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Brian Charette

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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

Album

The Message

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Caught In The Webb; Nekide; The Message; I Was Doing Alright; Frustration; Doug's Dilemma; Keeping Up With The Joneses; New Beginning; Baubles, Bangles & Beads; Where Did You Come From?; Bonnie Lass.

Album

Jackpot

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2022
Track listing: Polka Dot Pinup; Tight Connection; Triple Threat; Good Fortune; Upstairs; High Ball; Vague Reply; Jackpot; Unmasked.

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News: Interview

Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Brian Charette knows his way around an organ. He began playing a Hammond M3 in high school but didn't graduate to the B3 until he moved to New York at age 20. While gigging in the city, he was schooled by Brother Jack McDuff in Harlem at Showman's Jazz Club. Brian also knows how to write ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran

Read "Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Pianist of lyricist Ben Sidran begins the 763rd Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his beautiful new album Swing State. It just so happens that he was the 2,000th full interview for the program. Following Ben's take on “Tuxedo Junction," we hear Erskine Hawkins's version. From there, we present a nice crop of music ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Charette: Jackpot

Read "Jackpot" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In the tradition of some great Hammond organ players of the past, such as Jack McDuff, Melvin Rhyne, Don Patterson, Larry Young and Jimmy Smith, one leading practitioner on this instrument, Brian Charette, wanted to write some swinging and soulful bebop tunes which would honor the memory of these past greats. The musicians Charette chose to ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug Webb: The Message

Read "The Message" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The trappings of The Message, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb's eleventh release for Posi-Tone Records, are perhaps recognizable to anyone with an interest in jazz conventions. All hands, except for drummer Charles Ruggiero, contribute at least one composition. While some are more adventurous (tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds' “Where Did You Come From?," and alto saxophonist Greg Osby's ...

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Article: In Pictures

A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Even as it seemed that jazz continued its trajectory into the outer limits, there was no lack of pure swinging excellence to experience this past year. Although many of these releases probably flew under the radar of jazz followers with wider ranging tastes, this reviewer always finds it necessary to remind us all how vital and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris

Read "Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We devote a full hour of Neon Jazz to the music and artists of 2021. A lot of music was backlogged from 2020, but it was time to take a long look at the artists who are making 2021 a special year for jazz. We start off with NYC trombonist Clifton Anderson and make our way ...


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