Born: November 24, 1972 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Grammy Nominated organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and band leader, he has worked with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson, and countless others.
Brian is a Hammond endorsed, Positone recording artist, and has just released his sixth recording as a leader, Borderline, which received 3 1/2 stars in Downbeat. His recordings have been called Reliably Burning by Jazz Times, and he has been referred to as A Master of Space and Time by WBGO NYC. Brian will have two recordings released in the Spring of 2014; The Question That Drives Us, a Sextette recording for SteepleChase Records, and Square One a trio recording for Positone Records.
This year, Brian has been playing very successful engagements in NYC, LA, Detroit, Cleveland, New Orleans, Spain, Indonesia, Czech Republic, and Germany. He also just placed 2nd in the 2013 Downbeat Critic's Poll for Rising Star: Organ for the second year in a row.
Mr Charette, is an active educator. In addition to writing for Keyboard Magazine, Downbeat, and Muzikus, he teaches masterclasses all over the world, and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jezek Conservatory in Prague. He also has a new Hammond Organ instructional video on mymusicmasterclass.com and is featured prominently on two new Mel Bay instructional DVDs by Rodney Jones and Sheryl Bailey.
Outside of music, Brian is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu in which he holds a black sash.
Awards:Grammy Nominated, 2012 & 2013 runner up Downbeat Critic's Poll "Rising Star:Organ"
Reliably Burning Bill Milkowski- Jazz Times
A Master of Space and Time Josh Jackson-WBGO
The Consumate Road Warrior LA Weekly
Organ, Hammond B3
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
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