Brian Mitchell is well know in music industry circles and beyond for both his solo career and his high-profile collaborations. He has recorded
and performed with some of music's most respected artists, including Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, Levon Helm, Mary J Blige, Allen Toussaint,
and Dolly Parton. He has also released two C.D.'s of his own original music, Songs From The Underground and his latest, Diggin Up The Roots. His
extraordinary versatility on piano, accordion, Hammond B-3, various vintage keyboards, plus his distinctive vocal styling 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 The Apollo in Harlem, Tipitina's in New Orleans to Ronny 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, the North
Sea Jazz Festival and The New Orleans Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival.
He has made frequent TV appearances including performances on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Late Show with David
Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The View, Austin City Limits, and a cameo on the soap opera One Life To Live. Brian's accordion can be
heard throughout Bob Dylan's version of the Dean Martin chestnut Return To Me on an episode of The Soprano's. Other special collaborations
include recording with Christopher Walken in the movie Search and Destroy, and accompanying ex-President Bill Clinton, Cher, and Nathan Lane in a
rousing version of “Happy Birthday" for his wife Hillary at The Roseland in NYC.
Brian's work as a composer has been featured in TV, film and theater. His original music for his band, House Of Diablo was used in the
soundtrack for the Robert Altman movie Tanner On Tanner. His blues piano stylings were also heard in the recent Broadway production of August
Wilson's Seven Guitars. Brian is in high demand in the recording studio as a session player frequently tapped to lay down tracks by some on today's
top artists. His unique approach to performing and recording in the studio was the subject of an article in Keyboard Magazine. He has also thrown his
hat into the world of journalism with his recent interview of the legendary New Orleans pianist, Allen Toussaint in the November issue of Keyboard.
A native New Yorker, Mitchell is a mainstay in Manhattan's competitive live music scene. Known for kicking out high-energy performances,
his original music 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 House Of Diablo
(w/Shawn Pelton). House Of Diablo, an ever changing aggregate, is a unique blend of electronic sounds, dub, improv, and swamp funk that can
heard in dance clubs, exotic parties, as well as soundtracks for TV and films.
Here is a list of some of the performers that Brian has recorded with, performed with, or through some strange happenstance, ended up on stage
with. Stories about each of these performers can be obtained through email or easily coerced in person...
Steven Bernstein's Sex Mob
Mary J Blige
Ex-President Bill Clinton
The Crashtest Dummies
David "Fathead" Newman
Paul Shapiro & Midnight Minyan
Bill Sims Jr.
Rufus & Carla Thomas
The Uptown Horns
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Louden Wainwright III
The Wild Magnolias
Leslie West & Mountain