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“Light/Dark is a musical reflection of the conflict of the soul dealing with depression and anxiety. Even when we are mostly at peace, we often find ourselves struggling with that peace – are we truly deserving of it? Consequently, when we are at war with ourselves, we are searching for a peaceful solution. It is a constant battle: a search for light in the dark, and a fight to keep the dark at bay. Still, we search for the light, for optimism, for hope. A contemporary approach is called for when performing this piece. I am a mega-fan of the Yellowjackets, and hear their musical perspective in my head as a composer. Will Kennedy, Marcus Baylor, and Peter Erskine are all great drummer models.” – Dr. White states.
Recorded by KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows 2019 (ARC-2994). THIS DOWNLOAD PRODUCT INCLUDES THE PDF SCORE & PARTS AND FINALE MASTER FILE: Copyright Arthur White, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Made in the USA. Proceeds from this tax deductible gift of this sheet music benefits KC Area Youth Jazz.
Recorded by KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows 2019 (ARC-2994)
THIS DOWNLOAD PRODUCT INCLUDES THE PDF SCORE & PARTS AND FINALE MASTER FILE: Copyright Arthur White, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Made in the USA. Proceeds from the sale of this sheet music are divided equally between the composer and KC Area Youth Jazz.
TITLE: 2019 Fellows
CATALOG NUMBER: ARC-2994
RECORD LABEL: ARC
STUDIO: BRC Audio Productions
TRACKING ENGINEER: Will Crain
EDITING/MIXING/MASTERING ENGINEER: Bill Crain
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Dr. Arthur White, an ANDREAS EASTMAN and JODYJAZZ Saxophone Artist, is a nationally recognized composer, arranger, educator, and touring saxophonist. All About Jazz calls White’s ensembles “solidly impressive”, while referring to his “virile tenor solos”, “scorching alto broadsides”, and his ability to “vacate(s) the podium to fashion ‘splendid’ tenor solos…”. He leads MERGE, his original music jazz quintet, and is currently a full time member of Kansas City’s legendary Boulevard Big Band and Wichita’s TUMBAO. a Latin jazz/Salsa ensemble. His debut album, recorded with MERGE, will be released in the fall of 2018 on the Artists Recording Collective label.
Never one to shy away from new adventures, and with an undying passion for jazz education running through his veins, Dr. White is starting a new adventure in September 2019, when he officially becomes the director of jazz studies at California Polytechnic State University. He will direct Cal Poly’s two big bands and combos, in addition to teaching core jazz courses including improvisation, history, theory, arranging, and composition.
Prior to his Cal Poly appointment, Dr. White taught jazz studies for five years at Northeastern (OK) State University, and seven years as an associate professor/director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri. His ensembles were selected to perform for the 2016 conference for the International Society for Music Education, 2012 and 2014 international conferences for the Jazz Education Network, 2011 and 2012 conferences for the International Society for Improvised Music, and the 2012 Missouri Music Educators Association conference. Dr. White was named one of the original group of NSU Centurions, which signifies the 100 most influential persons in the university’s history. He also gained valuable experiences as the 2018-19 director of music as Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita, KS.
Ensembles under White’s direction have recorded with a veritable Who’s Who in modern jazz: Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Russell Malone, Henry Johnson, Scott Wendholt, Robin Eubanks, Mike Mainieri, Mike Metheny, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sean Jones, and Jimmy Greene. White has also been fortunate to record CDs with legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, Chris Murrell (vocalist with Count Basie), and jazz legend Dewey Redman. In all, White has produced 11 critically acclaimed albums for his university large ensembles.
White is also in demand as an arranger; he has written music for jazz luminaries Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Carter, John Clayton, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Eric Person, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany, Henry Johnson, Dewey Redman, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, Kathy Kosins, Paul Hanson, Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Andy Narell, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, and Randy Brecker. UNC Jazz Press, Second Floor Music, and ejazzlines.com publish Dr. White’s music.
Dr. White has been an invited performer at conferences for the North American Saxophone Alliance, International Society for Improvised Music, Oklahoma and Missouri Music Educators Association, and Jazz Education Network. Dr. White has performed with numerous nationally acclaimed jazz and pop artists. High school and college jazz ensembles throughout the country have performed his arrangements and original compositions. White is also active as a clinician with high school and college bands, and as an adjudicator at jazz festivals, throughout the United States.
A proud Kansas native, Dr. White received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Emporia (KS) State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from West Virginia University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He will reside in San Luis Obispo, CA with his beautiful family: wife Megan, son Sam, and dogs Lily and Oakley.