Dr. Michael White is a leading figure in traditional New Orleans jazz and one of the only few to creatively carry on the rich clarinet sound and style of that city. He is a relative of several first generation jazz musicians including bassist, Papa John Joseph, clarinetist, Willie Joseph and reedman, Earl Fouche. He studied clarinet with noted band director, Edwin Hampton and began his jazz career playing in social clubs and jazz funerals with Doc Paulin’s Brass Band.
Today, Dr. White has an active career as one of the most respected and visible of New Orleans musicians. He has performed in over two dozen countries, has played on over sixty recordings and has twelve recordings under his own name, including critically acclaimed Basin Street Records releases which contain several of his original compositions. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and has served as musical director for several Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts.
Dr. White currently teaches African American Music at Xavier University and holds the Rosa and Charles Keller Endowed Chair in Humanities.
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