Mike Mangan is a groundbreraking Hammond B3 Organist who leads his own band, "Mike Mangan's Big Organ Trio". Mangan is an extremely unconventional player and has become renown for his pioneering approach to the B3. Mike has drawn the attention of many of the instrument's great luminaries, including Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer), Gregg Rollie (Santana), Brian Auger (Oblivion Express), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), and Tony Monaco (Tony Monaco Trio).
Mangan is influenced just as much by electric guitar players as he is by other keyboardists, and this has shaped his unique approach to the Hammond Organ. Through an unprecedented method of tonal manipulation that utilizes effects pedals, most notabley the Wah Wah pedal, as well as an incomparable percussive playing technique, Mangan often simulates the power and tonality of an electric guitar through the Hammond. This often leads to comparisons with rock power trios instead of jazz organ trios. In fact, Keyboard Magazine remarked Mangan's trio, "has big funk, big nastiness, and big charisma" and that "Mike's Hammond playing is lithe, percussive, greasy, and searing". Since his trio's inception, Mangan has emerged as an organist with a truly inimitable voice.
Mangan's musical efforts on the Hammond have landed his trio a feature in Keyboard Magazine, a record deal with P-Vine Records, and a tour of Japan. Mangan has also lead his trio on national tours of the states.