Brian MitchellBrian's extraordinary versatility on piano, Hammond B-3 organ, various vintage keyboards and accordion plus his distinct vocal stylings have firmly established him as one of New York City's most gifted and sought after musicians. Brian has toured extensively around the world, from Tipitina's in New Orleans, The Apollo in Harlem to Ronnie Scott's in London and the Blue Note in Japan. He has appeared in concert halls and at festivals including Lincoln Center in New York, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Jamaica Jazz & Blues Fesival and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
He has made frequent TV appearances. Brian's accordion can be heard throughout Bob Dylan's version of the Dean Martin chestnut "Return To Me" on a episode of "The Soprano's". Other special collaborations include recording with Christopher Walken in the movie "Search and Destroy" and accompanying President Bill Clinton, Cher, and Nathan Lane in a rousing version of "Happy Birthday" for his wife Hillary.
Brian's work as a composer has been featured in TV, film, and theatre. His original music recorded by the band "House Of Diablo" was featured in the Robert Altman movie "Tanner On Tanner". He is also in high demand in the recording studio as a session player frequently tapped to lay down tracks on projects by some of today's top artists. His unique approach to performing and recording in the studio was recently the subject of an article in Keyboard Magazine.
A native New Yorker, Brian is a mainstay in Manhattan's competitive live music scene. Known for kicking out high-energy performances, alternately raucous and refined, Brian's own material features a unique blend of gutbucket blues, funky New Orleans style R&B, quirky latin rhythms, and occasional visits into outer space. In addition to his various incarnations of "The Brian Mitchell Band" and "The Loisaida Social Club" he can also be heard with "The House Of Diablo" (w/ Shawn Pelton) and "Mojo Mancini". "House Of Diablo", an ever changing aggragate is a unique blend of electronic sounds, dub, improv, and swamp funk that can be heard in dance clubs, exotic parties, and soundtracks for TV and films. "Mojo Mancini" - Rick DePofi (reeds), John Leventhal (guitar), Conrad Korsch (bass), Shawn Pelton (percussion) and Brian, is an allstar group of some of New York's top session players and producers.
Got You on My Mind
Waking Up Music
recorded January/February 2004 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
William Galison, guitar, dobro, harmonica, percussion
Madeleine Peyroux, guitar, vocals
Mulo Franzl, sax
Brad Terry, clarinet
Robert Wolf, guitar
Jean-Baptiste Boclé, Hammond B-3 organ
Brian Mitchell, organ, Wurlitzer piano
Heinz Jeromim, accordion
Tony Garnier, bass
Conrad Korsch, bass
D.D. Lowka, bass
Shawn Pelton, drums, percussion
James Wormworth, drums, percussion
Dan Reyser, tambourine
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