A versatile pianist, organist, and music director, Brooklyn-based Brad Whiteley maintains an impressively full performance schedule both in NYC and around the country. While earning a Masters of Music and Performers Certificate from the Indiana University School of Music, Whiteley grew as an artist under jazz great David Baker and classical pianist Edward Auer in addition to a semester of training in Vienna, Austria. Since moving to NYC he has studied with Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, David Berkman, and Sam Yahel.
Growing as an artist both locally and internationally, Brad was accepted into the Henry Mancini Institute (Los Angeles) on a full tuition scholarship, the Banff International Jazz Workshop (Alberta, Canada), Amerika Institute (Vienna, Austria), Flaine Music Academy (Flaine, France) and the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO.) His years of exploring and learning his craft from some of the world’s greatest teachers and musicians have shaped his diverse repertoire of work and talent that he brings to his bustling schedule in NYC. He has also taken part in prestigious workshops and music camps as a teacher, including Interlochen and Shell Lake.
An impressive jazz pianist and organist, Whiteley has graced the stage of many notable clubs in NYC including Smoke, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Garage, Joe’s Pub, Merkin Concert Hall, Iridium, and the Mercury Lounge. He performs and records with a diverse range of artists and bands including the Cameron Mizell Funk Trio, Big Bang Big Band, Tenor Madness, the Nick Moran Trio, and his own personal project, indie rock band Little Grey Girlfriend.
Brad’s work as a music director ranges from The Texas Tenors, to Broadway singers Jeri Sager and Darius DeHaas, to cabaret stars Sylvia McNair and Janice Martin. His fluency in Logic Audio, Mainstage, and Finale makes him an asset to the arranging, recording, and production process. Brad also serves as music director and organist at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Bronx, and teaches piano for The Piano School of NYC and Ivy Music Studios. His commitment to music education and growing as a musician himself, is essential to his virtuosic performing and the longevity of his already impressive career.