Organist and Connecticut native Brian Charette will be featured as part of Jazz Week in New Haven as the official Jazz Festival After Party for the Festival on the Green.
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 in the “Rising Star: Organ” category and has climbed to 4th place in The 2015 Critic’s Poll in the main Organ category. This year Brian also won The Hot House Magazine Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York and had three releases on the Jazz Week Top 20.
Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced to music by his mother, Catherine. By the age of 17, he was playing with jazz luminaries Lou Donaldson and Houston Person. After graduating on the Dean’s List from UConn in 1994 with a BA in Classical Piano Performance, Charette began touring Europe and was drawn to the culture and scene of Prague, Czech Republic, where he now works often.
Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has worked with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Charette is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard magazine, New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat, and the Czech magazine Muzikus. Brian teaches masterclasses all over the world and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague. His first book, 101 Hammond B3 Tips, was just released in fall 2014 through publisher Hal Leonard, and he has a popular instructional video on the website, mymusicmasterclass.com. Outside of music, Charette is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu, in which he holds a black sash.
Brian Charette will perform with his trio on Saturday, August 27 at 9:30pm at Pacific Standard Tavern, 212 Crown St., New Haven, following the concerts on the green. No cover charge.