Kathleen Anne/ Ex-girlfriend Variations

From: Music for Organ Sextette
By Brian Charette

Brian Charette Albums