Brian Ho has grown from a hometown pianist to a Hammond Organ virtuoso. He began his love affair for the instrument while playing at an African-American Baptist Church in his teens. This child prodigy took piano lessons at Stanford and San Jose State, and began teaching at the age of 16. He now performs throughout California with his trio, freely soloing with his right hand—while his left hand and feet play organ bass—in the same tradition as his organ idols, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Shirley Scott, and Jimmy Smith. Ho released his 1st CD Organic, which features guitarist Calvin Keys (Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal), drummer Lorca Hart and staple saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan.
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