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Brian Charette
Grammy nominated Hammond organist, Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz, working with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson, and countless others. Since moving to New York in 1995 from his native Meriden, CT, Charette has become an integral part of the New York City jazz scene.
 
Brian is SteepleChase recording artist and has just released his second recording for them, "Learning to Count". He also just finished recording another SteepleChase recording that will be out Summer 2011 featuring a "wind ensemble" comprised of Jay Collins, Mike DiRubbo, Joel Frahm, and John Ellis.
 
As a sideman, Brian records with many popular jazz artists; most recently with Tony Desare, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike DiRubbo and Vic Juris. Charette is also featured prominently on two new Mel Bay instructional DVDs by Rodney Jones and Sheryl Bailey. Brian also works regularly with Jimmy and Jerry Vivino from the Tonight Show Band and was a sub in the Max Weinberg 7 while the show was still in New York. Through this relationship, Brian was able to make music with many of his heroes including Michael McDonald, Cindy Lauper, and many great new artists like Duncan Sheik, Rufus Wainwright, and Michael Bublé.
 
Outside of music, Brian is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu in which he holds a black sash. He is currently illustrating and collaborating with his Sifu, Glenn Green, on several books about Chinese martial arts.
contact: pinchbrian@aol.com
homepage: www.briancharette.com
myspace www.myspace.com/briancharette1
on tour Click on the logo to see Brian's tour dates.

 

Discography
Barwalkin'
JSP Records CD 288

Chris Beard, guitar, vocals
Bruce Feiner, tenor sax
Robert Feiner, baritone sax
Jim Hunt, trumpet
Johnny Rawls, guitar
Brian Charette, Hammond organ, piano
Randy Lee Lippincott, bass
Barry Harrison, drums
Brian Charette
no label

Brian Charette, keyboards
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Star Hustler
Deko Records CDB5637466462.2
recorded June 2002 in New York City/USA
Will Sellenraad, guitar
Brian Charette, organ
Darren Beckett, drums
Blues
no label
recorded live August 2003 at Smoke in New York City/USA
Chris Bergson, guitar, vocals
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Matt Wilson, drums
Another Day
2 Shirts Records 1002
recorded December 2004 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Chris Bergson, guitar, vocals
Jay Collins, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Chris Berger, bass
Matt Wilson, drums
Missing Floor
no label
recorded April 2008
Brian Charette, organ, piano
Leon Gruenbaum, samchillian, piano
Jochen Rückert, drums
Upside
SteepleChase SCCD 31678
recorded December 2008
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Ben Monder, guitar
Jochen Rückert, drums
Radio Show
Telarc Jazz CD-83689
recorded in New York, NY/USA
Tony DeSare, vocals, piano, synthesizer
Andy Farber, alto sax
Nathan Childers, tenor sax
Jay Brandford, baritone sax
Wayne Goodman, trombone
Glenn Drewes, trumpet
Dominick Farinacci, trumpet
Richard Padron, guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Brian Charette, Hammond organ
Tedd Firth, piano
Mike Lee, bass
Brian Czach, drums
Jane Monheit, vocals
Learning To Count
SteepleChase SCCD 31710
recorded October 2009 in USA
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Jochen Rückert, drums
Music for Organ Sextette
SteepleChase SCCD 31731

Brian Charette, organ
Jochen Rückert, drums
Jay Collins, flute
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Joel Frahm, tenor sax
John Ellis, bass clarinet
Borderline
SteepleChase SCCD 31756
recorded February 2011
Brian Charette, organ
Jochen Rückert, drums
Jay Collins, flute
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Joel Frahm, tenor sax
John Ellis, bass clarinet
Just Like Downtown
Posi-Tone PR8114
recorded January 2013
Will Bernard, guitar
John Ellis, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Brian Charette, organ
Rudy Royston, drums
The Question That Drives Us
SteepleChase SCCD 31784
recorded January 2013
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Itai Kriss, flute
Mike Dirubbo, alto sax
Joel Frahm, tenor sax
John Ellis, bass clarinet
Jochen Rückert, drums
Square One
Posi-Tone Records PR8120
recorded December 2013 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Brian Charette, Hammond organ Yotam Silberstein, guitar Mark Ferber, drums
Good Tipper
Posi-Tone Records PR8128
recorded in Brooklyn, NY/USA USA
Brian Charette, organ
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Avi Rothbard, guitar
Jordan Young, drums
Joe Sucato, tenor sax
Mark Ferber, drums
Wake Up!
Liftoff Records

Vin Scialla, drums, djembe, riqq, shekere
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Eric Schugren, tenor sax
Jeff Fairbanks, trombone
Fabio Morgera, trumpet
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Nano Valerio, congas
Suspicious Activities
Arta Records F102032
recorded November 2013 in Praha/Czechy
Adam Tvrdý, guitar
Brian Charette, Hammond organ, Minimoog
Petr Mikeš, drums
Triple Play
Posi-Tone Records PR8135
recorded October 2014 in Brooklyn, New York
Doug Webb, tenor sax
Joel Frahm, tenor sax
Walt Weiskopf, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Rudy Royston, drums
All Together Now
Posi-Tone Records PR8137
recorded September 2014 in Brooklyn, New York
Tom Tallitsch, tenor sax
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Michael Dease, trombone
Brian Charette, organ, piano
Peter Brendler, bass
Mark Ferber, drums
Alphabet City
Posi-Tone Records PR8140
recorded September 2014 in Brooklyn, New York
Brian Charette, organ
Will Bernard, guitar
Rudy Royston, drums
Out & About
Posi-Tone Records PR8148
recorded January 2015 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Will Bernard, guitar
John Ellis, sax
Brian Charette, organ
Ben Allison, bass
Allison Miller, drums
Gratitude
Posi-Tone Records PR8149
recorded October 2015 in Brooklyn, New York
Tom Tallitsch, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Jon Davis, piano
Peter Brendler, bass
Rudy Royston, drums
The Way You Say It
Posi-Tone Records PR8150
recorded September 2015 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Walt Weiskopf, sax
Brian Charette, organ
Behn Gillece, vibes
Steve Fidyk, drums
Once & Future
Posi-Tone Records PR 8153
recorded October 2016 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Brian Charette, Hammond organ
Will Bernard, guitar
Steve Fidyk, drums
Bright Side
Posi-Tone Records PR8155
recorded October 2015 in Brooklyn, New York
Doug Webb, tenor sax
Joe Magnarelli, trumpet
Ed Cherry, guitar
Brian Charette, organ
Steve Fidyk, drums
Allied Forces
Posi-Tone Records PR8157
recorded January 2016 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Steve Fidyk, drums, percussion
Joseph Henson, alto sax
Doug Webb, tenor sax
Shawn Purcell, guitar
Brian Charette, organ
Backup
SteepleChase SCCD 31836
recorded December 2016
Brian Charette, organ
Henry Hey, piano
Jochen Rückert, drums
Kürrent
no label
recorded April 2017
Brian Charette, organ, keyboards
Ben Monder, guitar
Jordan Young, drums
Groovin' With Big G
SteepleChase SCCD 31857
recorded December 2017
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
George Coleman, tenor sax
Vic Juris, guitar
George Coleman jr, drums
Beyond Borderline
SteepleChase SCCD 31880

Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Four
SteepleChase SCCD 31882

Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Ed Cherry, guitar
Adam Nussbaum, drums
New York Moments
SteepleChase SCCD 31886

Yvonnick Prené, harmonica
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Jordan Young, drums
Like The Sun
Dim Mak

Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ, synthesizer
Rippin' & Runnin'
Posi-Tone PR8206
recorded September 2019 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Farnell Newton, trumpet
Brandon Wright, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Rudy Royston, drums
Apples & Oranges
Posi-Tone PR8213
recorded January 2017 in Pasadena, CA/USA
Doug Webb, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Andy Sanesi, drums
Power From The Air
SteepleChase SCCD 31911
recorded December 2019
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Brian Charette, organ
Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Kenny Brooks, tenor sax
Karel Ruzicka, bass clarinet
Itai Kriss, flute
Brian Fishler, drums
The Message
Posi-Tone PR8230
recorded January 2020 in Pasadena, CA/USA
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Doug Webb, tenor sax
Greg Osby, alto sax
Bob Reynolds, tenor sax
Brian Charette, organ
Charles Ruggiero, drums
Jackpot
Cellar Live 110422
recorded November 2021 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
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Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Cory Weeds, tenor sax
Ed Cherry, guitar
Bill Stewart, drums
Red Beats
Blue Canteen Music2
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Steve Fidyk, drums
Mark Allen, sax
Mike Cemprola, sax
Chris Farr, sax
Daniel Henson, sax
Joseph Henson, sax
Josh Lee, sax
Xavier Perez, sax
Walt Weiskopf, sax
Scott Blanke, trombone
Hailey Brinnel, trombone
Kevin Cerovich, trombone
Sam Gellerstein, trombone
Ian Kaufman, trombone
Jake Kraft, trombone
Randy Kapralick, trombone
Omeed Nyman, trombone
Harry Watters, trombone
Luke Brandon, trumpet
Graham Breedlove, trumpet
Kevin Burns, trumpet
Andrew Carson, trumpet
Thomas Eby, trumpet
Tamela Fidyk, trumpet
Matt Gallagher, trumpet
Chris Kaplan, trumpet
Tim Leahey, trumpet
Tyler Mire, trumpet
Fareed Simpson-Hankins, trumpet
Jeff Barone, guitar
Michael Kramer, guitar
Parris Spivey, guitar
Jack Wilkins, guitar
Brian Charette, organ
Christopher Ziemba, piano
Regan Brough, bass
Micah Jones, bass
Nathan Kawaller, bass
Jack Synoski, bass
Resonance
Steeplechase SCCD 31948
recorded October 2022
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John Hart, guitar
Rich Perry, tenor sax
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Steve Johns, drums
Inner Light
Truth Revolution Recording Collective
recorded June 2023 in Long Island City, NY/USA
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Mike DiRubbo, alto sax
Andrew Renfroe, guitar
Brian Charette, Hammond B-3 organ
Jongkuk Kim, drums

 
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