Lenny White

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Lenny White
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Return to Forever
By Lynn Goldsmith
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Lenny White
By Lynn Goldsmith
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Vertu gathers with label reps following the band's debut performance in Los Angeles, 1999 (from left in front: band members Karen Briggs, Richie Kotzen, Rachel Z and Lenny White; from left in rear: Mark Feldman, Stanley Clarke, Michael Kaplan)
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Lenny White
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Return to Forever
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Hiromi with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White
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Lenny White
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Lenny White, circa '70s
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Lenny White, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke
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Lenny White performing with Return to Forever IV
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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.

Check out his new release, Anomaly

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Articles on Lenny White

12/08/13    Before & After    By Willard Jenkins

Before & After with Lenny White

06/17/13    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lenny White Live
Lenny White

11/11/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Latin Grammys for D’Rivera, Corea/Clarke/White

10/07/11    Albums    By Philip Booth

The New Universe Music Festival 2010
Various Artists

09/16/11    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

RTF IV in Austin, Texas

08/08/11    Artist's Choice    By Lenny White

Artist's Choice: Lenny White on Miles Davis

06/06/11    Albums    By George Varga

Forever
Corea, Clarke & White

06/06/11    Albums    By George Varga

Forever
Corea, Clarke & White

05/16/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Return to Forever IV Announces 32-City Tour

10/20/10    Features    By Don Heckman

Lenny White: Jazz-Rocker

09/22/10    News    By Lee Mergner

John McLaughlin to Headline Jazz Festival in Raleigh

August/September 2009    Albums    By Hank Bordowitz

Jazz in the Garden
Stanley Clarke Trio

August/September 2009    Albums    By Hank Bordowitz

Jazz in the Garden
Stanley Clarke Trio

May 2009    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Returns
Return to Forever

04/01/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

03/20/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bassist Stanley Clarke Records First Acoustic Jazz Trio Album

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August 2008    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Return to Forever: Fusion Evolution

August 2008    Features    By Don Heckman

Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before

07/09/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Return to Forever at Montreal Jazz Festival

05/15/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Miles From India

05/27/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

John Abercrombie, Eddie Gomez, Don Byron and Lenny White at Birdland

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Lewis Porter

The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project

05/14/04    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

New Brew

10/26/02    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert

01/10/02    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

Buster Williams Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard

September 1999    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Vertu Reality: Stanley Clarke & Lenny White Reunite

May 1999    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

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April 1997    Currents    By Hilarie Grey

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Albums

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Edge

Hip Bop
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Renderers of the Spirit

Hip Bop

Electric

Chesky Records
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Returns

Eagle Records
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Jazz in the Garden

Heads Up
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Anomaly

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Forever

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