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Brian Charette

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

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Mother Ship's 50th Anniversary, Bu @ 100 & More

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Who took the happiness out? Not Gifts & Messages! This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary for the Blue Note album Mother Ship by Larry Young. Also featured is Blue Note No. 6 from Sidney Bechet and three tracks to start the Art Blakey centennial celebration, including a rare (and powerful) one from Gypsy Folk Tales. ...

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The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup

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The confluence of the stars. Our “listeners' favorites" show and the infamous DrJ New Year's Eve warmup together! How greasy could it be? Well, very. We've got some of your favorites from Shows 341-350 as well as some funky stuff from older shows that got you resonated. No disco, though... sorry. But you can still crank ...

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Ornette@50, Bird vs. Hays & more

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We have a lot of ground to cover this week. After our starting half-hour of 21st century music, we have a compare/contrast of Charlie Parker versus a Kevin Hays deconstruction of “Scrapple from the Apple."

The day of broadcast on WHYR was Art Tatum's birthday; so we have a rare recording of an airshot ...

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Doug Webb: Fast Friends

Read "Fast Friends" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is nothing as soul cleansing as bebop. Period. When you couple the music with the sunshine of Los Angeles (OK, when the smog has cleared) there is a medicinal, tonic effect to be had. Enter L.A. session saxophonist Doug Webb, a contributor to film and television, and member of big bands led by Bill Holman, ...

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry at The Turning Point Cafe

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Brian Charette Trio with Ed Cherry
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
July 15, 2018

Eight selections into an eighty-minute set Brian Charette looked over at Ed Cherry and asked what kind of ballad he wanted to play. In an instant Cherry answered with his guitar, kicking off Duke Ellington's “In ...

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Brian Charette: Groovin' With Big G

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Groovin' With Big G was destined to come about. When a young Brian Charette was cutting his teeth on jazz piano gigs in his home state of Connecticut in the early '90s, he wound up working dates with drummer George Coleman Jr The two struck up a friendship, and Coleman's encouragement helped Charette make the leap ...

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Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26, 2017

Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of ...

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Brian Charette: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The density of new releases and their voluminous level of innovation and experimentation in the current New York jazz scene is somewhat remarkable. The usage of Synthesizers, programming and bending up to completely dissolving compositional structure, as ever so often exemplified by Mary Halvorson, are experiments more and more frequently encountered every day.

Leading ...

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Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

Read "Kurrent" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with ...