(born 29 November 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana
) is a jazz clarinetist
, jazz historian
and musical educator. Scott Yanow
, a jazz critic, said in a review that Michael "displays the feel and spirit of the best New Orleans clarinetists."
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 onstage performing in Jackson Square
in the French Quarter
. He began working with the musician regularly following the encounter. A staunch jazz tradionalist, White can be heard on the 1989 album "The Majesty of the Blues"
by Wynton Marsalis
. Wynton also appears on White's 1990 album titled "Crescent City Serenade"
, along with musicians Wendell Brunious
and Walter Payton.
Dr. White has led several bands in the New Orleans area, and has accompanied various artists on other recording projects. Since 1979 he has played in the Young Tuxedo Brass Band
, founded by clarinetist John Casimir
sometime in the 1940s. During the 1980s he also 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... Read More