Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
White, Chris (Christopher Wesley)
White, Chris (Christopher Wesley), bass, educator; b. Harlem, NY, 6 July 1936. He grew up in Brooklyn. Attended P.S. 129 (Bedford-Stuyvesant) and Boy's High. Early influences were his mom (Gladys White) who was a piano teacher; Mrs Hern, a piano teacher; Mr. Weinstein, a high school music teacher; Rector Baily, a local musician and mentor; and Al Brown, a local band leader-entrepreneur. In 1956, he graduated from City College of New York. In 1968, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. In 1974, he got his Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts. In 1994, he did Post Graduate, Advanced Computer Study at Berklee College Of Music.
In Jan. 1963 he was with Dizzy Gillespie. In the 70s he was on recordings by Grandmaster Flash, one of the pioneers of rap. From 1973-1976 he was Director, Rutgers Institute Of Jazz Studies. In 1976 he was Co-Director, Jazz Lab, Bennington Summers Bennington College. From 1984-1986 he was Project Director, Alpines Project (Arts Literacy Project in Elementary Schools), a public school teacher training program held at Newark Community School Of The Arts.
From 1987-1991 he was Director, Professional Division Newark Community School Of The Arts, which provided established professionals with retraining in state of the arts technology, and professional level educational experiences for gifted and talented students.
He was also Director, Jazz Opportunities For Youth (Joy), at Montclair State University (Msu). He toured Eastern Europe with MSU Jumpin Jamming Jazz (included college students and 6 HS JOY students). Created Montclair HS Jazz Improv Workshop (1995) and Newark Jazz Festival Jazz Improv Workshop (1994). Special Improv Workshop for visiting Buena Vista, AZ HS Band at MSU (1993). He is currently a music professor at Bloomfield State College. He started at Montclair State in 1985. He started at Bloomfield in 1993. He is an Associate Professor of Music. He's coordinator of the Music Program and for the next 3 years he will be the chair of the Division of Creative Arts and Technology.
Since 1954, he's performed electric and acoustic bass with Amanda Ambrose, David Amram, Kenny Barron, Hubie Blake, C.B.A. Ensemble, Betty Carter, Cincinnati Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Cobham, The Copasetics, Chick Corea, Ted Curson, Kalaprusha Disda, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Yuanita Fleming, Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Henderson, Hanover Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Hill, Earl "Fatha" Hines, The Hoofers, Eddie Jefferson, Eddie Hendricks, Hubert Laws, The Main Ingredient, Carmen McRae, Lloyd McNeal, Wes Montgomery, James Moody, Danny Moore, New York Repertory Ensemble, Orchestra of the New World, Jimmy Owens Plus, Charlie Percip, Jimmy Ponder, Dewey Redman, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Buddy Rich, Sal Salvador, Nina Simone, Hazel Scott, Sonny Stitt, Billy Taylor, Cecil Taylor, Joe Thomas, Charles Tolliver, Sarah Vaughn and Teddy Wilson.
The Chris White Project (1993)
As arranger, copyist:
Stuff: More Stuff, Stuff It, Stuff It Live in New York (1977-1991); Loleatta Holloway: I'm In Love; Beverly Johnson: Don't Lose the Feeling (1978); Bruni Pagan: Just Bruni (1978); The Invisible Man's Band (1979); Michael Boothman: Caribbean Disco; David Ruffin: Who Am I; Jud Struk: Semi-Reformed Tequila Crazed Gypsy Looks Back
1993 JOY Participants with Chris White, 12 Title Demonstration Tape; 1981 Rhythm Arrangements and Realizations/Gene Pistilli, 8 Title Unreleased Album Master; 1980 Rhythm Arranger/Never Thought/Julie Budd, Unreleased single; 1980 Associate Producer, Arranger, Copyist, Contractor/Shaduby Music, Charlie Smalls and Company, 8 Title Unreleased Master; 1977- Present Secretary-Treasurer/ZANWHITE Music Corporation
Co-Producer/Arranger (Horns, Strings and Voices), Caribbean Expansions Phase II/ZANDA, Unreleased Album Master; 1977- Present President/Rhythm Associates Producer/Arranger (Horns, Stings and Voices), Amanda Ambrose, 3 Title Demonstration Tape; Lainie Cooke, 4 Title Demonstration Tape; Charmaine Yeates, 4 Title Demonstration Tape; Kenny Barron/Jimmy Owens, 2 Title Demonstration Tape; Tony Kessler, 8 Title Demonstration Tape; Lester Chambers, 8 Title Demonstration Tape; 1977-1991 Rhythm Arranger and Copyist/Goyen Productions Stuff, More Stuff, Faith, Hope and Charity, Unreleased Album Master; 1977-1979 Rhythm Arranger and Copyist/McCoy Kipps, Productions, Inc. (Van McCoy), Lincoln Clapp, Unreleased Master (4 Title)
Nina Simone And Dizzy Gillespie (1960-1970); Great Performers Series, Tribute to Dizzie Gillespie at Wolf Trap, 1989; Numerous programs throughout USA and Europe.
Live Performances, WBGO/PBS (1989); Jazz Survivors, WBGO/PBS (1991)
Impulse, Sweet Charity, Kuamena, Two Gentlemen of Verona, On the Lock In, Unfinished Women, Presenting All of David Langstron Smyrl or Is It?
Aggro Seizeman: Composed the original score for feature film (1975)
Jost, Jazzmusiker, 175-80.
1989-Present Editor, New Adventures In Harmony, Jazz theory, book in progress by Howard "Duke" Anderson.
1974-1978 Jazz Editor, Decapo Press, New York, New York, Reprinted more than 30 out of print jazz titles.
1973 Grove's Dictionary Of Music And Musicians, Contributor to the 6th Edition, (Edited by Stanley Sadie) Macmillan, London, England
1973 The Perspective In Music, Jazz Editor, Foundation for Research in the Afro-American Creative Arts, Inc., Poughkeepsie, New York Christopher W. White
1971 Jazz, Education And The Community; Studies In Jazz, Discography I, Institute Of Jazz Studies, Newark, New Jersey
1969-1974 Feet, New York, New York, Wrote series of articles on jazz.
Check Yourself, American Music From Storyville To Woodstock, (Edited by Charles Nanry) Trans-Action Books, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1993-1994 Bloomfield College, Award Of Acknowledgment, Composed New School Song
1990, 1984, 1982 National Endowment For The Arts, Inter-Arts Program, Jazz Composition
1990 New Jersey State Council On The Arts, Fellowship, Jazz
1979 Consortium Of Jazz Organizations And Artists, Outstanding Musicianship Award
1976 Professor Of The Year, Rutger's Newark Jazz Society
1968 Record World, New Star Best Jazz Bassist (Winner)
1963 Playboy Reader's Poll, Best Jazz Bassist (4th Place)
1961-1964 Downbeat Reader's Poll, Best Bassist, (3rd And 4th Place)
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