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Trombonist, composer, arranger David White is a highly versatile musician who is building a strong reputation on the New York City jazz scene. In addition to leading his own band, the David White Jazz Orchestra, he’s 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. I
In 2011, David produced and released his debut recording with the David White Jazz Orchestra. The album, entitled Flashpoint, has been well-received by audiences and critics alike. The New York City Jazz Record applauded Flashpoint in its August 2011 issue:
“Trombonist David White has made a wonderful contribution to the big band genre with Flashpoint, an album of mostly originals that taps the wells of orchestral jazz with imagination, cleverness and style.”
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.