Born: April 14, 1979
Jason Whatley is a jazz pianist and composer based in Tasmania, Australia. His compositions admit the unmistakable influence of great jazz modernists like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter. He leads a quintet featuring fellow Tasmanian musicians Michael Woods (trumpet/flugelhorn), Damon Warner (saxophones), Hamish Houston (bass) and Beau Thomas (drums). He has released two albums with this lineup, Newfound Cool (2013) and On the Beak (2020).
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Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
My teaching background isn't extensive. I've taken some adult students in more recent years, mainly
people from a sight-reading background who want to learn more about contemporary harmony and
improvisation. They've typically found the lessons somewhat illuminating.