Tim Whitehead Quartet

Date : 06 / 09 / 2019
Time : 7.30pm
Price : £12 on the door. Advance £10. Students £5.
Phone : 07415 892 436

Event Information

Tim Whitehead

Tim has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and in the USA with American pianist Phil DeGreg. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977.

In the 80s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and developed his own bands featuring at different times John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90s he recorded ‘Authentic and Silence Between Waves’ with Dave Barry, Pete Jacobsen and Arnie Somogyi, and received The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz.

Tim’s 1999 ‘Personal Standards’ album received widespread interest and critical praise including Jazz Album of the Year in the BBC Music Magazine. Since 2000 he’s enjoyed a long-term collaboration with Colin Riley and the Homemade Orchestra. Tim founded the musicians’ co-operative WayOutWest in 2004, based in Kingston and Richmond and still thriving.

Early in 2005, Tim toured with the award-winning Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi. They released their album ‘Lucky Boys’ in the UK and Japan in 2006 and continue to work together in the UK and Europe, Tim saying of working with Giovanni: ‘the dividing lines of origin blur in favour of articulating the true expression of the feeling.’

In 2009 Tim was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, researching and composing music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote ‘Colour Beginnings’, a series of compositions written from transcribed improvisations performed in front of and in response to a selection of JMW Turner’s watercolour sketches. In 2010 he toured and released the CD album ‘Colour Beginnings’, earning a 5 star review in The BBC Music Magazine. The London Jazz Festival commissioned Tim to compose ‘Turner And The Thames’ for the 2013 festival.

Tim has collaborated with his daughter Maisie, composing and performing an orchestral score for her dance and aerial show and he frequently performs with singer-songwriter Hattie Whitehead, his other daughter.

‘Those of us who have caught him live … have been left in blinking disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.’

Dave Gelly – Observer/BBC

Tim says of this quartet:

‘I’m lucky to be working with musicians who have the versatility and ‘simpatico’ to play a repertoire which encompasses the best of the projects I’ve been invited into in recent years, including ‘Colour Beginnings’ for Tate Britain, ‘Turner And The Thames’ for the 2013 London Jazz Festival, ‘Wake Up Call’ (my title) for Sony/EMI and ‘Personal Standards.’ In this current quartet repertoire, I see no separation between my own writing and the arrangements in which we rework the jazz/standard repertoire.’