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Gary Brunotte

Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Born: October 4, 1948    

Organist/Pianist Gary Brunotte performs his own brand of lyrical jazz, influenced by the tradition but in his own personal voice. Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, he remembers, “My uncle played accordion, was self-taught and performed in the Navy band. In addition, my stepfather played guitar and my other uncles all played instruments. I started taking accordion lessons when I was nine.” He debuted as a professional musician at a New Year's Eve job when he was 11, switched to organ and performed with r and b and rock and roll bands as a teenager. “I discovered jazz after listening to Brasil '66 and Blood, Sweat and Tears. I particularly enjoyed Howard Roberts' records of the period and Jimmy Smith.” After graduating from college, Brunotte attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, switched to piano, and taught at the prestigious school for three years. He moved to Manhattan in 1980. “I worked for a period at Rodney Dangerfield's comedy club. The jazz trio would open a set and there would be a different singer each week before the comedian came out. It was fun for a time.” During this period, he won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to write a suite for a big band and his orchestra performed once a week in a mid-town club. After living and working in the Hudson Valley area, Brunotte spent 1987-97 back in Minnesota. “I played a lot of gigs at local jazz clubs and restaurants. I also recorded my first CD, Yesterday's Dream for the Altenburgh label.”...
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Awards

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 1981 - Grant to write a Big Band Suite, performed by the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra
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    Manic Moments

    Self Produced
    2007
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    Smile

    Self Produced
    2006
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Featured recording “Manic Moments”

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Manic Moments

Sincopato Records (2007)
eJAZZNEWS review of Manic Moments - December 6, 2007
”This is a swinging straight ahead group that lopes along gracefully with a big musical stick in hand.
'Mas Que Nada' Cool solo by Brunotte at the organ and the steady unruffled beat of drummer Bill Berg drives this tune like a Rolls Royce. I'm not going to get the jewelers loop out on this one, simply put “It grooves”
To listen to a no frills recording with solid musicians, you can't go wrong with this album. 4 Stars”

JAZZTIMES Magazine (1993) ”Brunotte is a crisp, indeed, intelligent player whose charts sizzle and yet leave plenty of space for inspired soloing ...

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Primary InstrumentOrgan, Hammond B3

LocationDurham, NC

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundBerklee College of Music - Instructor 1977 - 1980

Clinic/Workshop Information1990 - Clinics on using Finale music software

Yamaha C6 Grand Piano, Hammond Sk1 organ, Hammond A105, Leslie 122, Clavietta, Hammond 44 Melodion, Morbidoni 120 Bass Accordion
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