Trevor Whiting: reeds
Trevor was born in London in 1959. After initially learning tenor horn
in the school brass band at the age of eleven, he heard recordings of
New Orleans clarinettist Sidney Bechet and immediately decided to switch
instrument. This was the beginning of a lifelong passion for jazz in its
Trevor taught himself the rudiments of clarinet
and saxophone, and by the late teens was beginning to do gigs with
various traditional and mainstream bands around the London Jazz Circuit.
By the mid-eighties he had formed his own group the "Swingtet" which
featured notable musicians such as trumpeter Ray Crane, pianist Martin
Litton, guitarist Paul Sealey and drummer John Armatage. The Swingtet
was regularly featured in the B.B.C's Jazz Club broadcasts.
During the early eighties he worked on several occasions with the late
Ken Colyer. Since the eighties, Trevor has often enjoyed working and
recording with visiting Americans including Al Casey, Art Hodes, Scott
Hamilton, Marty Gross and many others, in between a busy freelance
years he has appeared live and on recordings with new vocal star, Clare
Teal. In January 2003 he toured Germany and Holland with the Big Chris
Barber Band and subsequently joined the band on a permanent basis. In
July 2004 he came off the road to resume his career as a freelance
soloist and side man.
Music: You can listen to Trevor Whiting play the sax solo in an excerpt from "Misty Morning", from the 2003 Big Chris Barber Band CD,