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White was born on December 21, 1946 in New York City. He began
studying percussion and music with his father at the age of nine, and
studied theory and harmony with Vincent Corzine while in high school.
Mr. White then continued his formal education at Ithaca College and
later at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied
with Alan Dawson, Charlie Marino, and Herb Pomeroy. He also studied
privately with Freddie Buda of the Boston Symphony. Later, he studied
orchestration and arranging with Frank Foster.
Since moving back to New York City in 1970, Mr. White has performed
and/or recorded with a variety of artists, including Carman McCrae,
Jaki Byard, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, John Faddis, Bill
Hardman, Junior Cook, Claudio Roditi, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Tom
Waits, Kim & Marion, Enrico Rava, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Gary
Bartz, John Hicks, Walter Bishop Jr., Al Grey, Teddy Edwards, Klaus
Ignatzek, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Irene Reid, and Savion Glover.
In October 1994, Mr. White released Harlem Sunset (Postcards
1006), his first CD as a leader and composer, as well as drummer.
Describing his work on this recording, Mr. White explains that “music,
for me, is a liberating force, and I want to write and play music that
will make people feel better by opening them up to their own thoughts
as well as to mine.”
On Harlem Sunset, the visionary drummer/composer brought
together an exiting and talented group of musicians to accomplish this
goal. Together, saxophonist Gary Bartz, trombonist Robin Eubanks,
vibist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and bassist Buster
Williams, as well as Mr. White, bring energy and enthusiasm to six of
the drummer’s original compositions and to a tune by Roditi and a
classic version of Billy Eckstine’s “I Want to Talk About You.” “I was
fortunate to get these great artists to join me on Harlem Sunset,”
says Mr. White, “and I’m really very happy with the wonderful musical
contributions they made.”