Tim Whitehead Personal Standards Quartet

Thursday 29th September 2022

Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8.00pm-10.00pm

The Hampstead Jazz Club Presents Tim Whitehead Personal Standards Quartet featuring Dave Gordon (piano), Tom Hooper (drums) and Darren McCarthy (double bass) featuring some of the very best composers from contemporary music in fresh settings , and some fresh original compositions.

Tim’s first adventure into recording Personal Standards earned him ****Jazz album of the year‘ in the BBC Music Magazine,  and ‘Album of the week‘ in The Guardian. It featured music he grew up with including the soul music of Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers , Martha Reeves and The Vandellas,The Temptations and the fusion music of Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul.

Playing tantalisingly delicately, Whitehead really showed off his impressive control and his convincing role as emotional puppeteer: several Spin-goers reached out to clap the hands of their partners.” – The Oxford Times

Tim Whitehead’s music always stands on its own feet. His bands are consistently fine examples of attractively song-rooted composing and cutting-edge postbop improv”- John Fordham in The Guardian

He has won several major awards , including ‘The Peter Whittingham Award for New Music,’ ‘The Andrew Milne Award,’ ‘The Greater London Arts Young Jazz Musicians Award,’ and was the first ever musician artist in residence at Tate Britain in 2009. He was also shortlisted for The British Composer Awards in 2010 and Jazz Album of The Year in 2011 for the subsequent recording “Colour Beginnings”.

In 2013 he was commissioned to compose and Perform “Turner And The Thames” in The London Jazz Festival and composed with Colin Riley and toured a jazz musical for children with children’s poet laureate Michael Rosen.In 2014 he was
commissioned to compose and perform “The Ballad Of Lord Franklin and The Teignmouth Fishermen” in The Tall Ships Festival with his daughter Hattie, and in 2015 he composed and recorded “Wake Up Call” for Sextet for Sony /EMI.

Tim will be joined by a group of  accomplished musicians:

David Gordon. An award winning versatile pianist, composer
equally at home in Baroque music aswell as  jazz, has compiled an impressive discography ofexplorations into Latin American music (David Gordon Speaks Latin, “Impressive stuff from an impressive British trio”Blues And Soul) classical (Alexander Scriabin’s ragtime Band) and contemporary jazz (Undiminished).

Tom Hooper. A versatile percussionist who has worked with Grace Jones. Simple Minds, Dutch pop star Jan Smit. Aynsley Lister, Jackie Graham, Sir John Dankworth, Brian McFadden, Omar, Skye Edwards.

Those of us who have caught him live….have been left blinking in disbelief.Its not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone , phenomenal though that is , but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive .”- Dave Gelly journalist BBC/Observer

it is this visionary sensitivity that made listening to Whitehead such a delight. We, too, were sucked
into his world.” – Oxford Times (Nov 2021)


Tenor Sax – Tim Whitehead

Piano – David Gordon

Drums – Tom Hooper

Double Bass -Darren Mc Carthy

Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.

For £20.00 Tickets:

Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.

For £15.00 Tickets:

This is a fully seated event.  Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please NOTE, there is NO food served in the Jazz Club, there is a bar for drinks. We advise booking a table for dinner at the Duke of Hamilton upstairs at least 1hr before show-time – Book Here 

Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.


Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

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