Amanda Whiting

Jazz Harpist, Signed to Jazzman Records

In 2020 Amanda was signed to the iconic Jazzman Records Label which  released a 10″ vinyl called Little Sunflower (with Deej Williams (bass) and Tony Robinson (drums)).*

April 2021 has seen the release of her self-penned album After Dark with her jazz trio Aidan Thorne (bass) and Jon Reynolds (drums) featuring Chip Wickham on flute and a remix by Rebecca Vasmant with vocals by Nadya Albertsson.

Amanda has been played on BBC Radio 6, Jazz FM, BBC Radio 2 and was a guest on Jamie Cullum’s Jazz show with a Take 5 interview. (see instagram below).

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A little history:

Amanda has always had a love for pop and jazz and after supporting Jamie Cullum in a local charity event (and consequently recording with Dannii Minogue), her new path was set. In 2013 she returned to RWCMD to study a Masters in Jazz  studying under eminent teachers Paula Gardiner, Huw Warren, Iain Bellamy, Dave Cliff and Dudley Phillips (amongst many others).

One of the highlights of her career has been performing at International Jazz festivals across the world with Jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra. Festivals and venues have included Hamburg, Johannesburg Union Chapel London, Jazz Cafe ( Camden), Pori Jazz66 (Finland), Ghent Jazz festival, London Jazz Festival, Gateshead and AB Belgique, Brussels.

In 2020, Amanda worked with many artists and DJs including DJ Yoda, Rebecca Vasmant, True Jazzchild, Jazzanova and flautist Chip Wickham. In 2020 she was due to tour the UK and Paris and perform at Ronnie Scotts, London with Wickham (this is currently being rescheduled due to Autumn 2021 due to the pandemic).   

*The original trio headlined in Edinburgh International Harp Festival as well as playing at Hay and Brecon Festivals.       

Jazz education

 

In 2020 Amanda was given the honour of having her own Harp Column Academy Studio (a global platform for specialist teachers). Amanda is also the Jazz harp teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Hull University and has taught at RNCM and Junior RNCM. She has also written a series of new Jazz harp books on the syllabus of Trinity College, London.

In July 2018 Amanda earned her place on the Keep an Eye Summer Jazz Workshop in Amsterdam studying with the most incredible line-up of jazz musicians including John Riley, Dick Oates and Justin Dicioccio.

 

 

 

 

“Whiting’s harp, full of flowing, cascading notes, similarly couldn’t help draw comparison to Alice Coltrane: the harp is a rare instrument in jazz, and Alice Coltrane one of it’s pioneers. In the Gondwana Orchestra, the instrument was used to great effect, adding another layer of texture.”

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra

(Islington Assembly Hall, 15 November 2016. EFG London Jazz Festival. Review by Patrick Hadfield)

In 2010 Amanda performed with the iconic blues harpist Deborah Henson-Conant

“Amanda’s talent, commitment, and above all her willingness to fully involve herself in the process of collaboration, epitomises the power of the composer/performer relationship. She then sat down and poured her heart and soul into the performance.  And the audience absolutely loved her.”

Deborah Henson-Conant

Following a damn fine E.P. of covers – an eclectic range of standards penned by folks from Duke Ellington to Cathy Dennis – Welsh harpist Amanda Whiting releases her long-player, After Dark, on Jazzman. Eleven originals and one remix, with arrangements as sophisticated as those of sometime label mate, Greg Foat. Amanda`s record, mastered to Japanese jazz kissa sound quality, actually makes the perfect partner to Foat`s Dark Is The Sun, which incidentally just got a deluxe 20th anniversary repress. 

It would be impossible not to cite Dorothy Ashby`s Afro-Harping as a reference. There’s a classic swing to the set`s syncopation and its contrabass runs. The three, occasionally four, musicians involved make music suitable for an intimate fireside evening for two. Full of a romance that cynics would have you believe was dead. Slow dancing while cymbals crash like waves against breakers, a spiritual tide rising, and brushes race like young hearts. Zing go Amanda`s strings, her virtuoso almost flamenco fingers, in duet with Chip Wickham`s footloose flute. Gently woo-ing one another as drum rolls rush, and then return to calm.  In closing DJ / producer, On The Corner`s Door To The Cosmos alumni, Rebecca Vashmant, reworks the title track, adding Nadya Albertsson`s sublime, soulful vocals and scat to its midnight blue ache. Significantly enhancing the already exquisite serenity. 

Ban BanTonTon April 2021

Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra

 

 

Performing at Wild Strings with Park Stickney

October 2018 Performing at Wild Strings with Park Stickney  (Aidan Thorne (bass)/Jon Reynolds (drums))

Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra at AB Belgique, Brussels 2019

 

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