A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Brian Donohoe works with Grammy-winning artists in jazz, rock, and funk, creates music for film and television, and leads the critically-acclaimed fusion group Progger. He was initially lured to Texas to study jazz at the University of North Texas, where he played in the One O’Clock Lab Band for four recordings and multiple tours of the United States and Europe. He swiftly fell in love with the fertile music communities of Dallas and Austin, and worked with noteworthy Texas artists like Snarky Puppy, Myron Butler, and Okkervil River before relocating to New York City.
While in New York, Brian developed Progger into a multi-city creative community with four studio albums and concerts with Parliament/Funkadelic, the Funky Knuckles, the Huntertones, and the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. He freelanced as a pianist, keyboardist, and saxophonist with the MK Groove Orchestra, the Ed Palermo Big Band, many of his Snarky Puppy friends, and other artists in New York’s jazz and funk scenes. Brian has performed with jazz legends including Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Bobby Sparks, John Ellis, Bernard Wright, Adonis Rose, and Jason Marsalis, among many more.
Now a resident of Austin, Brian’s first record as a solo artist, “Soundtracks for Trying Times,” was released on April 2, 2021. He teaches jazz and contemporary piano, composition, and improvisation for Austin Community College.