What’s On

Open Wednesday Organ Sessions

Pete Whittaker

Union Chapel, London, United Kingdom

Wednesday 19 July  10:00 AM   Room: Chapel
FREE   Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult

Every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. we open the church doors to hold an informal morning of tea, coffee and conversation.

Every week we organise a different activity and every third Wednesday of the month we hold an Organ Session on our 1877 Henry Willis organ at 11am.

This week:

Hammond organist Pete Whittaker plays our 1877 Henry Willis organ.

Pete Whittaker is a London-based jazz musician associated principally with the Hammond organ. Teenage “by ear” experimentation at the piano led to formal musical studies, including Electroacoustic composition at the University of East Anglia. His broad musical background of classical and rock music propelled him towards discovering the world of jazz harmony, as developed by the bebop pioneers of the 1940s and 1950s. Since the emergence of Jimmy Smith in the late 1950s, the Hammond organ became a mainstream instrument, and the rich legacy of the classic Blue Note label recordings of Jimmy and others inspired Pete to pursue his personal musical development via this route.

In a style that draws from Blues, Gospel, Funk as well as Bebop Pete has featured with many of the UK’s top jazz musicians especially in the organ/guitar/drums trio line-up. As such, he aims for a style which is improvisatory and expressive, but firmly tied to an all-pervading groove.