Professional Saxophone Course
- by Blaine Whittaker
$750 / hour
Blaine is one of the most sought after saxophonists in Asia & Australia with his band and as a studio and touring musician.
After graduating from the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music Blaine moved to Sydney to begin his lustrous career with the James Morrison sextet, touring both nationally and internationally with James and the band for over ten years.
Blaine recorded ‘Live at the Opera House’ with James and Australian jazz legend Don Burrows. He featured on the album 'Angel Town' by Australian rock icon Richard Clapton and toured Australia with British iconic pop star Cliff Richard.
Blaine pursued further studies in New York, gaining invaluable experience from time spent with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, George Coleman (ex Miles Davis) and alto great Vincent Herring. During his time in the big apple, he performed with a wealth of American jazz talent including jazz and blues legend Dakota Staten at the famous Lennox Lounge in Harlem.
The National Jazz Awards, held in Wangaratta (NSW) saw Blaine succeed as a grand finalist for the third time. Blaine embarked on an Australian tour with the Mike Nock Big Band as a featured soloist performing in cities across the country.
Whilst in Hong Kong Blaine has played with H.K. Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Jazz stars Nils Landgren & Anders Bergcrantz R&B legends Mary Wilson (Supremes), the Temptations, Cleo Lane, Laura Fygi (Holland) and Martha Reeves (U.S.). Blaine has performed and recorded with Canto-pop stars Jacky Cheung, Justin Lo, George Lam, Joey Yung, Alex To, Khalil and many many more.
Blaine collaborated with American pianist and composer Allen Youngblood to co produce the CDs ‘Midnight Odyssey’ and ‘Island Reflections’.
In 2008 Blaine released his 3rd album "Sound Barrier" to sellout crowds in Sydney, Brisbane, and Hong Kong.
Blaine has recorded with South African songstress Brigitte Mitchell on her album "Don't Explain" and with Australian songstress Emma Pask on her album 'Some other Spring". (2010)
In 2011 Blaine signed with record label Gold Typhoon in China and released his album “Twilight”.
2014 Blaine played piano and co-produced the smash hit "HOME" by Ben Semmens.
Blaine has recently released his latest album Strange Universe which is available in Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan.