Greater Toronto Area, Canada
Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile pianist, 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 eight CDs 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 thirty years Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras and big bands, in new music concerts and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and has performed in Brazil, Egypt, Japan and Australia
Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Harold Danko, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert and Jane Bunnett. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Hogtown Syncopators, The Cookers Quintet, The Orange Devils and The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including Terra Hazelton, Jessica Lalonde, Ori Dagan and Tiffany Hanus.
In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at York University in Toronto.