The KOOLTONES Organ Trio is comprised of three professional musicians who have played together for over 15 years with in various music groups in the Nelson region.

This trio is not just a party band...but an ensemble inspired by organ based artists.

Exploring new grooves with such artists as Jimmy Smith, Al Green, Booker' T and the MG's, Santana and the Pedler's Trio has transformed the KOOLTONES Organ Trio into a band of contemporary distinction...bringing to the stage innovative retro-organ sound to rock, pop, jazz, funk and blues genres. Recent inspiration for this sound has also come from the Deep Blue Organ Trio and Organisimo Trio based in the New York City area.

Ideal for: background and dance music for corporate function, wedding, private party

Barry Korcheski (organ and vocals) began his career at the age of 16 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and has since toured the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as a soloist and with a variety of bands. Barry has performed on several cruise ships as a pianist / vocalist. He also performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and several times at the Nelson Jazz Festival. Now based in Nelson, Barry is active throughout the music community in the Nelson / Tasman region. Since a teenager, Barry has maintained a passion for organ jazz, funk and blues after hearing the famous jazz organist, Richard Groove Holmes at a bar in Toronto.

John Rowburrey (guitar) started playing guitar as a teenager in the 70's back in Wales. By the early 80's John was playing in clubs around South Wales  improvising in new genres of pop, soul, funk and disco. During his travels to Africa in the mid 80's John got into the local rhythms of Sudan, Zaire and Kenya. The 90's were spent in Adelaide, Australia where he studied jazz. John is active in the Nelson music scene and has played in several Nelson jazz festivals.

Simon Terrill (drums / percussion) played with a number of bands in the Christchurch area. He has a certificate of performance from the Christchurch Polytech Jazz School and has worked as a studio musician over the past 30 years. Simon has played in a number of shows such as Les Miserables, Grease and Christmas musicals. He has performed in the Christchurch and Nelson Jazz Festivals on several occasions and is actively involved in the music scene in the South Island. 

Almost Like Being In Love - Nat King Cole
Autumn Leaves - J.Prevert / Jonny Mercer
Beautiful Love - Bill Evans
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Bridge Over Troubled Watersm - The Pedlers
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
Chicken Sack - Jimmy Smith
Chitlens Con Carne - Kenny Burrell
Cissy Strut - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Coming Home Baby - The Pedler's
Could It Be I Am Falling In Love - The Spinners
Crystal Blue Persusion - Tommy James & Shondales
Days Of Wine And Roses - A. Willians / H. Mancini
Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack
Green Onions - Booker T And The Mg's
I Remember You - Mercer
I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton
Just The Two Of Us - Grover Washington Jr.
Lets Stay Together - Al Green
Look Of Love - Burt Bacharach
Low Rider - War
Make It With You - David Gates
Melting Pot - Booker T And The Mg's
Misty - Richard Groove Holmes / Erroll Garner
More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Nearness Of You - Carmichael
Never Knew Love Like This Before - Stephanie Mills
On A Clear Day - The Pedler's
One Hundred Ways - James Ingram / J.Defresco
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse
Oya Como Va - Santana
Samba Pa Ti - Santana
Sleep Walk - The Venturers
Smile - The Pedler's
Spooky - Classic Iv
Starsky And Hutch - James Taylor Quartet
Stormy Monday Blues - T.Bone Walker
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Tenderly - Organisimo
The Way You Make Me Feel - Charles Earlin
This Masquerade - George Benson
Time Is Tight - Booker T And The Mg's
Venus - Bobby Vinton
What A Difference A Day Makes - Jamie Callum

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