But his main
focus is on the performance of his original jazz works, while still finding
the time to work with many distinguished collaborators from many diverse
genres, including jazz, world, soul, electronica and hip-hop.
These include Grammy-winners Bilal and Scott Jacoby, Ambrose
Akinmusire (Blue Note), Spleen and Hugh Coltman (Universal
France), Marcus Shelby, Dave Ellis, Kenny Brooks, and 2009 Grammy Nominee Maiysha.
His debut album "First Things First" was released in 2010 on Porto Franco Records and was acclaimed as "One of the year's most impressive releases" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "impressive" by Down Beat Magazine. The album, featuring 11 original compositions, includes Steve Belvilus (Les Nubians), Yunior Terry (Steve Turre, Steve Coleman), Dayna Stephens (Wayne Shorter), vocalist Yaala Ballin, and Ambrose Akinmusire (winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition).
White's resume is also incredibly diverse for a jazz musician of his age. Some examples include accompanying for the Martha Graham School and Company dancers, earning a Bachelor's in Ethnomusicology at UCLA and performing fieldwork in Ghana, Morocco and Nicaragua. He also composed the jazz and funk score for the award-winning documentary "Bowling Blind" and an eclectic forthcoming musical, "Finding Harlem Dawn". Recently dabbling into the world of gospel, he is currently the Music Minister of New Journey Baptist Church in Brooklyn. He also teaches piano teacher with Mindbuilders Community Arts in the Bronx. Each experience inspires has inspired him and contributed something unique to his work.
He has been helped along the way by many teachers, supporters and benefactors, winning the CMEA Command Performance, the Duke Ellington Award, the Martin Feldman Award, and the David A. Abell Jazz Piano Scholarship, David Abell (a piano-store- owning philanthropist who also helped nurture the nascent career of a young Claire Fischer), was, in particular, a major benefactor, supplying White not only with the Abell scholarship, but loaning him a piano from his store. White also displayed an early and continuing interest in composition, writing a piece for nearly every high school and college concert in which he participated.
His teachers have included: Kenny Burrell, Tom Ranier, Gerald Wilson, Rebecca Mauleon, Jim Rousey, and Roberto Miranda.
As a composer and performer, his groups have headlined at venues across the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Some examples include:
Bruno's, San Francisco
The Mint, Los Angles
House of Blues, Los Angeles
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
Metropolitan Room, New York
Minton's, New York
Amphitheatre Monmartre, Paris
Caveau de las Oubliettes, Paris
La Sept Lezards, Paris
Dlouha Bar, Prague
Jazz Garden, Budapest
B-Squared, Tel Aviv
Le Petit Rocher, Casablanca
His groups have also participated in the following festivals:
UCLA Jazz/Reggae festival
North Beach Jazz Festival
Sounds Like Brooklyn
Hudson Valley Jazz Festival
Fete de la Musique, Paris
Personnel, Billy White
Billy White, piano; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Dayna Stephens, saxophone; Steve Belvilus, drums; Yunior Terry, bass.
Personnel, Billy White Trio:
Billy White, piano; Steve Belvilus, drums; Bennett Miller, bass.
Book now for a performance at your festival. Personnel may vary depending based on availability.
Phone: 001 -(310) 867-5603 (cell)