About Dr. Christopher K White (BMI) - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, composer.
Born in Northern California, Christopher White grew up in small town America where he found musical success early, playing his first professional gig at age 10. An eclectic musician, he studied conducting, saxophone and composition while performing in the studios and club scenes of Los Angeles. His education and teaching career have led him across the country: California to Kansas, Baton Rouge to Boston, Montana to Maine, and finally to his home in Virginia. Along the way he has conducted and soloed with orchestras, bands and jazz ensembles from coast to coast. He has instructed every level of music from pre-school to doctoral students and performed with such diverse musicians as the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Ringling Brothers Circus, Whitney Houston, Ben E. King, Richie Cole as well as the Baton Rouge and Billings Symphonies and Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Popular as a clinician and dedicated to education, he continues to perform and compose extensively. He holds degrees from Kansas State University (Ph.D), University of Louisiana-Lafayette (MM) and California State University-Northridge. Dr. White is the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone at Radford University, Radford, Virginia. Christopher is a recording artist for the Artists Recording Collective (ARC) label.
A solid listen, full of vibrant style and innovative solos. This album stays mainly in the swing tradition, with cool rhythms working with flowing notation from the horn players. The arrangements are inventive, featuring playful melodies, with a small horn section generating a big band feel from a minimal number of instruments--reminiscent of compositions from the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis big band. Fast-paced tracks like Black Fly Affair showcase White's precision and dexterity on the saxophone, while smooth swing ballads like Snowy Nights display the emotion of his tone. This album is a complex portrait of a jazz artist who has found and developed his own unique musical personality, hitting that sweet spot between soul and mastery