Bio


Photo credit - Ed Smith

Photo credit – Ed Smith

 

Chris started playing drums at 13 in school and was taught initially by his drummer father. Orchestra, Brass Band and various other bands followed as well as playing along to records, Chris gained great love and experience for music. Having played steadily since then, Chris’ move to playing full time happened in 2006. He works predominately in the pop, rock and jazz fields.

Chris has studied with Alan Dale (London’s West End), Ryan Ross – who studied privately with Gary Chaffee.  2010 saw Chris take a coveted place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study Jazz music where he graduated with a 2:1. There he studied with Scottish Drum sensation Alyn Cosker (Tommy Smith, SNJO, Wolfstone).  His studies also gave him a fantastic insight into music in a different way – learning harmony, composition and more, making Chris a truly musical drummer. He currently plays with Hercules Mandarin, Driven By Harness, Caturbhyas and his own Jazz Rock group Connected. Both Hercules Mandarin and Connected are in the process of beginning recording projects for the summer.

He also plays regularly for 2 of Scotland’s predominant Wedding/Function band – The Invitations and The Speeches.

When not playing, Chris is happiest teaching drums, in Drummer’s Only – a purpose built teaching facility in Glasgow.

Playing highlights include Lockerbie Jazz Festival with the Scott Murphy Quartet, and Champian Fulton – a New York based singer/pianist. A small tour with New York pianist John Colliani and Edinburgh Jazz Bar and Glasgow Art Club with Caturbhyas. During his time at the RCS he has performed with the likes of Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, Paolo Fresu, Jacqui Dankworth, Tommy Smith, Paul Harrison, Kevin Mackenzie, Mario Caribe and more. He was involved in the name change process for the Conservatoire – playing at the Scottish Parliament. The last few years have also seen Chris involved with a New York theatre improv group called Baby Wants Candy – The full band improvised musical, playing sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also been involved with musical theatre projects such as Little Shop of Horrors and more.  Recently Chris met Simon Beck – a highly respected theatre MD in London’s West End. Chris has worked with Simon on a collection of concerts for Norman Bowman (London’s West End, Hamlet) and a production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.

“Chris is a consummate musician, evident from the moment we met. His versatility and style knowledge allows him to play any composition with any ensemble, from Big Band to intimate Trio. A total pleasure to work and make music with, I am looking forward to our future engagement…”

Simon Beck (Conductor/Musical Supervisor, London’s West End).

“Chris Whitehouse is an extraordinarily talented and creative musician with impeccable groove. Improvising with him in Baby Wants Candy is always a joy.”

Jody Shelton. M.D. Baby Wants Candy