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I play Hammond B3 organ, piano, and all types of keyboards, even melodica.

The St. Valentinez - Bullet with the Butterfly Wings

Producer / Keyboards

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Kevin Coelho - 2014 Studio EP

Arrangement / Hammond Organ

Kevin Coelho - Live at the Rhumba Cafe

Arrangement / Hammond Organ


Contact: Ann Braithwaite
(781) 259-9600

Hammond B3 Organ Phenom Kevin Coelho Celebrates 2nd CD Turn It Up

In Concert Friday, January 17 at Stanford University where Coelho is a freshman

The 18-year-old Californian – a protégé of B3 master Tony Monaco – gives the hard-grooving soul-jazz treatment to “Georgia on My Mind,” the Beatles’ “Come Together,” War’s “The World Is a Ghetto,” Prince’s “Soft & Wet” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

“The essence of funk and groove.” — JazzTimes

Young Hammond B3 organ whiz Kevin Coelho celebrates the release of his second CD Turn It Up in concert on Friday, January 17 at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the Stanford University campus where Coelho is a freshman studying computer science.  Joining Coelho are his bandmates from the CD — guitarist Derek DiCenzo and drummer Reggie Jackson — as well as Bay area trumpeter Mike Olmos, and saxophonists Charlie McCarthy and Howard Dietz.   They’ll play music from the new album as well as a set of new compositions.  The free concert takes place at 7:30 p.m.

Coelho earned wide acclaim for his outrageously precocious debut album, 2012’s Funkengruven – the Joy of Driving a B3, which he released at age 16.JazzTimes called Funkengruven “an auspicious debut” with “the essence of funk and groove,” while All About Jazz described it as “both viscerally moving and intellectually satisfying.”

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NEWS RELEASE: Funkengruven - Kevin Coelho Debut Album
Contact: Ann Braithwaite
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Recorded at Monaco’s B3-customized Columbus Sound Studio in Ohio, with sidemen guitarist Derek DiCenzo and drummer Reggie Jackson, “Funkengruven” features Coelho’s ingeniously funky arrangements of Otis Redding’s evergreen “Dock of the Bay” and Herbie Hancock’s soul-jazz smash “Cantaloupe Island.” Kevin Coelho debut recording, “Funkengruven – The Joy of Driving a B3,” was produced by B3 master Tony Monaco, whose Chicken Coup Records imprint is released in July 2012 “Funkengruven” via Summit Records.

The album’s title track is an original by Coelho, as is “McJimmy” – the young organist’s homage to the uplifting gospel sound of B3 idol Jimmy McGriff. Along with versions of “Play It Back” by veteran Hammond virtuoso Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Miles Davis bop classic “Donna Lee” and the standard “What’s New,” the disc includes two pieces by one of Coelho’s prime teachers, trumpeter-composer and theoretician Randy Masters.

Coelho describes his “Funkengruven” title tune as “a riff blues over a set of non-standard changes, something that’s funky and grooving but also swings. Those are tricky things to reconcile, funk and swing, not a lot of players can do it. But Reggie and Derek can do anything. They really have the dynamics of the organ trio down from playing so long with Tony.”

Read the whole press release here.