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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, Rovi
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balston681
I your every song the best
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Love lay back in my sport car and cruise down the Hi way looking at the ocean view
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Just fabulous. Soothing to the mind, body and soul.
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This is kool- top and bottom.
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I want leave this world ...go somewhere relaxed and inspiring
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Inspiring
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jughead647
YES INDEED! WAYNES WORLD, LET THERE BE MUSIC!!
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One of my TOP FAVORITES! Just saw him in Tucson for NYE! Fabulous!
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Peter White! Love him! Real smooth jazz!
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What can I say? Magnificent! !
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Alfoti1940

A true master of the acoustic guitar!!
Never will tire of listening to you Peter!!!
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marmergillan o
Woooooooo!!
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1st saw PW @ Maui Jazz Festival '96, just saw him in Seattle @ D Jazz Alley. Great then even better now.
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denisecollie r 0 9
thumbs up
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Nice
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Tip:typo!
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Peter White can play n that top of the iceberg he fantastic sounds gooood!!!
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Peter White all night souls in flight.
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I'm willing to walk the extra mile sweet to the mind. J.C.
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good artist liking it.
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cemediablitz 2 0 0 5
Love Norman Brown!!!!
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Still love it for life
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Saw Peter twice in Hawaii hosted by Michael Paulo. Outstanding Performance!
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Great!!!!
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The Isleys had the hit on the R&B side, Peter had s smooth jazz smash, with a little help from his friend, Kirk, an outstanding hit, it was on the air 24/7, loved it then, as well as now,
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My favorite guitarist, Mr. Peter White. His music is soft and romantic.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You
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nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
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This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
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This is so scary because it actually works
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Peter White, the consummate artist!
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Can listen to PeterWhite
all dayI own several CD's, great vibes!


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Got it going on
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smoothness
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jazzkaw
Peter White is my ALL TIME FAVORITE GUITARIST!!! ! Love this guy!!!!
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Oops I mean peter
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I never thought a remake of Jr Walker's. Famed song would ever show justice but Paul gave it some unique flare
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Smooth and mellow.
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So nice, calms your day!
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The man can play.Best way to start the day
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I would be so excited to hear Peter White in concert- I'm certain his shows are ear-stoppers ! !
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Had to catch him when he was at Yoshi's about a month ago....coooo o o o l n e s s itself!!! What a treat! A real uplift to the soul!
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Ease me right into my day!
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This is the kind of smooth G-Man likes... right up my alley. Keep this coming and I'll keep listening and smiling. Uhhhh huuuuh. Lovely! :-)
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Never disappointed with his music.
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rhall008
Saw Peter several times always a good show ,
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darnell_sr
All inclusive - spiritual smooth. Soothing etc,........ . . . . . . .
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BUENO FUNK is smooth jazz but, it rocks !!! X
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I am only 9 years old and I love Peter and his music.
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Finally Met Peter White in 2012 at my Beloved West Chester University and literally could not let go of Him! ��
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Love this man music
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rmitchell330 9
I miss seeing him in SoCal. Fashion island in Newport Beach gave free jazz concerts and Peter was one of the artists. He sounds even better in person. Phenomenal.. .
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