Track

Gary Brunotte

Born: October 4, 1948    Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Gary Brunotte

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.”...
read more

Awards:

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 1981 - Grant to write a Big Band Suite, performed by the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra
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 . . . tres musical.”

JAZZTIMES Magazine (2006) ”Any jazz person will appreciate Brunotte's crisp, tasteful, witty, lyrical elaborations upon his original themes . . .”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ (November 2007) ”... Manic Moments succeeds at being original through Brunotte's imaginative composing and arranging. Most notably the title track, an original up-tempo blues with a Blood, Sweat and Tears-type horn intro, and 'Mas Que Nada,' the Jorge Ben Brazilian classic, featuring the Durham Children's Choir.

While the primary focus of the disc is Brunotte's organ playing, he also displays his prowess as a pianist ('You and the Night and the Music'), accordionist ('Sometime') and vocalist ('Agua de Beber'). Regardless of instrument, his approach is aggressive and commanding, yet sensitive to the spontaneity of the other musicians. His organ solos move from ultra-greasy ('Thats All') to Larry Young-inspired intricacy ('Slightly Blue')...”



NEWS & OBSERVER (2007) ”Gary Brunotte's 'Manic Moments' (Sincopato Records) is a rather pleasant affair with Latin grooves, swing and jazz-rock dominating the rhythms... The group eschews the classic, funky, Jimmy Smith organ trio approach in favor of more subtle grooves and a more romantic mood.”



JazzReview.com - by Bill Falconer (2008) - ”Guitarist Gian Wiegner and organist Gary Brunotte met at Berklee, played gigs in Boston, and then went their own ways, still friends, but separated by geography. Recently, they recorded together in a home-and-away reunion... When you meet up with an old friend for the first time in years you pick up right where you left off and the conversation flows easily. That's true of musical conversations as well. The resulting CD, About Time, combines fine musicianship with an upbeat attitude.

Wiegner and Brunotte have written accessible and interesting compositions which make up most of the tracks. Their solos are creative, their comping sensitive, and you can feel the quartet's rapport... I really like About Time.”

As a Leader

Yesterdays Dream
Year Released 1993


Conversations
Year Released 2005


Smile
Year Released 2006


Manic Moments
Year Released 2007


About Time
Year Released 2008

Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact discography@allaboutjazz.com. Thank you.

Primary Instrument:
Organ, Hammond B3

Location:
Durham, NC

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Berklee College of Music - Instructor 1977 - 1980

Clinic/Workshop Information:
1990 - 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

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Date Venue Ticket
Apr25 Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse
Raleigh, NC
Apr26 C Grace Jazz Club
Raleigh, NC
Apr29 Flights Restaurant / Renaissance Hotel - North Hills
Raleigh, NC
May03 The Oakz Restaurant
Raleigh, NC
May07 Travinia Italian Kitchen
Morrisville, NC
May21 Travinia Italian Kitchen
Morrisville, NC
May23 Beyu Caffe
Durham, NC

Post these events to your social pages. Learn how here.

Post a formal announcement to the News Center. We'll publish it and syndicate it for you.
comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 2,090 Views: 7,873 Fans: 1

Weekly Giveaways

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo
About | Enter

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how