Memorial Service for Jazz Pianist Harry Whitaker
Service remembering pianist to be held at St. Peter’s Church in NYC
The jazz pianist Harry Whitaker, who died on November 17, 2010, will be remembered in a memorial service at St. Peter’s Church in New York City on Monday, January 24, 2011, from 7 to 10pm. The church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street.
Whitaker was born in Pensacola, Florida on September 19, 1942. He began playing piano at the age of five. His family later moved to Detroit, where he had his first professional experiences as a jazz musician. Whitaker traveled to New York City when he was just 18 and eventually he landed various road jobs, including stints with Lloyd Price, Roy Ayers,Eugene McDaniel, Blood Sweat & Tears, Roberta Flack and Stephanie Mills.
During his later years, he recorded jazz piano albums for Luke Kaven’s Smalls record label, which released Thoughts (Past and Present) in 2007 and One Who Sees All Things in 2008. He frequently played at NYC jazz clubs, such as Smalls, Fat Cat and Arturo’s (where he had a weekly gig).