Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Chip White Ensemble returns to Gillespie Auditorium, in NYC, next Tuesday

On Tuesday November 8, the Chip White Ensemble will be playing in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium at the New York City Baha'i Center, 53 East 11th Street (between University Place and Broadway). Sets are at 8 and 9:30 PM, and your can buy tickets at the door or reserve them by calling 212-222-5159.

Chip will be playing with Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Bruce Williams (reeds), Waldron Ricks (trumpet and flugelhorn), Cecilia Coleman (piano), and Tim Givens (bass). The ensemble will be playing original compositions from Chip's newest recording, "Personal Dedications & Percussive Tributes," as well as from earlier recordings, and standards.

As always, you can find out more about Chip's gigs, music, poetry, and recordings on, and you can purchase Chip's CDs at the gig or online from CDBaby at

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for advanced tickets or information.

The John Birks Gillespie Auditorium is located in the heart of Greenwich Village within the Baha'i Center:
53 E. 11th St. (Between B'way and University Place)
New York, NY 10003

Chip White was born on December 21, 1946 in New York City. He began studying percussion and music with his father at the age of nine, and studied theory and harmony with Vincent Corzine while in high school. Chip then continued his formal education at Ithaca College and later at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied with Alan Dawson, Charlie Marino, and Herb Pomeroy. He also studied privately with Freddie Buda of the Boston Symphony. Later, he studied orchestration and arranging with Frank Foster.

Since moving back to New York City in 1970, Chip has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists, including Carman McCrae, Jaki Byard, the Jazzmobile CETA Big Band, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Frank Vicari, John Faddis, Chet Baker, Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Claudio Roditi, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Tom Waits, Kim & Marion, Enrico Rava, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Don Braden, Walter Bishop Jr., Ronnie Matthews, Al Grey, Benny Powell, Teddy Edwards, Craig Handy, Klaus Ignatzek, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Irene Reid, and Savion Glover. In 1990, Chip co-wrote and produced the jazz musical "Manhattan Moments" with choreographer Kathy Sanson.

Chip recorded "Harlem Sunset," his first CD as a leader, with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Claudio Roditi, Steve Nelson, and Buster Williams. The recording features six of Chip's original compositions. Mr. White’s second CD, "Music and Lyrics," was released in September 2005. He wrote, arranged, and produced all the compositions on this CD. It features Gail Allen, Houston Person, Lafayette Harris, and George Kaye.

In the past several years, years, Mr. White has appeared on Houston Person’s albums "In a Sentimental Mood," "Social Call," and "To Etta With Love"; Etta Jones’ "Easy Living" and the Grammy-nominated "Etta Jones Sings Lady Day"; and Teddy Edwards’ "Ladies Man" and "Smooth Sailing," all on the High Note record label. His composition “Time Stood Still” is featured on Houston Person’s "All Soul."

Chip recently reinvigorated the Chip White Ensemble with gigs at Dizzy’s Coca Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sweet Rhythm, and the Lenox Lounge in New York City, Cecil’s in Orange, NJ, and the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium at the Bahá’í Center in New York City. Chip has also written a book of poems about jazz musicians entitled "I’m Just the Drummer in the Band."

In 2008, Chip released "Double Dedication," a two-disc set. Disc 1 includes his original compositions written for famous jazz masters such as Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Strayhorn – thirteen in all. The musicians are Steve Wilson, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Gail Allen, and Chip. On, the second, shorter disc, Chip reads poems from I’m Just the Drummer in the Band for each of the thirteen musicians, in the same order as the compositions on the first disc, with the music sequenced underneath. This unique and exciting recording was on the JazzWeek Jazz Album radio charts for six weeks, reaching number 27.

Chip's latest recording, "More Dedications," is Volume II of the project begun with Double Dedication. Released in May 2009, it features original compositions (Disc 1) and poems (Disc 2) for nine more jazz giants, including Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Tony Williams. The musicians are Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Washington, Duane Eubanks, Patience Higgins, and Chip White. More Dedications received four stars in Downbeat, and was on the JazzWeek Jazz Album radio charts for 11 weeks, and reached number 21.

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