From Richard Whiteman: I suppose we’re a mainstream jazz piano trio, but, if you listen to us, you’ll find that we aren’t a clone of any group. We have our own sound. I don’t know what we sound like. I’ll hazard a guess. We’re a composite of Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Keithy Poo, Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Tommy Flanagan, Art Tatum, Ray Brown, Kenny and Peter Washington, Teddy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Jo and Philly Jo Jones, Frederic Chopin, Mauirce Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, the Blues, Hank Jones, Paul Desmond, Lester Young, George Shearing, Bjork, Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, etc.
Richard Whiteman, bass
Amanda Tosoff, piano
Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his ‘GROOVEYARD’ disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time. For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (‘Forever Plaid’), and at countless ‘casual’ engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas. Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick. In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at both Humber College and York University in Toronto.
Rob McBride has been active on the Toronto jazz scene for the last ten years, playing at the city’s top clubs as well as venues in around the Greater Toronto Area. A former student of Canadian legend Don Thompson, Rob attended Humber College before becoming the in-demand bassist he is today. He performs regularily with Beverly Taft, Richard Whiteman, Adrean Farrugia, Sly Juhas, Trent Reschny, and the Canadian Jazz Quartet.
Sly Juhas is one of Toronto’s most talented young drummers. A native of Mississauga, Sly is a graduate of Humber College’s jazz studies program and has become a busy freelancer, working with notable musicians such as Rob McConnell, Lorne Lofsky, Pat LaBarbera and Rick Wilkins. In 2002 Sly won an international competition with the CROSSINGS Quartet that involved a workshop with the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music and a concert at Carnegie Hall.