Born: September 11, 1965 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor/leader
Bassist, Composer, Arranger
Since 1991, Harley White Jr. has been a prominent figure on the Sacramento music scene in a wide array of roles from pop recording artist with “Papa’s Culture”, as a creative force with “Blackalicious”, “Original Heads” and “Dr. Echo”, as an award winning bassist, and as an impresario presenting the WhiteNoise™ festival.
Now, with the Harley White Jr. (HWJO) Jazz Orchestra, White returns to his musical roots as the son of prominent Bay Area Educator,Bassist, Harley White Sr.
Performing Groups * 1991- 1996 Papa’s Culture (Funk/Pop/World Beat) * 1995 to present Original Heads(Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop) * 2005 Harley White Jr. Orchestra (Swing/Blues)
Albums * 1993 Papa’s Culture “Papa’s Culture but...” (Elektra Records * 1995 Melvin Van Peebles “Ghetto Gothic” (Capitol Records) * 1998 Cake Prolonging the Magic (Volcano Records) * 1998 Blackalicious ”Nia “ (Quannum Records) * 2002 Blackalicious “Blazing Arrows” (MCA/Universal) * 2002 Ben Harper/Blackalicious “Blazing Arrows” (MCA/Universal) * 2004 Jose Montoya/Casindio Locura Cura (Royal Chicano Air Force) * 2005 Faith Evans “ The First Lady” (Capitol)
Theatrical * 1995 Uncle Bend’s: An American Negro Narrative, Sacramento Theatre Company (actor, performer) * 1999 “Live from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys” by Mark Stein, Sacramento River Stage. (Composer, performer) * 2009 Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience
Film/TV It's Going Down for Universal Motion Picture release Brown Sugar Beautiful Dream for UPN Television Show Girlfriends
Teaching Sacramento Waldorf High School Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Comm. Artist in residence Thomas Jefferson Elementary The Housecats and Take 5 youth jazz ensembles Edward Kimble Elemtarry School Skip's Music Stairway to Stardom Guitar Workshop (Sacramento Ca) Pacific Housing Music Works
Awards * Platinum Record for Faith Evans” The First Lady” as songwriter and producer * “Sammie” awards (Sacramento News and Review Award) for groups Papa’s Culture, Original Heads, Dutch Falconi Orchestra, Daisy Spot, the Housekats,Critical Achievement and Best Bassist. * Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys (winner of Best Ensemble, L.A. Weekly Award, and Best Ensemble, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). * Rolling Stone Magazine Best New Faces 1993
Awards:2010 Sammie award for outstanding Jazz musician
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Musicians are needed for a new all-age Jazz orchestra, the "Brickhouse Orchestra". Classes supporting the orchestra include reading, improvising, and Jazz/Blues Harmony. The music will consist mostly of dance material from the 20's through the 60's. The "Brickhouse Orchestra" will be under the direction of Harley White Jr, a Sacramento native who wears many musical hats. After a 4 year stint at Sacramento Waldorf School, he started an after-school Jazz program called " The Housecats" at the arts collective "Joe's Style Shop" . It was there that he garnered a "Sammie" award for "Critical Achievement". When the original "Housecats" members all left for college, Harley continued with teaching their parents! It is a family affair indeed. After a brief hiatus to pursue his own orchestral ambitions, Harley is now back, and taking students for the new "Brickhouse Orchestra". Classes will meet on Thursdays at 7pm starting 10/30/08. "The Brickhouse" is located at 2837 36th ave. (and Broadway), Sacramento CA. $20 per class. See you there! Contact: Joesstyleshop@aol.com or (916) 470- 3607
The Harlem Renaissance.