Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. The winner of the 2014
critics poll for Rising Star on organ, Charette continues his entertaining and thoughtful recording
output with Once & Future. Charette is focused for his tenth release, playing with his trio of Will
Bernard on guitar and Steve Fidyk on drums. The record features an
exciting program of musical selections from a wide
range of styles from B3 masters, from the funky and familiar to the soulful
Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced at an early age to music
by his mother, an excellent pianist, and studied classical piano and bass. By the age of seventeen,
he was working sideman gigs with jazz luminaries such as Lou Donaldson and Houston
Person. After high school, Charette began touring Europe and was gravitated to the culture and
scene of Prague and the Czech Republic, introduced by Czech trumpeter Laco Deczi.
Charette's organ career took off in the 1990s, after moving to New York City. Charette's recorded
career as a leader began with his 2002 self-titled release and has continued with eight more
records, with the three latest on Posi-Tone.
Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and band leader, he has the fortune to work with
many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson, and many others.
Charette, is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard Magazine, DownBeat, and
Czech magazine Muzikus. Charette teaches masterclasses all over the world, and is on the faculty
of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague. In late 2014, Charette
published his first book, “101 Hammond B-3 Tips: Stuff All The Pros Know And Use” (Hal
When not touring the world, Charette resides in the lively East Village of New York City. Outside
of making music, Charette is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu, in which he holds
a black sash.