Blaine Whittaker is undeniably one of the most sought after saxophonists in Australia today, with his band The Groovebag and as a freelance studio recording musician.
In 1990 Blaine graduated from the Brisbane Conservatorium with a Diploma in Jazz Studies where he was awarded The Conservatorium Jazz Prize, the most distinguished conservatorium award for any jazz student.
In 1991, Blaine received the top prize of $10,000 at Generations in Jazz, the Annual James Morrison Scholarship, recognising him as the most promising new jazz artist in Australia.
Since that time he has become a regular member of the JAMES MORRISON BIG BAND, and is currently a member of Galapagos Duck and The James Morrison Sextet. Blaine pursued further studies in New York during '93 and '98, and whilst there performed with a host of American Jazz talent.
In 1997 Blaine released his first album as a leader entitled "Hard Bop Cafe" with special guest artist James Morrison. He has also recorded "Live At The Sydney Opera House" with James Morrison and Don Burrows, and he performed on the Richard Clapton album "Angel Town".
in 1990 Blaine was awarded The Conservatorium Jazz Prize, the most distinguished Conservatorium award for any jazz student.
In 1991 Blaine received the top prize of $10,000.00 at Generations In Jazz, the annual James Morrison Scholarship, recognizing him as the most promising new jazz artist in Australia.
Blaine is a Multi instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet and all the saxophones (alto, soprano, tenor and baritone)