The Whitesell Brothers Quartet
The Whitesell Brothers Quartet presents original music inspired by beauty, joy and introspection.
Twin brothers Jake Whitesell (saxophone) and Sam Whitesell (piano) have been performing together for more than two decades. The brothers grew up in Potsdam, NY, studying and performing music in several idioms, including classical, Celtic, jazz, and rock. In high school, they dug deeply into classic jazz recordings and formed a working jazz combo. The brothers furthered their studies in jazz and classical performance at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, graduating in 2005.
Jake Whitesell moved to central Vermont in 2010 and has since become one of Vermont's most in-demand freelance saxophonists and jazz musicians. He performs regularly with his own jazz groups and a variety of other bands in Vermont, and tours nationally with Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band. As lead alto saxophonist with Wally Siebel's All-Star Big Band in Potsdam, NY, Jake has backed up numerous jazz greats including Gary Smulyan, Ken Peplowski, John Pizzarelli, Steve Wilson, and Ray Vega. Jake has also performed with The Temptations and The Dartmouth Gospel Choir.
Sam Whitesell moved to Burlington in 2016 after completing a Masters degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the Crane School of Music. For the past several years, he has maintained a busy schedule performing in a variety of styles, teaching privately, and composing. Sam performs regularly in the Burlington area with his own working jazz group as well as with the Ray Vega Jazz Quartet.
The Whitesell brothers are supported by talented native Vermont musicians Robinson Morse (bass) and Geza Carr (drums). Both perform regularly with Ray Vega, Taylor Haskins, Shane Hardiman, and Michael Chorney's Hollar General, among others. Robinson Morse also leads the Sound of Mind Medium Big Band and is a member of Vorcza.
The Whitesell Brothers Quartet has appeared at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival annually since 2013.
For Booking, please contact Jake at: jake_whitesell (AT) yahoo (DOT) com