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Richard Whiteman

Richard Whiteman is a multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Canada. Introduced to the piano as a child, Richard enthusiastically took classical piano lessons for ten years which gave him a life- long love for the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy. While in high school jazz music entered Richard’s life via radio, television(Oscar Peterson often appeared on CBC during the 70’s) and his school’s big band.

Whiteman earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto where he studied with composer/arranger Phil Nimmons among others. Upon graduation Richard’s career began in earnest with performances with notable Canadian musicians, including Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Jane Bunnett, Norm Villleneuve, Ed Bickert and Al Henderson.

Not content with being a pianist, Richard began studying the double bass in 2004, quickly becoming an adept performer and formed his“bass” quartet with Reg Schwager, Amanda Tosoff and Morgan Childs in 2012.

Richard has recorded ten CDs as a bandleader and has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians in a performing role and as a mentor and teacher to younger musicians.


Album Review

Richard Whiteman: Very Well & Good

Read "Very Well & Good" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of the finest jazz musicians on the Canadian jazz scene, Toronto-based pianist / bassist Richard Whiteman lays down what he considers, perhaps, his best recording to date on the audacious Very Well & Good. A long established pianist for decades, Whiteman picked up the double bass in 2004 and has not put it down since. On this sparkling album the pianist performs on the double bass, leaving the keys to Amanda Tosoff, and presents nine of his best compositions ...

Radio & Podcasts

Music from Canada, Ireland and Argentina

Read "Music from Canada, Ireland and Argentina" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show features music from Canada, Ireland and Argentina, with a focus on pianist turned bassist Richard Whiteman. Also, great new releases from the wonderful ears&eyes label, a tribute to Phil Nimmons, trumpeter Linley Hamilton and pianist Gediminas Karkauskas. There are also more exclusive tracks from Ryan McCaffrey and some other recent releases. Playlist Richard Whiteman “Very Well And Good" from Very Well And Good (Cornerstone Records) 0:00 Formica “Molinos" from No Comunica (ears&eyes) 7:03 Linley Hamilton “Sure ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Very Well & Good

Cornerstone Records Inc.




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