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WHITE, Andrew

(b Andrew Nathaniel White III, 6 Sep. '42, Washington DC) Alto and tenor saxes, oboe, English horn, electric bass; composer, lecturer, self-publisher. Much formal study followed by scholarly work incl. transcription of over 550 John Coltrane solos for publication. Played double reed instruments with American Ballet Theatre Orchestra of New York; played with Kenny Clarke (in Paris), Stanley Turrentine, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner (Asante '70 on Blue Note); he played English horn on Weather Report's I Sing The Body Electric and was the bass player on Sweetnighter brought in to make them funky, writing '125th Street Congress' (that's when they broke into the Top 100 albums in Billboard). Also recorded with Elvin Jones (Soul Trane '80 on Denon), Julius Hemphill (Five Chord Stud '93 on Black Saint), others. More than 40 LPs on his Andrew's Music label incl. six- and nine- disc sets; wind quintet, concerto for 16 instruments etc listed in Schwann's classical section. Two vols of Live In New York said to be the only recordings made during the 'loft war' of mid-'77, at the Ladies' Fort Jazz Loft, with Donald Waters, piano; Steve Novosel, bass; Bernard Sweetney, drums. His work has been commissioned by the New York Jazz Repertory Orchstra; his Coltrane Concerto was premiŠred at the Brooklyn Academy of Music '90; he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts '93 to help with more transcriptions, and toured seven cities in France '94. In May '97 Seventh Day Adventists in Washington rented him a hall for a performance of a concerto for alto sax and symphony orchestra, then made headlines by locking the hall an hour before the concert. His 2,000 publications, arrangements, LPs, sample cassettes etc can be obtained from Andrew's Music, 4830 South Dakota Avenue N.E., Washington DC 20017.