Biography

There is more than one artist by the name of Andrew White:
1) an American jazz/R’n’B multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, oboe and bass guitar), musicologist and publisher who, over a long career, played with Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, and served with The 5th Dimension and Weather Report
2) a British-born New Zealand-raised Celtic guitarist and singer-songwriter
3) the guitarist for the Kaiser Chiefs
4) a former member of Canadian indie rock band The Dears

1) Andrew White (born September 6, 1942, in Washington, DC) is an American jazz/R’n’B multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, oboe and bass guitar), musicologist and publisher. As a saxophonist, White appeared on the jazz scene in September 1960, concurrent with his graduation from his studies at Howard University, when he appeared with Washington D.C.’s J.F.K. Quintet (1961-63). Subsequently he played with Kenny Clarke (1965), Otis Redding (1967), McCoy Tyner (1970), Elvin Jones (1980-81), Beaver Harris (1983), The Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet (1987), “The Six Winds” Dutch Saxophone Sextet (1999), and on his own “Andrew White’s ZORROSAX ALLSTARS,” saxophone sextet (2002), and hundreds of personal solo appearances worldwide. These include solo performances at New York City’s Carnegie Hall (1974 and 1975), Lincoln Center (1990 and 1995), Town Hall (1975), The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. (1970 through 2005), Paris, France’s Theatre du Chatelet (1980), La Vila (1995), and a 1994 solo Summer tour of seven French cities.
As an electric bassist, White’s most viable career spanned the decade 1966-1976. He was primarily the electric bassist with the singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, from 1968 through August 1970, concurrent with his position as oboist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He was the principal electric bassist with the popular singing group The 5th Dimension, from 1970 through 1976. Among his most memorable recordings as an electric bassist is with the jazz-fusion super-group Weather Report’s album, Sweetnighter, recorded in January, 1973, on Columbia Records.

2) Andrew White is a British-born New Zealand-raised Celtic guitarist and singer-songwriter. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, White moved to New Zealand when he was 16 and quickly established himself as one of NZ’s top guitarists and singer-songwriters. He released his first album, Conversations, in 1984 and was immediately signed by the US label Narada Records. So far, he has recorded nine, including Islands, a collaboration with 1995 Grammy-nominated artist David Arkenstone. Following a live broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, he was snapped up by Linn Records and recorded Guitarra Celtica, a stunning instrumental album featuring 16 hauntingly beautiful original tracks. His first vocal album, Pray For Rain, features such artists as Karen Matheson (Cappercaille), Michael McGoldrick (Afro Celt Sound System), and Brendan Power (Sting, Ray Charles). Released on the independent Scottish label Vertical Records and produced by Capercaillie founder Donald Shaw, it is a skillfull recording with a unique mix of styles, strengthened by White’s brilliant guitar playing and soulful vocals. Worldwide, over 1-million copies have been sold of albums including White’s own compositions.

3) Andrew White is the guitarist for the Kaiser Chiefs

4) Andrew White is a former member of Canadian indie rock band The Dears

Edited by KeithJones on 24 May 2013, 15:37

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