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Peter White

Smooth jazz guitarist Peter White's lyrical lines and musical inventiveness are a joy to listen to. The affable Englishman's charm and playfulness come through in his music, giving his style of smooth jazz a liveliness that others in the genre lack.

Born September 20, 1954, to an English father and a French mother in Luton, a town north of London, England, White and his family moved soon after his birth to nearby Letchworth. His brother Danny was born a few years later. As a child, White loved sports, hiking, and tree climbing, but music was most special to him. His father encouraged him to learn many musical instruments -- recorder, clarinet, cornet, trombone, violin, harmonica, piano -- but the one instrument his dad couldn't help him with was the guitar; White was on his own. He learned to play simple chords by experimenting and listening with one ear glued to the radio. Like a lot of musicians, White was heavily influenced by the Beatles and the guitar-driven sound of the beat groups of the '60s. Around age 12, White would go over to schoolmate David Visick's house and listen to his large record collection. His favorites were Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. He bought his very first LP from Visick, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In his early teens, he acquired his first electric guitar and amplifier, which survived just long enough to be burned in a fire. Forced to go acoustic, White developed a love of acoustic music. After leaving school at 18, White worked for a few months in a soup-canning factory before getting his first musical break, a summer engagement at a South of England holiday resort. When summer ended, he went back to Letchworth, having whet his appetite for more musical adventures. Traveling to London, the guitarist ended up joining a group that was managed by Miles Copeland (Sting, R.E.M., IRS Records). Copeland also managed Al Stewart, so when Stewart's backup band disbanded, White got an audition call to back Stewart on keyboards. Brushing up on his finger dexterity, White learned a few of Stewart's songs, and soon the 20-year-old musician was touring England and the U.S. In the summer of 1975, Stewart asked White to play keyboards and acoustic guitar on his Year of the Cat album (Arista, 1976). Their collaboration lasted almost 20 years, with White co-writing "Time Passages" (number seven pop, number one adult contemporary, fall 1978) and co-producing Famous Last Words (Mesa/Rhino, 1993).

Around 1979, White moved to Los Angeles, where Stewart had relocated, formed a band called Shot in the Dark with other musicians who had played with Stewart, and established a music publishing company called Lobster Music. Meanwhile his brother Danny formed the group Matt Bianco, which included a tantalizing singer named Basia Trzetrzelewska. Danny White and Basia left the group to launch the singer's solo career. Basia's 1987 Epic debut album, Time and Tide, went platinum, bolstered by the hit singles "New Day for You" and "Time and Tide." Her second LP, London Warsaw New York (Epic, 1990), mimicked the success of her debut. Danny asked Peter to tour with him and Basia in 1990, just as the guitarist released his first solo album, Reveillez-Vous (Chase). Made up mostly of unused songs that White had written for Al Stewart, the album became a DJ favorite at jazz and emerging smooth jazz radio stations. Epic exec Cliff Gorov was the man who first brought White's music to the attention of contemporary jazz radio. Former Al Stewart drummer Steve Chapman put down his sticks and became the guitarist's manager. After recording three albums for Sin-Drome, White signed with Columbia/Sony in 1995.

White can also be heard on the concert CD Basia on Broadway and on releases by Richard Elliot, Warren Hill, Craig Chaquico, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Kirk Whalum, and Everette Harp. White and the aforementioned musicians periodically do a concert tour, An Evening of Guitars, Saxes and More, with each artist showcasing their own music as well as collaborating with others on their songs. His solo work continued throughout the '90s with White releasing a slew of records: Caravan of Dreams (1996), Songs of the Season (1997), and Perfect Moment (1998). By Candlelight: Collection, Vol. 2 was issued two years later. In 2001 Glow came out, followed by Confidential in 2004. White then decided to revisit some of his favorite songs from the '60s, '70s, and '80s in his 2006 release Playin' Favourites. The low-key Good Day followed in 2009. In 2012, White delivered the studio album Here We Go, featuring guest appearances by such artists as David Sanborn, Andrew Neu, and Kirk Whalum. In 2014, White released his 14th studio album, the all-original Smile. ~ Ed Hogan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Smile

1. Smile

2. In Rainbows

3. Floating In Air

4. Head Over Heels

5. Coming Home

6. Nightfall

7. Hold Me Close

8. Beautiful Love

9. Don Quixote's Final Quest

10. Awakening (Jordan's Song)

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Track List: Here We Go

1. Night After Night

2. Time Never Sleeps

3. Here We Go

4. If Ever...

5. Our Dance

6. Desert Night

7. Joyride

8. Costa Rica

9. My Lucky Day

10. Requiem For A Princess

11. Reunion

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Track List: Good Day

1. Good Day

2. Always, Forever

3. Just Give Me A Chance

4. Love Will Find You

5. (Un)Forgiven

6. Temptation

7. Mission 2 Mars

8. Bright

9. Ramon's Revenge

10. Say Goodnight

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Track List: Playin' Favorites

1. What Does It Take To Win Your Love

2. The Look Of Love

3. Deja Vu

4. Mister Magic

5. Lovely Day

6. Crazy Love

7. Sunny

8. For The Love Of You

9. Hit The Road Jack

10. You Are Everything

11. One On One

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Track List: Confidential

1. Coast Road Drive

2. Talkin' Bout Love

3. How Does It Feel

4. She's In Love

5. Are You Mine

6. Lost Without Your Love

7. Confidential

8. Swept Away

9. Jump On it

10. Stormfront

11. Endless Journey

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Track List: Glow

1. Chasing The Dawn

2. Who's That Lady

3. Turn It Out

4. Bullseye

5. Just My Imagination

6. Bueno Funk

7. Glow

9. When I'm Alone

10. Life Story

11. Baby Steps

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Track List: Collection

1. Drive By Night

2. Promenade

3. The Closer I Get To You

4. Dreamwalk

5. The Storm

6. Never Gonna Give You Up

7. Excusez-Moi

8. In The Rain

9. Smooth Sailing

10. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

11. Peeto Bandito

12. Undercover

13. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?

14. Mr. Caribbean

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Showem how it's done my euro brother,your sound has some sway N groove niiice
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JUST GOOD JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL LISTENING MUSIC
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I LOVE THIS MUSIC
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This is so nice
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Nice Version of Mr.Magic
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Your music sends me to sleep at night
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Peter I am your very best fan and I go to your shows every time you come Sacramento
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I love my Pandora radio
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PANDORA IS VARIETY BE GOOD TO THEM THEY BE GOOD TO YOU.
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Love Peter White and this one is also beautiful
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Why am I just hearing Confidential from 2004? Wow. White is amazing. And now, "Smile"..... . a a a a a h h h h
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Nothing like pleasant smooth jazz like your type of gear. Any time d
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Just love Peter White!
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after long time I hear Peter White nice music
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Smooth Jazz! I can groove to it for sure
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Just getting to know this amazing musician...l o v e it!!
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I have seen him in concert several times, always a great show. You can tell that he loves performing live and isn't just there going through the motions to collect a paycheck.
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Peter has always been a great smooth jazz musician. Good music.
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ssofge
nice smoothbeat!! ! ! !
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and don't forget caravan of dreams
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Nice, smooth beat!!!!!
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He's my all time favorite! D. Austerberry
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Wowwwwww
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Very good indeed!!!
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Noting like smooth jazz during the Lunch Hour of the day
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My favorite jazzman
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Peter White is my favorite! DMA
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KEEP IT COMING, LOVE IT!
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when am I going to get my RDIO content and not what you think I want to hear at the moment?
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YOU ARE DOING A MAGNIFICENT JOB....sELIN A
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this music is my sanity
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Ur music is relaxing and love listening his music
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"I'm in love with Peter White's "Glow". It's another of many.
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This is what the younger generation needs to listen to
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Just love smooth music
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Love,love and enjoy, he is my kind of musician.
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Jazz is good
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Can't get over the "glow"; song. Man I love it.
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Love it when Promenade comes up on my USB in my car.
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This is the song that made me a Peter White fan
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Dreamwalk... . . .
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One of the best tunes of all times
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AHHH SOME!
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