A virtuoso pianist, organist and spectacular talent, Covington’s musical performances are enlightening and entertaining. His mastery of the keyboard is astonishing.
Musician, Composer, Educator, Magician, Mathematician, Chess Master, Draughts Master, Portrait Artist
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Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and John Coltrane were some of the few who each achieved the colossal feat of amending the aesthetic of jazz styles. Mr. Covington has achieved the colossal feat of demonstrating that it was possible to master all of these styles and to blend these disparate elements into a coherent, codified style by imposing the mark of his own personality.
Better than ever!
Charles Covington jazz organist and pianist, one of the trailblazers playing jazz on the Hammond B3 organ back in the early 60's who influenced and inspired most of the leading jazz organists during that period including Lou Bennett, Jimmy Smith, Larry Young Jr., Richard Groove Holmes, Don Patterson and many others. Because he refused to record under his own name during that period, he remained largely unknown except in the jazz organ circle until recently when he has been rediscovered again. Covington has recorded and/or performed with scores of jazz greats such as Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vincent, Zoot Simms, George Benson; and many others including comedians Redd Fox, Pigmeat Markham, Slappy White, Flip Wilson; also vocalists such as Abbey Lincoln, Eartha Kitt, Shirley Horn and Ethel Ennis among others.
Covington is still in top form and in a class by himself whether at the grand piano or the Hammond B3 organ.