Tommy Whittle discography...
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Tommy Whittle discography (from 1965)...
before 1965... He worked in Jack Parnell's ATV Orchestra during the 1960s and early 1970s. Throughout this period he continued to play regular jazz club dates and for some years ran his own jazz club at the Hopbine pub in North London. He continued to freelance and played at many recording sessions and during the 1980s and 1990s often appeared in the Ted Heath Band, now led by Don Lusher who was a trombonist in the Heath band for many years. Yhrough the 1990s and 2000s he continued to lead his own quartet and accompanied the successful Ella Fitzgerald Songbook, a show devised by singer Barbara Jay (his wife).
His Lester Young/Stan Getz/Paul Gonsalves style has varied little over the years and he continued to play until his death in October, 2013 at the age of 87.

Tommy Whittle in conversation with Jazz Journal (1978)...
After his 1963 recording date with the Forty Two Big Band Tommy Whittle's was not recorded again until 1965 although this was not released at the time. The Harkit CD, now out of print, gives the recording date as November, 1965 but Hayes biographer Simon Spillett says this is incorrect and the Hopbine date was actually recorded on March 13th...
Tubby Hayes Quartet - March 13th, 1965 (Live at the Hopbine)
Tommy Whittle, Tubby Hayes (ts), Kenny Powell (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Dick Brennan (d).
On Green Dolphin Street*/Have You Met Miss Jones#.
(*Harkit CD - Tubby Hayes Live at the Hopbine)
(#Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Dave Lee and his Orchestra - c1965 (Jazz improvisations of our man Crichton - Colpix PXL 550)
Eddie Blair (tp,fl-hrn), Kenny Wheeler (tp,t-hrn), Keith Christie (tb), Alf Rees (tu), Roy Willox (as,f), Tommy Whittle (ts), Ronnie Ross (bs,b-cl), Dave Lee (p), Spike Heatley (b), Kenny Clare, Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Were I As Good.

Bill Le Sage - c1965/6 (Bill's Recipes - Saga STM6019)
Eddie Blair (tp), George Chisholm, Lad Busby, Ken Goldie, Jackie Armstrong (tb), Henry Mackenzie (cl), Tommy Whittle (ts), Bill Le Sage (acc,p,vib), Derek Smith (p), Lennie Bush or Pete Blannin (b), Tony Kinsey (d).
First Night/Blues/Finders Keepers/Pict's Lament/Snow Face/Little Bop Poos/Shade Of Spring/Lazy/Cloud Frolic/Cambridge Blue/Rain On The Seine/Chirracahua .

Elaine Delmar - c1965/6 (Columbia SX6044)
Elaine Delmar (vcl) acc by Moe Miller (tp,fhr), Tommy Whittle (ts), Colin Beaton (p), Laurie Wise (g), John Borthwick (b), Harvey Bruns (d).
(Twelve titles) .

Tommy Whittle Quartet - February, 1967 (Sax for Dreamers - Masquerade MQ2000)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Kenny Powell (p), Lennie Bush or Peter Ind* (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
The Things We Did Last Summer*/The Folks Who Live On The Hill*/When Sunny Gets Blue*/A House Is Not A Home*/My One And Only Love*/Autumn In New York/The Shadow Of Your Smile/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face/Who Can I Turn To/Manhattan/Easy Living/Moonlight In Vermont.

Tony Coe & The Lansdowne String Quartet - c1967 (Tony's Basement - Columbia SCX6170)
Tony Coe (as,ts,cl), Tommy Whittle-1 (ts), Bill Le Sage (p,vib), Dennis Bowden (b), Barry Morgan (d), Monty Babson (bgo), + Lansdowne String Quartet.
Baby Blue/The Midnight Sun Will Never Set/Murmurio (1)/Ghost Of Yesterday/Baby Doll, I Love You/The Lady Sings The blues (1)/Whisper It Slow/Never Love A Stranger/Tony's Basement.

On November 19th, 1968 US trombone player Slide Hampton recorded a big band album in London for the French Pathe-Marconi label. The band include leading British musicians including Eddie Blair and Tommy Whittle. The album was not released in the UK...

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra - October 27th, November 27th and 28th, 1969 (London Date - Phillips 630823)
Big band including Benny Goodman (cl), Kenny Baker (tp), Tommy Whittle (ts), Bill Mcguffie (p), Lennie Bush (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
(Seventeen titles).

George Chisholm's All Stars - December 15th, 1971 (Along the Chisholm Trail - "77" SEU12/43)
Kenny Baker (tp), George Chisholm (tb), Tommy Whittle (ts), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
In A Mellotone*/Ain't Misbehavin'*/Avalon*/I Got Rhythm*.
(*Progressive CD - Along the Chisholm trail)

Phil Seamen - December 17th, 1971 (Phil on drums - A jam session at the Hideaway - "77" SEU12/53)
Gerry Salisbury (cnt), Ray Crane (tp), Keith Christie, John Picard (tb), Sandy Brown (cl), Tommy Whittle (ts), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Allen's Alley (GS,RC,SB out)/It's A Wonderful World/When Sonny Gets Blue (GS,RC,KC,JP out)/Just Squeeze Me.

George Chisholm - May 16th, and 23rd, 1973 (Gold Star 150001)
Kenny Baker (tp,flhrn), George Chisholm (tb), Tony Coe (as,bs), Tommy Whittle (ts,f), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
In A Mellow Tone*/Here's That Rainy Day*/Walk right Up Folks*/The Boy Next Door*/Let's Try One*/Things Ain't What They Used To Be*/Ja Da*/Mood Indigo*/Fizz Dog Blues*/Stardust*/Lil Darlin'*/Squatty Roo*.
(*Lake CD - George Chisholm - In a Mellow Tone)

George Chisholm - May 16th, and 23rd, 1973 (Line L2030)
Kenny Baker (tp,flhrn), George Chisholm, Roy Williams (tb), Tony Coe (as,bs), Tommy Whittle (ts,f), Alan Branscombe (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
It's All Right With Me/Jazzing On A Scale/Blues For Twos.

Kenny Baker's All Stars - December 9th, 1974 (77 S56)
Kenny Baker (tp), Don Lusher (tb), Tommy Whittle, Danny Moss (ts), Tony Lee (p), Tony Archer (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Sweet Sue*/Out Of Nowhere*/Three Little Words* (DL,DM out)/It Don't Mean A Thing* (DL,DM out).
(*Progressive CD - Kenny Baker's All Stars & The Dick Morrissey Quartet)

Jack Parnell Orchestra - c1976 (The Jack Parnell Band Show - Music for Pleasure MFP50302)
Big band including Kenny Baker (tp), Tommy Whittle (ts), Norman Stenfalt (p), Lennie Bush (b), Ronnie Verrell, Jack Parnell (d), The Polka Dots and other vocalists.
(Thirteen titles).

Tommy Whittle Quartet - 1977 (Why Not? - Jam 648)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Tony Lee (p), Tony Archer (b), Martin Drew (d).
Jingles*/Why Not*/But Beautiful*/Know It All*/Emily*/Bullseye*/Watch What Happens*/Funk In A Deep Freeze*.
(*Acrobat CD - Why not - The Tommy Whittle Quartet)

Peggy Lee acc. by the Jack Parnell Orchestra - March 13th, 1977 (Live in London - Spectrum/Polygram 550088)
Peggy Lee (vcl) acc. by Kenny Baker (tp), Don Lusher (tb), Bob Burns (as), Ronnie Verrell (d) + strings.
(Sixteen titles).

Tommy Whittle Quartet/Quintet - spring, 1977 (Jigsaw - Alamo AJ4501)
Tommy Whittle (ts), John Horler (p), Sean Whittle (synth.)*, Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Jigsaw* (2 takes)/You've Changed/Monotone*/Reflections*/So Do It/Children's Games*/The Way We Were/Triste.

George Melly - November 24th to 28th, 1978 (George Melly with the Kenny Woodman Orchestra - Pye NSPL 18602)
George Melly (vcl) with group including John Chilton (tp), and Tommy Whittle (ts,cl).
(Nine titles).

The Don Lusher Big Band - October 18th and 19th, 1979 (Don Lusher Big Band - Chandos BBR1006) Don Lusher

George Chisholm and his Gentlemen of Jazz - March 29th, 1981 (BBC Jazz from the 70s & 80s in stereophonic sound - Upbeat Jazz URCD155)
Dave Hancock (tp), George Chisholm (tb), Henry Mackenzie (cl,as), Tommy Whittle (ts), Jack Emblow (acc), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Feet First/West End Blues/Ain't Misbehavin.

Tommy Whittle Quartet - January, 1982 (The Nearness Of You - Tee-Jay 101)
Tommy Whittle (ts, bs-cl, fl), John Horler (p), Sean Whittle (synth -1), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d), Barbara Jay (vocal).
Limehouse Blues/Come In From The Rain (vcl)*/Lonesome/New York State Of Mind (vcl)*/Tell Me More Samba/The Nearness Of You (vcl)*/Crosswinds(1)/Willow Weep For Me (vcl)*/I'm Glad There Is You (vcl)*/Little Green Men(1).
(*Spotlite CD - Barbara Jay - Just Friends)

Colin Busby and his Big Swing Band - September, 1984 (Big Swing Band Favourites - Horatio Nelson YU100)
Big band including Kenny Baker (tp) and Tommy Whittle (ts,cl).
(Twelve swing band classics).

Tommy Whittle / Alan Barnes Quintet - November 20th, 1985 (Straight Eight - Miles Music MM001)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Alan Barnes (as,cl), Mick Pyne (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Alan Jackson (d).
Straight Eight/Con Alma/Joking/Peppercorn/Note 8.7/Goodbye/That's All/Early/Stablemates.

Anita O'Day - Live at Ronnie Scott's, March 4th, 1986 (Anita O'Day - Wadham-Hendring WHCD005)
Anita O'Day (vcl) acc. by Tommy Whittle (ts,fl), Merrill Hoover (p), Lennie Bush (b), John Poole (d).
(Twelve titles).

George Chisholm & The UK All Stars - March 9th, 1986 (The swingin' Mr C. with Carole Moore - Zodiac 1026)
David Savill (tp,flhrn), George Chisholm (tb), Tommy Whittle (ts), Henry McKenzie (cl,as), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Bobby Orr (d), Carole Moore (vocal-1).
Jumpin' With Mr C/You've Changed(1)/Sophisticated Lady/Tin Roof Blues/Don't Worry 'Bout Me(1)/One For Monk/That Old Feeling(1)/I'm Beginning To See The Light/Dear Bix(1)/Flip-Flop.

The Don Lusher Big Band - c1986 (Pays tribute to the great bands - Horatio Nelson SIV110) Don Lusher

George Chisholm's Jazz Giants - June 11th, 1987 (That's a-plenty - Zodiac 1025)
Kenny Baker (tp,cnt), George Chisholm (tb,vocal-1), Tommy Whittle (ts), Henry McKenzie (cl,as), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Ronnie Verrell (d), Bob Bates (tuba), Jim Douglas (bjo).
Fidgety Feet/Jodypot/Persian Market/Dapper Dan(1)/After You've Gone/That's A'Plenty/Wolverine Blues/Squeeze Me/Someday You'll Be Sorry(1)My Mother's Eyes/West End Blues.

Barbara Jay - January 12th, 1988 (or 89) (Memories of You - Tee-Jay 102)
Barbara Jay (vcl) acc. by Tommy Whittle (cl,ts), Roy Williams (tb), Brian Dee (p), Dave Green (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Stomping At The Savoy*/The Lady's In Love With You*/You Turned The Tables On Me*/If Dreams Come True*/The Man I Love*/Memories Of You*.
Barbara Jay (vcl) acc. by Tommy Whittle (cl,ts), Brian Dee (p), Bill Le Sage (vib), Martin Taylor (g), Dave Green (b), Bobby Orr (d).
A Smooth One*/Moonglow*.
Barbara Jay (vcl) acc. by Martin Taylor (g).
These Foolish Things*/Goodbye*.
(*Spotlite CD - Barbara Jay - Just Friends)

The Don Lusher Big Band - c1989 (Pays tribute to the great bands Volume Two - Horatio Nelson SIV1114) Don Lusher
The Don Lusher Big Band - early 1990s (Pays tribute to the great bands Volume Three - Horatio Nelson SIV1125) Don Lusher

The Pizza Express All Star Band - July 16th and 30th, 1990 (The Poll Winners - Pizza PECD9)
Colin Smith (tp), Roy Williams (tb), Dave shepherd (cl), Tommy Whittle (ts), Brian Dee (p), Len Skeat (b), Allan Ganley (d).
Royal Garden Blues/She's Funny That Way/I Saw Stars/Sultry Serenade/Jeep Is Jumpin'/I Never Knew/Northwest Passage/On The Alamo/Three Little Words/Original Dixieland One Step/Through For The Night/Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me/Teasing Power Of Lena/Moten Swing/Sugar/Blue Lou/Jones.
(Pizza CD - The Poll Winners)

Tommy Whittle Quartet - February 20th, 1992 (Warm Glow - TeeJay Records 103 (CD))
Tommy Whittle (ts), Brian Dee (p), Len Skeat (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Warm Glow (2 takes)*/Sugar*/Blues For Ronnie's*/Laura*/In Lester's Scrapbook*/Shapes*/Cinnamon And Cloves*/My One And Only Love*/The Healer*/My Ideal*/Fascinating Rhythm*.
(*Acrobat CD - Warm Glow - The Tommy Whittle Quartet)

Kenny Baker & His Orchestra - 1993 (Tribute to the Great Trumpeters - Horatio Nelson CDSIV1124)
Kenny Baker (tp,vcl), Derek Watkins, Derek Healey, Tony Fisher, Ronnie Hughes (tp), Jackie Armstrong, Maurice Pratt, Bill Geldard, Don Lusher, Ted Barker (tb), Roy Willox, Ray Swinfield, Tommy Whittle, Peter Warner, Eddie Mordue (saxes), Brian Lemon (p), Lennie Bush (b), Jack Parnell (d).
Carnival Time/And The Angels Sing/I Can't Get Started (vcl)/Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey/You Made Me Love You/Satchmo/What's New/How Long Has This Been Going On/Little Jazz/Sugar Blues/Tenderley/Georgia/Davenport Blues/Morning Glory/Echoes Of Harlem/Our Love Is Here To Stay/Memories Of You/Music Goes Round And Around.
(Horatio Nelson CD - Tribute to the Great Trumpeters)

Rosemary Squires/Maxine Daniels/Barbara Jay - April 18th and 19th, 1994 (Ella Fitzgerald Songbook - Spotlite SPJ-CD556)
Rosemary Squires, Maxine Daniels, Barbara Jay (vcl) acc. by Tommy Whittle (cl,ts), Brian Dee (p), Jimmy Richardson (b), Bobby Worth (d).
(28 songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald).
(Spotlite CD - Ella Fitzgerald Songbook)

Bob Wilber - October 10th, 1994 (Bean: Bob Wilber's tribute to Coleman Hawkins - Arbors Jazz ARCD19144)
Bob Wilber, Harry Allen, Antti Sarpila, Tommy Whittle (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Cliff (g), Dave Green (b), Clark Tracey (d).
(17 titles associated with Coleman Hawkins).
(Arbors Jazz CD - Bean: Bob Wilber's tribute to Coleman Hawkins)

Tommy Whittle and the Bob Hudson Trio - June 6th, 1997 (Encore! - Sine SND0077)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Bob Hudson (p), Geoff Pearson (b), Derek Bush (d).
Flamingo*/Darn That Dream*/Sweet And Lovely*/Trotting*/It Never Entered My Mind*/Wave*/My Foolish Heart*/Tee-jay Blues*/Night And Day*/On Green Dolphin Street*/My Romance*.
(*Sine CD - Encore!)

Barbara Jay/Lee Gibson/Tina May - June 26th and 27th, 2000 (Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Revisited- Spotlite SPJ-CD565)
Barbara Jay, Lee Gibson, Tina May (vcl) acc. by Steve Waterman (flhn), Tommy Whittle (ts), John Pearce (p), Jimmy Richardson (b), Bobby Worth (d).
(14 songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald. Tommy Whittle plays on seven of the tracks).
(Spotlite CD - Ella Fitzgerald Songbook Revisited)

Ted Heath Band - December 4th, 2000 (The Farewell concert - Avid) - Ted Heath

Barbara Jay - August 21st, 2002 (Reminiscing With... - Spotlite SPJ-CD575)
Barbara Jay (vcl) acc. by , Tommy Whittle (alt-fl,ts), Julian Stringle (cl), Keith Ingham (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Ralph Salmins (d).
When Sunny Gets Blue*/Gone For The Day*/Strike Up The Band*/How Am I To Know*/Anything Goes*/Ghost Of A Chance*/Mairzy Doats*/the Very Thought Of You*/Jersey Bounce*/When The Sun Comes Out*/Taboo*/We'll Be Together Again*/Soon It's Gonna Rain*/Nobody Else But Me.
(Spotlite CD - Reminiscing With... Barbara Jay)

Tommy Whittle Quintet - May 13th and 14th 2003 (Spotlite)
Tommy Whittle (ts,fl), Keith Ingham (p), Jeff Green (g), Jim Richardson (b), Bobby Worth (d).
Tom Kattin*/Up With The Lark*/Misty*/Funk In Deep Freeze*/Stairway To The Stars*/Broadway*/Lester Leaps In*/Slow Hot Wind*/My Ideal*/You Stepped Out Of A Dream*/You'd Be So Nice To Come home To*/Polka Dots And Moonbeams*/The Song Is You*.
(*Spotlite CD - Grace Notes - The intimate sound of the Tommy Whittle Quintet)

Tommy Whittle / Mark Nightingale Quintet - 2009 (Spotlite)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Mark Nightingale (tb), Richard Busiakiewicz (p), Jim Richardson (b), Bobby Worth (d).
Crazy Rhythm*/A Lady's Vanity*/Old Reliable*/The Things We Did Last Summer*/Waltz For Barbara*/Three O'Clock In The Morning*/In The Clear*/Too Close For Comfort*/Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps*/In Lester's Scrapbook*/Bo Bi My Boy*/Trotting*/Sweet And Lovely*.
(*Spotlite CD - The Tenor Connection)

Discography covering records made by Tommy Whittle up to 1961...

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