Lenny White Masterclass
Lenny White is one of the founding fathers of Jazz-Rock-Fusion drums. Versatile musician, in addition to being a drum legend, he is also an author, excellent composer (he is finishing up composing an entire opera) and artistic producer.
Earns worldwide fame and success with a large audience thanks to Return to Forever, the historic band that sees him in the mid-70s with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola, but already a teenager, left-handed and self-taught drummer, he was hired by Jazz personalities who will mark his professional and artistic growth in a decisive way.
In 1967 Jackie McLean hires him as a young boy to play in his band and within a couple of years Lenny participates in the album that will mark an epochal turning point in jazz history "Bitches Brew" with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay" engraved. both in 1970.
His versatility leads him to play in countless situations and attracts the attention of many musicians around the world. In his long career he collaborates with Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Jaco Pastorius, Carlos Santana, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, the co-founder friends of RTF Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Al Di Meola , Buster Williams, LL cool J., Daddy Kane, just to name a few. Leader of several projects, he recorded countless records in his name.
Always looking for new stimuli and challenges in 1982 he is the creator of the straight-ahead Jazz album "Griffith Park" (with Korea, Clarke, Henderson, Hubbard) and creator of the project that consecrates Chaka Khan in Jazz and is worth the nomination at the Grammy "Echoes of an era".
Discoverer of talents he was the first to hire Marcus Miller for his record “Streamline” in 1978 and for the Jamaica Boys group. He discovers Rachelle Ferrel who will produce as Chaka Khan, Diane Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw. He composes soundtracks and works in productions of all kinds defining his genre as a blend of Jazz, Rock and Urban pop. With the beginning of the new millennium comes the success of the CBW tour (Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, and Lenny White), followed by the reunion of Return to Forever which in 2008 met with a worldwide success and immediately after restarting on tour with Korea and Clarke in the CCW World Tour Trio of 2009. In 2010 his 13th album “Anomaly” is released.
In 2010 he co-produced "The Stanley Clarke Band" and the live album "Forever" which documents the Korea-Clarke-White tour. In 2011 he starts again with "Return2Forever IV" on a world tour. Since 2012 he has been collaborating with Letizia Gambi, an Italian vocalist whom he discovered and of which he produced two albums, one of which has just been released. He has won 5 Grammy Awards.