Billy White Quintet/
      Billy White Trio

        
 

     

Personnel: Quintet: See above photo
First Day of Spring (Billy White): Steve Belvilus, drums; Yunior Terry, bass; Billy White, piano.
Blue Monk (Thelonius Monk): see previous track
Masaya (Billy White): Kevin Kanner, drums; Ryan McGilliguddy, bass; Billy White, piano.
Countdown (John Coltrane): see previous track
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 Below: Billy White Trio performs "Diamond Steps" (original) on Dec. 7, 2009 at the 5C Cultural Center, New York, New York.   Featuring Bennett Miller, bass; Ray McNaught, drums; Billy White, piano.

 

 

 Below: (Excerpt):  Billy White Quintet West performs Song For A Friend (original).t the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA, Sep 4, 2010.  Personnel: Dave Ellis, Tenor Sax; Chuck Mackinnon, trumpet; Jaz Sawyer, drums; Ben Wanicur, bass; Billy White, piano.

 Below: "Cutouts" (original) performed by Billy White Quintet West at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA, Sep 4, 2010.  Personnel: Dave Ellis, Tenor Sax; Chuck Mackinnon, trumpet; Jaz Sawyer, drums; Ben Wanicur, bass; Billy White, piano.

 Below: Billy White Quintet West performing "Under The Train" (original) at Birdland Jazz &BBQ, Berkeley, California, Sep 18th 2010.  Featuring Eric Crystal, tenor saxophone.  Chuck Mackinnon, trumpet, Eric Garland, drums, Ben Wanicur, bass, Billy White, piano.  Check out the sax solo by Eric Crystal!

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  (Left to Right): Billy White, Steve Belvilus, Yunior Terry, Dayna Stephens, Ambrose Akinmusire
   "I love all kinds of music.  But jazz is one kind of music that I will always return to, because it is so full of freedom, and of life energy.  The human mind is itself an amazing phenomenon, and music is, to me, one of the most amazing things it can do. " 

Downloadable mp3s:

Quintet
     Under the Train.mp3 (world-jazz)
      ABC Blues.mp3 (Straightahead)
Song For a Friend.mp3 (world-jazz)

Trio
First Day of Spring.mp3 (gospel-jazz)
Blue Monk.mp3 (standard)
Masaya.mp3 (modern jazz)
Countdown.mp3 (standard)
 

   
    Composer/pianist Billy White is steeped in the jazz tradition, but the path he has taken so far is anything but traditional.  He attended UCLA's jazz studies program on a piano scholarship, where he was fortunate to be taught by jazz masters like Kenny Burrell and Gerald Wilson.  While it was for his piano playing that has received awards (see below), it is White's focus on composition which is evident in his recent album, "First Things First", as well has his involvement in scoring a number of film, dance and theater projects over the recent few years.

    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. Every experience inspires him and contributes 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
A-trane, Berlin
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 Quintet:
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.

Contact/booking:
 info@billywhitemusic.com

Record label:
 music@portofrancorecords.com

website:

 www.billywhitemusic.com

Phone: 001 -(310) 867-5603 (cell)