At the tender age of 10, J.Whites destiny was shaped when his mother forced him to join the band. They walked into the room full of instruments and his mother asked him which one he wanted to play. The 10 year old nonchalantly replied I guess that oneI like the way its shaped. Little did he know he would one day come to be known as jazz saxophonist, J.White.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, J.White has spent the last 15 years honing his craft. In his early days he studied under the late Emil Acitelli. Throughout his school years he perfected his musicianship by performing with the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduation from Thurston High School, he was presented the prestigious Louis Armstrong award and shortly thereafter was offered a music scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. There J.White performed with the Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and toured with the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of the late Odie Burrus. He also became a regular at local Jazz clubs and other venues with the Too Hot NDemand Band. In 2004, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music.
With the influence of Gerald Albright, Cannonball Adderly, Kirk Whalum, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, and Grover Washington Jr., J.White has tried to intertwine Smooth Jazz with a hint of Straight Ahead Jazz to deliver a smooth, harmonic, and melodic sound.
In the 11 years he has been in Arkansas, he has been blessed to share the stage with gospel recording artist, Smokie Norful (2002), gospel recording artist, Darryl Coley (2005), gospel saxophonist, Angella Christie (2005), Eric Roberson (2009), Dave Hollister (2009), Liv Warfield (2009), and P.J. Morton (2009). J.White also plays in the horn section for gospel artist, Fred Houston and Promise. Along with the Too Hot NDemand Band, he opened for Bobby Blue Bland in concert (2006). Most recently, J.White amazed the audience in Memphis, Tennessee while opening for Jazz Legend, Najee. J. White is a song writer, producer and musician that's destined to make a mark in the Jazz world. With the release of his new album entitled A New Jazz Swagger it will only be a matter of time before this dynamic young man becomes a household name.