Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band play authentic New Orleans traditional jazz as well as any ensemble on the planet. Their combination of deep knowledge of the tradition, top-notch musicianship, spontaneity, contemporary relevance and passion makes for an exhilarating listening experience — whether live or recorded.
Witness Michael White's latest CD, "Adventures in New Orleans Jazz: Part 2" — which hit the jazz radio charts right out of the box this summer and eventually garnered airplay on over 100 stations. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...
Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:21 pm
One year ago, when I began graduate study in ethnomusicology at UCLA, I found myself undergoing what has become a familiar ritual. As I played my trombone in a near-empty classroom accompanied by a play-a-long recording, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth college big band audition. A professor — in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell — led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.