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
Organ, Hammond B3
New York City
Willing to teach
Lessons 100$ for 1 1/2 hr lesson
extensive private and classroom teaching experience
regular contributor to Keyboard Magazine master class section
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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