Lenny White

Leonard White III is best known for playing in Chick Corea's Return to Forever and being one of the forerunners of jazz-rock/funk.

White was born in New York City. A self-taught, left- handed drummer on a right-handed kit, he began his career in local groups, and playing regularly with Jackie McLean in the late 1960s. In 1969, he first appeared on Miles Davis' historic recording on Bitches' Brew and later in 1970 he played with Freddie Hubbard on Red Clay before joining Corea's Return to Forever and Azteca in 1972. A year after, Azteca dissolved and he became dedicated to RTF. For five years, he recorded a number of albums with Return to Forever including the award winning “No Mystery” and “Romantic Warrior. When the group split up in 1977 White signed with the Nemperor label (via Atlantic) and recorded two albums as leader.

In 1978, he switched to Elektra for his album Best of Friends, before forming the group Twennynine in 1979, with Carlo Vaughn (vocals), Jocelyn Smith (vocals), Skip Anderson (keyboards), Barry Johnson (bass), and Eddy Martinez (guitar). He later became one of the Jamaica Boys, a group also including Marcus Miller (bass) and Dinky Bingham (vocals), and worked with all-star groups Echoes of an Era and Griffith Park.

White has played with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, and Stan Getz.

February 18, 2019

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September 20, 2018

Lenny White Podcast - He Hosts In-Depth Interviews With Ron Carter,...

July 02, 2018

New On Lenny White's Venture IYOUWE! Norbert And Karen Stachel &...

November 16, 2017

Legendary Drummer Lenny White Launches New Venture: IYOUWE

September 23, 2017

Keyboardist / Arranger / Composer Pete Levin Releases New CD:...

January 25, 2016

Letizia Gambi's "Blue Monday" - Produced By Lenny White

April 29, 2013

Lenny White Dips Into Archives for "Lenny White Live"

August 17, 2012

Lenny White Introduces Piano Prodigy Beka Gochiashvili

June 23, 2011

Something Else! Interview: Lenny White, of Return to Forever

June 09, 2011

Abstract Logix to release New Universe Music Festival double-CD...

October 01, 2010

Jump! Pete Levin's B-3 Organ Trio CD Feat. Lenny White and Dave Stryker

September 01, 2010

Lenny White: Live and New York Hot with the Anomaly Band at Catalina's

August 08, 2010

Drummer Lenny White Interviewed at AllAboutJazz.com...and More!

July 29, 2010

New Universe Music Fest: McLaughlin, Herring, Lenny White

June 25, 2010

Lenny White Tour with Jimmy Herring on Guitars

March 10, 2010

Return to Forever Drummer Lenny White to Release His First Solo Album...

December 10, 2009

Under Your Skin Interviews: Stanley Clarke and Lenny White

January 21, 2009

Lenny White Interview

August 07, 2008

Drummer Lenny White Interviewed at AAJ

June 23, 2008

Traps Magazine Sells out Lenny White; Issue 6 Feature on Return to...

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