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Jazz Night: Pete Whittaker

Holy Schnitzel will be serving authentic Austrian street food 6-9pm

The Thursday Night Jazz tradition was introduced to Hot Numbers Gwydir Street by Nick Hill, known to Cambridge locals from his previous residencies at the Elm Tree and the Cricketers. We now welcome Mark Hale, a frequent guest of Nick's and outstanding Drummer, to bring fresh talent from the UK Jazz scene every Thursday. Our live music is funded through the generosity of the audience with a suggested donation of £5.

Pete Whittaker: Hammond Organ

Having harboured since his mid-teens a subconscious love of jazz, Pete became very much into the genre while at college. Jazz piano in due course gave way to the discovery of that force-of-nature known to the world as the organist Jimmy Smith, the single most important jazz Hammond innovator ever. The sound of those old Blue Note and Verve albums from the 1950s and 60s grabbed Pete by his charity-shop lapels and made him determined to recreate the sounds for himself. Obviously this would involve a return to the acquisition and frequent transportation of even MORE cumbersome musical equipment than was previously required. Thus was the beginning of Pete's professional life as a jazz organist... twenty years later and he's still as excited by the music as he was then (but now he has a proper van, and can play the organ better).

Pete was fortunate to gain wider experience and exposure in the 1990s by touring with a couple of high-profile rock bands. The first of these was an Indie-ish melodic rock band (with a distinct folk-music influence) called The Wonder Stuff. Pete toured UK, Europe and North America with them (on and off) from 1991 to their initial disintegration in 1994. In 1996/7, Pete was invited by another "guitar" rock band, The Catherine Wheel to perform similar touring duties as he had with The Wonder Stuff. Several very jolly north American tours ensued, but the band stopped working in 2000. Very soon afterwards, The Wonder Stuff re-formed to do a series of high-profile comeback shows. Since moving to London in the late 1990s, Pete has had his backside kicked (musically and literally) by many fine jazz musicians, including but not limited to: The Filthy Six, John Etheridge, Mark Fletcher, Zoe Schwartz, Theo Travis, Nigel Price, Gareth Lockrane, Jonny Boston Quartet and Carl Orr.

Earlier Event: 13 July
Later Event: 15 July
Matt Roberts Sextet