Michael White Quintet

Michael White Quintet

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Legendary jazz violinist Michael White and the virtuosos of his quintet are true innovators in the jazz world, transporting audiences with their timeless, ageless, borderless sound.


Michael White is a composer, educator, innovator, and major recording artist formerly on Impulse and Elektra/Asylum records. He has played alongside musical giants including John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Stevie Wonder, among many others. In 2010, Michael White was honored for his outstanding achievements as a jazz violinist and received certificates of recognition from the United States Congress, the California Legislature Assembly and the City Of Los Angeles declaring him a "Living Legend." This year, the Michael White Quintet: Unit 2 was added to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's prestigious Musician Roster.

White's recent release, "Voices," received praise from jazz critics as well as awards from the International Songwriting Competition and Independent Music Awards. Songs from the album were featured on the PBS documentary "Road Trip Nation." Released at the same time as Verve's re-release of his album "The Land of Spirit and Light," the album "Voices" connects White's past body of work to his current creative endeavors, and prompted the formation of the Michael White Quintet. Says White of the group's philosophy, "The cornerstones of our music are 'Love, Healing, Inspiration and Hope.' Our sound is intended to touch one's heart and fill one's body with a 'kozmic groove'!"

The Michael White Quintet:Unit 2 keeps that buoyant spirit intact. It combines Unit 1's members, including soulful vocalist Leisei Chen and versatile guitarist Timothy Young with accomplished LA-based musicians Jon Ossman on bass (Paula Cole, Marc Cohn), and Danny Frankel on percussion (K.D. Lang, Bebel Gilberto).With each member a true musical master in his or her own right, the quintet bridges cultures, genres, and backgrounds, for a sound that lives up to its intention: to be ageless, timeless, and borderless.

The Michael White Quintet:Unit 2 is available for international engagements and tours, festivals, concerts, master classes, workshops, and multimedia projects.

* 2011 Michael White Quintet: Unit 2 addition to Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Musician Roster
* 2010 "Living Legend" Certificate of Recognition from US Congress, CA Legislature Assembly and the city of Los Angeles
* 2007 Winner in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs)
* 2006 Second Place Winner in The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
* 2006 Honorable Mentions-Session 1 in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC)
* Voice of America Radio New Star Awards
* Down Beat Magazine Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition
* Faculty member of the Cornish College of The Arts

Michael White has appeared in San Francisco, as a special guest with The John Coltrane Quartet, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Gallison, Elvin Jones, along with Wes Mongomery and Eric Dolphy, Joe Bonner, Richard Davis,Henry Grimes, Tootie Heath, Philly Joe Jones (band), Rasaan Roland Kirk (band), Herbie Lewis, Buddy Montgomery, Eddie Moore, Phineas Newborn Jr., Odean Pope, George Szabo, Lonnie Liston Smith, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, John Handy, Sonny Simmons, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins.

Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Berkeley Jazz Festival, Pacific Coast Jazz Festival, FESTAC Multi-Arts Festival (Lagos, Nigeria), Newport Jazz Festival Violin Summit (with Ray Nance and Jean Luc-Ponty), Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (San Francisco, California), San Francisco Jazz Festival (Fourthway Reunion)


2011 CD "Spirit Dance" Impulse! SHM-CD reissued : UMG in Japan
2010 CD "White Night" Elektra reissued : Wounded Bird Records
2010 CD"X-Factor" Elektra reissued : Wounded Birds Records
2006 CD "Voices" IZNIZ Recordings
2006 CD "Pnema" Impulse! reissued : UMG in USA
2005 CD "Land Of Spirit And Light" LPR Impulse! reissued : UMG in Europe & USA
2005 CD "Pneuma" LPR reissued by Impluse! : UMG in Japan

BBC Radio1 Giles Peterson London, England
RADIO X 91.8/ 99.85 FM Frankfurt, Germany
Stylin 3RRR FM Melbourne, Australia
CHUO 89.1 FM Ottawa, Canada
CJSR 88.5 FM Alberta, Canada
CHYZ 94.3 FM Qu├ębec, Canada
CKCU 93.1 FM Ottawa, Canada
WAER 88.3 FM Syracuse, NY
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA
KSBR 88.5 FM Mission Viejo, CA
KBCS 91.3 FM Bellevue-Seattle, WA
KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle, WA
KBOO 90.7FM Portland, OR
WMEB 91.9 FM Orono, ME
WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT
KMUW 89.1 FM Wichita, KS
WBGU, 88.1FM Bowling Green, OH
KMXT 100.1FM Kodiak, AK
WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM Grand Rapids, MI
WDBX 91.1FM Carbondale, IL
WHCJ 90.3FM Savannah, GA
Lagniappe Broadcast Network
Pensacola Live365
Cybro Radio
Blue Beam Radio
Free Fall Radio
Soulville Radio Show

And additional airplay in the following countries: Switzerland, Australia, Austria, Finland, Ireland and the UK, Japan, Croatia, Germany, Greece, and Hong Kong.

Set List

Details (incl.Rider & Stage Plot) Will Be Provided Upon Your Request!

Michael White Quintet repertoire covers original compositions, jazz classics, bossa nova, latin, and sponteneous sound improvisation.