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Bassist and Educator Chris White Dies at 78

Played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, others

Bassist, producer, arranger and educator Chris White, whose recording and performance credits included work with as Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Nina Simone, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Teddy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Ramsey Lewis, James Moody, Quincy Jones, Carmen McRae, Billy Cobham and others, died Nov. 2. Details regarding the cause and place of death were unavailable.

Born Christopher Wesley White in Harlem on July 6, 1936, and raised in Brooklyn, White turned professional in his teens and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to earn a Masters of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts.

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