Top Hammond organist guests at Monday night jazz

Pete Whittaker
Pete Whittaker

Pete Whittaker is the guest jazz musician to appear at the dynamic Bedford Arms Monday Night Jazz, on February 9.

Having played alongside such UK jazz luminaries as Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff, Dave O’Higgins, Julian Siegel, Liane Carroll and Tony Kofi, Pete has established himself as one of the top Hammond organists in the country.

After meeting like-minded souls - notably saxophonist Julian Siegel, and pianist Kate Williams - now Pete’s wife - he studied jazz and was inspired by the organist Jimmy Smith, the single most important jazz Hammond innovator ever.

As well as working as a sideman, Pete has performed and continues to perform with many great groups including The Filthy Six and John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits.

Appearing with Pete will be guitarist Nat Martin, who returns to the Bedford Arms after having played for the opening night of the weekly jazz nights back in October. Nat is an incredibly versatile musician working as a highly sought after sideman in all areas of the music industry. He has performed all over London including the 606 Jazz Club, Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, The Jazz Cafe in Camden and many other venues across London. When Nat is not performing as a sideman he is leading The Nat Martin Band and also teaches at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

Monday Night Jazz is run by local drummer Mark Hale who will be hosting the evening. The band plays two sets of music from 8.30pm and admission is free although the audience can contribute to a collection.