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Michael White (clarinetist)

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Birth name  Michael White
Education  Tulane University
Role  Clarinetist

Name  Michael White
Instruments  Clarinet
Genres  Jazz, Dixieland
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Born  November 29, 1954 (age 61) New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (1954-11-29)
Occupation(s)  Clarinetist Educator Bandleader Composer Jazz historian
Labels  Basin Street Records Antilles Records 504 Records
Associated acts  Preservation Hall Jazz Band Chester Zardis Lucien Barbarin Wynton Marsalis Young Tuxedo Brass Band
Albums  Adventures in New Orleans Jazz Part 1
Music group  Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Similar People  Kermit Ruffins, Gregg Stafford, Jason Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, Irvin Mayfield

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Michael White (born 29 November 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator. Scott Yanow, a jazz critic, said in a review that White "displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists."


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Michael White (clarinetist) Michael White clarinetist

White is a classically trained musician who began his jazz musical career as a teenager playing for Doc Paulin's Brass Band in New Orleans. He was a member of an incarnation of the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, established by banjoist Danny Barker. He was discovered by Kid Sheik Colar, who heard him performing in Jackson Square in the French Quarter. White began working regularly with Colar. White can be heard on the 1989 album The Majesty of the Blues by Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis appears on White's 1990 album Crescent City Serenade with Wendell Brunious and Walter Payton.

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Since 1979 White has played in the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, founded by clarinetist John Casimir sometime in the 1940s. During the 1980s he led a band called The New Orleans Hot Seven. Performing "A Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton" in concert with them at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 1989 led to a favorable review by Jon Pareles in the New York Times. On May 25, 2004, a selection from White's album Dancing in the Sky ("Algiers Hoodoo Woman") was broadcast on NPR's All Songs Considered.The Dancing in the Sky album is mostly original compositions by White.

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In 1981, White founded The Original Liberty Jazz Band to preserve the musical heritage of New Orleans. The group has performed an end-of-year concert at the Village Vanguard every year since the early 1990s. On May 13, 2006 White performed "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" at the Tulane University commencement ceremony. Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton were in attendance at the ceremony. Clinton said that the music "was played the way Dixieland bands have always done it. At first low, weeping, sorrowful."


White is also a college professor who formerly taught Spanish, now teaching African-American Music at Xavier University of Louisiana, a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). At the university, he holds the Rosa and Charles Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities of New Orleans Music and Culture. He has also served as guest director at several Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts relating to traditional New Orleans jazz, often working with Wynton Marsalis. White has also served as a commissioner for the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Personal life

White was living in a one-story home in the Gentilly district of New Orleans, near the London Avenue Canal during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. White was a collector of jazz artifacts and local history for 30 years. He owned the original sheet music of "Dead Man Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton, a clarinet mouthpiece by Sidney Bechet, and an estimated 5,000 records and LPs which were lost during the flooding.


  • 1994 Royal Norwegian Musical Medal (Norway)
  • 1995 Chevalier of Arts and Letters (France)
  • References

    Michael White (clarinetist) Wikipedia

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