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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. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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darnell_sr
All inclusive - spiritual smooth. Soothing etc,........ . . . . . . .
BUENO FUNK is smooth jazz but, it rocks !!! X
I am only 9 years old and I love Peter and his music.
Finally Met Peter White in 2012 at my Beloved West Chester University and literally could not let go of Him! ��
Love this man music
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.. .
I know,so soothing..ev e r y t h i n g he,s done is must buy..benn a long time fan'!
Peter got my attention on The Closer I Get To You! Great !!!! RQ/rlh
Peter's music is always good every song love it
entrpreneurq u e e n
Your music calms my spirit. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!❤️������� M a y God continue to bless you!! Much love my friend.
caretakerpro f
And did you know he used to be the bass player for Basia?
Great songs and playing Peter , Would
Love to work with you
Shawn Conley
www.redalert s t u d i o s . c o m
GREAT guitarist
What Does It Take To Win Your Love : I love this song.
So relaxing especially on a Sunday morning when I don't have to go to work
Peter White has his own sounds
janis1992
The very first time I saw Peter live, I stood up dancing the whole show. I have not sat dwn since. His music makes you want to groove with him & with all that talent he is the most humble man you could ever chat with.
Wonder how I missed this -- very smooth. Going to order a cd!
Sit back relax))
I just started listening to his music today, great stuff /smooth! RQ/rlh
One of the greatest acoustic guitarist of all time..... Thank you Mr. White!!!!!!
Very smooth!
Cold peace on the melody and smooth jazz tip keep it going bro
janis1992
Anything Peter touches is a hit with me.
Caravan of dreams is just awesome. By far my favorite.


U are a bad. boy
Great jam!!!!!
I loved the guitar solo on Al Stewart's "year if the cat" back in the 70's. When I found out it was PW I became an instant fan. My all time favorite.
Peter White has a sound no one can capture. Awesome.
Simply the best!
He is just so smooth. Love his style.
Love him and his style
I really like this remake, so smooth and mellow.
Such a beautiful guitarist!!! So romantic!!!! !
This is my favorite song by him
Saw Peter White and other smooth jazz artists in concert and it was one of the most enjoyable nights I've had. Great musicianship .
Makes me want to say uuhhh yeah, perfect music to make love.
He sure makes that guitar sing!!!! Love it!!!'
thomasagregg
Been listening to him for years...one of the best
vckat2299
Great mucisian, just love his music. Very talented
gardenofmone y
one of my favorites from this incredible musician. he makes such beautiful music.
bchristianso n 1
We went to Italy with koz and white , amazing trip, if they go again , don't miss it
Hi lock and load whenever u maybe!
Another fave........ b e a u t i f u l
davidgibbs60
One of the giants of. SJ
Got to be one of my favorites. He put the smooth in smooth jazz.
love, love, love the music & programming! ! !
Very relaxing and pleasant.
The Carlos Santana of jazz.
I agree w/ all of you
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