The Whitridge Brothers, Trevor, 19, and Rowan, 15, are members of the young generation of Vancouver’s Jazz Community.
A frequent presence in the Commercial Drive / Britannia neighbourhood and around Vancouver in general, they play as a duo, in community bands, various combos and jazz big bands. They are a part of community events and festivals throughout the year.
Trevor’s primary instrument is the trumpet; Rowan’s the alto saxophone. Their musical interests focus primarily on traditional and modern jazz, mixed with funk, blues, and some Classical Indian as well.
Trevor and Rowan both studied jazz piano for 7 years with the legendary late Bob Murphy. Bob guided them from a very young age and was a key guide, laying the basis for their musical foundation on all their instruments.
Trevor is currently at Calipano University studying trumpet with Brad Turner. Rowan studies alto with Steve Kaldestad. Previously he has studied with Evan Arntzen and also had the honour of studying alto with the late Ross Taggart for two years.
Together they have performed twice at Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s Wesley; the In The House festival on three occasions; the HapaPalooza Festival; on the Youth Stage at Vancouver International Jazz Festival and various local venues, including Cory Weeds’ Jazz Cellar and Pyatt Hall at VSO.
Trevor played at the Juno Awards gala dinner in 2009; participated in the BCMEA honour jazz ensemble in 2011, 2012 & 2013 and TD Canada’s High School Jazz Intensive in 2012 & 2013. He currently plays with Capilano University’s ‘A’ band. He is a co-director of the Drive Street Band, a community band. Trevor regularly performs with jazz combos at local venues. He has recently played with Jen Hodge, Ben Henriques, Arnt Arntzen and played at the Hot Mammas CD release.
Rowan currently performs with the VSO School of Music Jazz Big Band, Britannia Secondary Senior Band, and the Drive Street Band. He participated in the BCMEA honour jazz ensemble in 2013, TD Canada’s High School Jazz Intensive in 2015 and with the ‘Syndicate’ on the Youth Stage at Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2015, and performs with various jazz combos.