The Kane-West Organ trio is, in its essence, a “soul jazz” organ trio, composed of Hammond organ, guitar, and drums. Modeling themselves after the great jazz organ trios of the 50’s and 60’s, the Kane-West Organ Trio is compact and highly versatile. Performing many styles from funk and traditional blues to samba and soul jazz, the group is equally capable of setting the mood for a quiet dinner hour and turning up the heat for a concert or dance party. Thanks in part to the incredible dynamic range and stylistic versatility of the Hammond organ, the Kane-West Organ Trio makes instrumental music highly accessible, effectively bridging the gap between the sophisticated elegance of jazz and the raw, gritty emotion of down-home, funky blues.
Organist and pianist, Jonah Kane-West, was recognized at an early age for his talent and affinity for playing early American musical styles such as ragtime, blues, and gospel. Starting on the piano at age 5 under the tutelage of keyboard legend, Art Wheeler, and later falling in love with the Hammond organ upon hearing Jimmy Smith, Jonah has dedicated the greater part of the last decade to developing fluency in all blues and jazz keyboard styles. In addition to studying the organ styles of many of the greats such as Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Jimmy Mcgriff, Jonah has had the great fortune of studying personally with jazz organ master, Tony Monaco and gospel powerhouse, Dennis Montgomery III. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he studied business and competed nationally as a member of the varsity tennis team, his professional focus shifted fully to music.
From 2011-2013, Jonah attended the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a scholarship and had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s best teachers and young musicians. He received the honor of performing at the highly respected Berklee Performance Center on multiple occasions, and was featured as an organist in the annual piano department student concert in 2012.
In August 2013, Jonah returned to his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he now performs regularly with a variety of local artists. He also works as Minister of Music at Piedmont Baptist Church and Union Mission Baptist Church in Crozet, teaches music to students of all ages and travels part-time as a member of the Official Blues Brothers Revue.