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David White

David White

Class of 2003 & 2001
M.M. and B.M.

David White'03 (M.M ) and '01 (B.M) is a trombonist, composer and arranger, a highly versatile musician who is building a strong reputation on the New York jazz scene. In addition to leading his own band, the David White Jazz Orchestra, he has had the honor of sharing the stage with Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, James Weidman, Frank Lowe, Todd Coolman, Valery Ponomarev, Charli Persip, Delfeayo Marsalis, Junior Mance and Kenny Burrell among others. In a review of one of his recent performances, Jazz Inside NY Magazine praised David's work saying, "'I Have a Bad Feeling About This,' written by trombonist Dave White, was propelled by a snappy bass line and some first class solo work by the composer. White put his big sound, solid technique and solid intonation to good use on all of the material throughout the performance."

Born in Buffalo, NY in 1979, David began his musical studies at the age of 11. By 14, he was already playing professionally and he had the opportunity to perform locally with touring musicians such as Jeff Jarvis, Rufus Reid and Doc Severinsen. While in his hometown, David studied with Richard Meyers of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and jazz trombonist John Hasselback Jr. Around this time, bandleader Macy Favor took David under his wing, making him a member of his big band which appeared weekly at Buffalo's historic Colored Musicians Club. These experiences instilled in David a deep respect for the history and traditions of jazz and stirred within him a strong desire to strive for excellence in hopes that he could someday make a unique contribution to the art form he loved. David continued his training at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music where he studied trombone and composition with Jim Pugh. David earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Purchase Conservatory.

The David White Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece ensemble that plays David's original music and arrangements exclusively. The orchestra began performing in the fall of 2007 and in 2009 David was awarded a grant from the American Music Center to support the creation of new works for it to perform. Recently, the orchestra recorded its first studio album entitled Flashpoint. The members of the orchestra come from diverse backgrounds and each individual adds something unique to the tapestry of the whole. Although they take a deep bow to the traditions passed down by our elders, their music is progressive and this is most decidedly not your grandfather's big band.