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Jason Whatley


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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Bitch in Blue

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:32


Article: Album Review

Jason Whatley: On the Beak

Read "On the Beak" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If Australia is “The Land Down Under," then Tasmania could be called “The Land Way Down Under,' a thumbprint of a main island cut adrift from the southern hemisphere's one country continent about 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, to sit off the south western corner of the state of Victoria, ...


Newfound Cool

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Newfound Cool; Blue Minor; Li'l Lonely; Nu Minor; An Incomplete Statement; Mongrel Dog; Damon's Lament.


On the Beak

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: The 60s; The Ghost at the Feast; Bitch in Blue; Supper Club; Theme From Still; Hard Bitten; Bird Behooved; Homicide.


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