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Brian Auger

For over fifty years, Brian Auger has been a musician’s musician as Hammond B3 innovator, pianist, bandleader, session man and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion. Auger has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.

Auger has played, toured, and recorded with many of the most influential musicians in modern times, including John McLaughlin, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris and Les McCann.

Playing in clubs, Auger won the Melody Maker Reader's Poll in the “Jazz Piano” and “New Star” categories in 1964 and was a known commodity in swingin’ London’s burgeoning music scene. Auger was intrigued with technique, and in 1965, inspired by organist Jimmy Smith, he decided to start playing the Hammond B3, an organ few British musicians could play, largely because the bulky organs were virtually non-existent in England at the time.

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