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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.

Very Well & Good

Label: Cornerstone Records Inc.
Released: 2021
Track listing: Very Well & Good; Not so Early; Re-Entry; Waltz for Zeke; It is What it Is; Selohssa; Residue; Mangoes; Pat and Mike; La Belle Epoche; Right Here, Right Now, with You; Dancing with Zeke.

ARTICLE: 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. ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Hogtown Syncopators: Rotman's Hat Shop

Read "Rotman's Hat Shop" reviewed by Martin McFie

For 75 years, Rotman's hat shop on Spadina Avenue in Toronto was the place for the Jewish community and others still wearing hats to buy a fedora, a beret, almost any kind of hat. More than that, it was the story of one man's life; David Rotman lived and worked there, every day fighting a forlorn ...


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