George Whitty George Whitty

Grammy-award winning keyboardist George Whitty has spent 20 years playing on the road with the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Richard Bona, Chaka Khan, Sadao Watanabe, and a dozen others, and his resume as a session musician includes some of the best-selling records of all time: Santana's “Supernatural” (with Dave Matthews), Celine Dion's “Falling Into You” and “These are Special Times”, and more than 100 other CDs. As a producer/keyboardist, his Grammy-winning streak began with Chaka Khan's “The Woman I Am” in 1992 and extends through 3 award-winning releases with the Brecker Brothers, most recently Randy Brecker's “34th and Lex”, 2004's Grammy-winner for Contemporary Jazz Record of the Year, which he also mixed. In April 2010, he completed work on several tracks for Herbie Hancock's CD “The Imagine Project”, programming Herbie’s live rig for the tour as well. As a composer, he's written for hundreds of episodes of television and several award-winning films, composing for a dozen shows from “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot” to “All My Children”, for whose music he won a 2014 Emmy award. George recently finished the score to the feature film, “The Getdown”, now in the rotation on Showtime, and has been touring the world as keyboardist with David Sanborn, Chris Minh Doky & the Nomads and his own trio Third Rail (which just released its first CD, “IGNITION: Live Across Europe”), working on several CD projects, conducting clinics and master classes and teaching private lessons around the world, and enjoying life in the mountains outside Los Angeles with his wife and two small boys.

Gear

I am a Yamaha endorsee, love the Motif series and use the S90 as my choice in a weighted keyboard.


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”The set kicked off with 2003's “Comin' Home Baby,” a spacey, atmospheric groove that provided a background to showcase Sanborn's wildly talented keyboardist and organist, George Whitty.” - The Buffalo (NY) News, 05.21.07

“Soul, Funk, New Orleans, Latin, jazz and blues fused with a breathtaking dexterity and seemingly boundless ingenuity to the multifaceted writing, with Whitty, who had travelled from Amsterdam, to an enthusiastic audience stunned in the basement....” Rheinische Post, Krefeld, Germany

http://music.gwhitty.com/third-rail-reviews-3/

Primary Instrument

Keyboard

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Over the last 20 years I have been an instructor in a wide variety of settings, including private instruction from Norway to Japan, workshops and clinics around the world, and master classes at the Berklee College of Music. Over the last 2 years I have developed and produced an extensive series of online video instruction (currently more than 70 lessons) at www.musicpath.net covering improvisation, production, arranging, mixing and more. In the classroom, I take great pleasure in sharing what I’ve learned, inspiring energy, optimism and confidence, and I consider my ability to distill the intangibles of music into teachable principles to be one of my greatest strengths as an instructor. An extensive collection of the music I’ve made, videos of live performances, 60+ film cues, and more information can be found at my website: www.gwhitty.com For a look at my complete resume, click here: http://music.gwhitty.com/GWResume6-14.pdf

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