"The biggest idea we're trying to lay on people's minds," says drummer Sebastian Whittaker, "is that you don't need to become a non-conformist to have new and fresh music, because so much roadwork has been laid by the forefathers. We've only begun to scratch the surface and understand where people like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane have already taken the music. So I'm trying to keep the legacy alive."
On his debut recording for Justice Records, First Outing, Whittaker did exactly that with a set of mostly original tunes that recalled the Blue Note Records sound of the '50s and '60s. With Searchin' For The Truth, his second release, he continued to pay homage to that era. With his third, One For Bu!, Bash focuses on, Art Blakey, while on his fourth The Valley Of The Kings, his focus is on the implications of both Elvin Jones and John Coltrane.
Art Blakey is a name that comes up frequently in Whittaker's conversations. "One thing I got from Art," Bash says, "was the feeling of family that all his bands had, and that is a characteristic I've borrowed in constructing my band. A lot of people put together a band of all-stars, but it doesn't sound like a family. Sometimes the true definition of 'band' gets lost in the flash and pyrotechnics that they are putting across."
Sebastian Whittaker and his band the Creators are available for concerts, festivals, clubs engagements as well as educational activities including master classes, and clinics.