Three ( Ric Fierabracci, George Whitty and Tom Brechlein ) photographed performing at Alva's in San Pedro on 08/07/10.

Grammy-award winning keyboardist George Whitty has spent 20 years playing on the road with the Brecker Brothers, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Richard Bona, Chaka Khan, Sadao Watanabe, and a dozen others, and his resume as a session musician includes some of the best-selling records of all time: Santana’s “Supernatural” (with Dave Matthews), Celine Dion’s “Falling Into You” and “These are Special Times”, and more than 100 other CDs. As a producer/keyboardist, his Grammy-winning streak began with Chaka Khan’s “The Woman I Am” in 1992 and extends through 3 award-winning releases with the Brecker Brothers, most recently Randy Brecker’s “34th and Lex”, 2004’s Grammy-winner for Contemporary Jazz Record of the Year. In April 2010, he completed work on several tracks for Herbie Hancock’s CD “The Imagine Project”, programming Herbie’s live rig for the tour as well.  As a composer, he’s written for hundreds of episodes of television and several award-winning films, composing for a dozen shows from “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot” to “As the World Turns”, for whose music he was nominated for a 2006 Emmy award. He won a 2014 Emmy award for scoring the long-running series “All My Children”.  George recently finished the score to the feature film, “The Getdown”, which is in the rotation on Showtime, and has recently been working with Herbie Hancock, both live in Herbie’s band at the Hollywood Bowl and as an arranger/keyboardist, recently completing several orchestral arrangements for a duo CD for Herbie and classical pianist Lang Lang.  He is currently also working on a number of CD projects, mixing and mastering a steady stream of CDs, conducting clinics and master classes and teaching private lessons around the world, and enjoying life in the mountains outside Los Angeles with his 2 boys.

 

“The set kicked off with 2003’s “Comin’ Home Baby,” a spacey, atmospheric groove that provided a background to showcase Sanborn’s wildly talented keyboardist and organist, George Whitty.”  – The Buffalo (NY) News, 05.21.07


 
CURRENT PROJECTS as of 08.2012:

Randy Brecker: Currently playing with Randy Brecker and the Brecker Bros. Reunion Band, featuring Will Lee, Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Oli Rockberger and Ada Rovatti.  The band played a nearly sold-out week at the Blue Note New York, and filmed a live DVD there on Saturday night of the week, which I mixed as well.  Also producing, arranging, mixing and playing on Randy’s forthcoming CD, featuring David Sanborn.

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter:Arrranged several pieces by Herbie and Wayne for full orchestra. The first of these, “Sonrisa”, premiered with the Calgary Philharmonic featuring Herbie Hancock, and continued on to the Oregon Symphonny and the Seattle Symphony. Also programming keyboards, loops and backing tracks for Herbie’s solo concert series.

Drew Zingg:  Wrote and arranged several pieces for the debut CD by long-time Steely Dan/Boz Scaggs guitarist Drew Zingg, and played all keyboards on the sessions, featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Vinnie Colaiuta, Will Lee, and several other guest artists.

Numerous CD Projects:  Chris Buck: 3 Crows – played keyboards and mixed this great disc featuring Virgil Donati, Chris Taylor, Marco Minneman, Brett Garsed. Jeff Richman – played keyboards, programmed percussion, did some arranging on this disc produced by Jimmy Haslip, got to hear Steve Gadd replace my drums! Tom Kennedy – Mastered Tom’s excellent straight-ahead CD “Just Play”. Buddy Williams – mixing for Buddy’s first CD, featuring a lot of old-school soul and killer writing, with a groove the way only Buddy can do it. Gary Haase – arranging, playing keys, programming percussion and mixing for a CD of jazz interpretations of classical themes for my long-time partner-in-crime and one of my favorite musicians.

Live Performances/Tours:  Live performances in the past year include road work with Randy Brecker, Herbie Hancock & Carlos Santana, David Sanborn, Chris Minh Doky and the Nomads, and my own trio “3”, featuring Ric Fierabracci and Tom Brechtlein.


SELECTED RECENT CREDITS AND EXPERIENCE:

 

CD PROJECTS:

 

Drew Zingg: Drew Zingg – keyboards, arranger, composer (5 songs).

The Imagine Project:  Herbie Hancock – keyboards, synthesizer orchestration.

Supernatural:  Carlos Santana and Dave Matthews – keyboards.

34th and Lex:  Randy Brecker – Producer, Keyboards/programming, Mix Engineer.  2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Falling Into You:  Celine Dion – Keyboards, programming, arrangements

Tales from the Hudson:  Michael Brecker – Producer.  1996 Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album

These Are Special Times:  Celine Dion – Keyboards, Arranger

The Woman I Am:  Chaka Khan – Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Arranger.  Grammy for Best R & B Vocal Performance

Time Is Of The Essence:  Michael Brecker – Producer.  Nominated for 2001 Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album

Till The End Of Forever:  Michael Bolton – Keyboards, Mix Engineer

Out of the Loop:  The Brecker Brothers – Producer, keyboards, arranger.  1995 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

 

TOURS:

 

David Sanborn:  1999-2011

Randy Brecker:  1992-2013

Chris Minh Doky:  2002-2012

Sadao Watanabe feat. Richard Bona:  2001-2004

The Brecker Brothers:  1992-1997

 

FILM:

The Getdown – Scored this feature comedy film, currently in the rotation on Cinemax

ASCAP’s Harold Arlen Award for Orchestral scoring, out of 300+ applicants

Jinx!  (dark comedy) directed by Adam Baran.  Bought by the Independent Film Channel

ASCAP’s Film and TV Scoring Workshop – 1 of 12 selected worldwide for this boot camp for the best young composers

Cleansing  (supernatural thriller) directed by Sean Kreminitskiy

One (suspense/action/drama) directed by Sean K.  Won Gold Medal for Best Score, 2008 Park City Film Music Festival

Open Season (drama) directed by Joseph Caldwell.  Nominated for Best Director, Best Drama, Hollywood DV Film Festival

Chi (action/martial arts) directed by Chris Vallone.  Nominated for Best Action Sequence, Action on Film Festival

Bad Dream (dark comedy) directed by Eduardo Benchoam.  Screened at HBO’s NY Int’l Latino Film Festival

Breaking All Records  (documentary) directed by Christopher Vallone

The Cask of Amontillado  (horror/drama) directed by Sean K

 

Several dozen examples of this work are available under the “Music” tab.

 

TELEVISION:

 

The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot – Reality series

MTV’s Stankervision – Sketch comedy series

The Entertainer – Reality Series

Science Times – “Living With Fire” – Discovery Channel Documentary

As the World Turns – Nominated for an Emmy for my work on this show