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Take Five With David White

By Published: December 10, 2010
Steve Reich
Steve Reich
Steve Reich
b.1936
composer/conductor
Ensemble, Music for 18 Musicians (Nonesuch );

Shirley Horn, Here's to Life (Verve);

Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (Motown).

How would you describe the state of jazz today? I hear a lot of people who have something to say with their music. I want to participate in that conversation. This is an exciting time to be a musician.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? I feel it's essential to embrace all of the diverse musical influences that are coming into the music today. The most interesting music comes from the interaction and melding of different musical traditions. As a music that embraces individuality, jazz is uniquely capable of absorbing diversity and using it to great effect. We need to encourage and celebrate this in our music.

What is in the near future? I'm working on producing a studio recording of my band, the David white Jazz Orchestra. We're going to record nine of my original compositions. The title of the album is Flashpoint. I chose that title because a flash point is the temperature at which something catches on fire. This recording is going to be the start of great things for us. The CD will be released on May 1, 2011.

Also, I'm forming my own independent record company, Mister Shepherd Records. We'll officially begin operations on May 1st to coincide with my album's release date. I'll be looking to sign like-minded artists to my label in the near future.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: A diplomat. I've always been interested in politics and world affairs. The idea of working to further the cause of peace appeals to me greatly.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of David White
David White
David White
b.1979
composer/conductor


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