Groove along to the sound of the Hammond and sax at Arms

Pete Whittaker on the Hammond
Pete Whittaker on the Hammond

The magical sounds of the saxophone and the Hammond organ will resound around the Bedford Arms for its Monday Night Jazz session on June 29.

Saxophonist Josh Kemp is one of the UK’s most in-demand jazz musicians, gaining many plaudits for his melodic improvising style and attractive compositions along the way.

Josh is known for his rich warm sound, melodic inventiveness and accessible playing style and is a regular performer at jazz clubs and festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival. Other projects include composing for and playing with the E17 Large Ensemble, as well as a ‘day job’ as house musician in London’s Savoy and Dorchester Hotels.

Josh will be playing alongside the deep grooving Hammond B3 Organ of Pete Whittaker.

Pete became very much into the genre while at college. Jazz piano 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 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.

Thus was the beginning of Pete’s professional life as a jazz organist – and 20 years later he’s still as excited by the music as he was then.

Since moving to London in the late 1990s, Pete has played with Nigel Price’s Organ Trio, winning Best Ensemble in 2010 British Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard and John Ethridge’s Blue Spirits. Pete can also be found playing alongside his jazz luminaries Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff, Dave O’Higgins, Julian Siegel, Liane Carroll and Tony Kofi.

The line up will be completed with Mark Hale who’ll be on the drums and announcements. Entry is free with a financial contribution asked of the audience. Music starts at 8.30pm.