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David White - music director

David White

David White is a  jazz trombonist, composer & music director based in New York City. He is the music director of the David White Jazz Orchestra (DWJO) and the owner of Mister Shepherd Records. White’'s had the honor or performing with such notable musicians as Benny Golson, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Jim Pugh, James Weidman, Frank Lowe, Todd Coolman, Valery Ponomarev, Charli Persip, Delfeayo Marsalis, Vicki Yohe, Junior Mance, Rufus Reid, Doc Severinsen and Kenny Burrell.

White moved to the New York City area in 2003 and currently resides in Queens. He led his own quintet for seven years and has also played with Charli Persip’s big band and Valery Ponomarev’s big band. Since its inception in 2007, the David White Jazz Orchestra has performed at such New York venues as Symphony Space, Garage Restaurant and Café, Tea Lounge, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Saint Peter’s Church, Full Gospel Assembly, The Frick Collection and the American Museum of Natural History.

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Cherette White - soprano

Cherette White

Cherette M. White is a touring singer, recording artist and entrepreneur based in the NYC area. Her career started in Canada where she attended the University of Ottawa and enjoyed some years as a professional Opera singer and recitalist.

After returning to her native New York, she focused on teaching music while performing simultaneously.  In time, she formed a music service and consulting firm. Under this umbrella, she's partnered with several organizations/clients to facilitate project development in addition to workshops and clinics on a variety of topics relevant to musicians and performers.                   

Today,  Cherette actively sings and teaches Classical, Gospel, Jazz and Soul music. She is privileged to be in leadership as the Praise and Worship leader at Full Gospel Assembly of Queens in Richmond Hill NY. She tours actively as an independent artist and in ensemble with many talented and up and coming artists.  

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Live at Midday Jazz

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Andrew Gould - alto saxophone

Andrew Gould

Native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Andrew Gould has established himself as one of the most in demand players on the NYC music scene.

He has performed with James Moody, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Jon Faddis, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, David Weiss, Ray Vega, Chuchito Valdes, Ricky Rodriguez and many more. He was a 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition Semi Finalist and has recorded for MTV, Universal Records, Warner Bros Music, and Capitol Records for world famous artists including Fifth Harmony, Mac Miller and more. He has also performed live on the Today Show, ABC News, WBGO Radio, and at Winter Jazzfest, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival and the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Andrew’s new album, First Things First was released this year on Outside in Music.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint, The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Omar Daniels - alto saxophone

Omar Daniels

Omar Daniels saxophone.b. New York, NY. B.A., Harvard University; B.F.A, City College. Omar has been featured on WWFM, The Classical Network,his concert performance of his arrangements of Gershwin, recorded and broadcast, in full, across the country. Performances include: Musica Viva festival and club appearances in NYC and Boston. Served as director of the Jazz Ensemble, guest lecturer in jazz history, and saxophone instructor at The Lawrenceville School. Served as saxophone instructor at City College. Omar is actively composing new works for an upcoming CD.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint, The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Sam Taylor - tenor saxophone

Sam Taylor

Saxophonist Sam Taylor is an active member of the New York City jazz community, performing at numerous venues including The National Arts Club, Cornelia Street Café, Webster Hall, Fat Cat and many others. Taylor has premiered his compositions with famed trumpeter Jon Faddis, and was invited to play for saxophone legend James Moody's 80th birthday celebration. The young saxophonist was also featured at The Nigunim Music Festival of New Jewish Music, and toured Europe as a guest soloist with The Noord-Nederlands Conservatorium Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. In 2014, Taylor was awarded a grant from The Netherland America Foundation to lead his band on a tour of Holland.

Taylor's debut recording, My Future Just Passed, (released on Cellar Live, August 2015) was hailed by the Toronto Music Report as a "remarkable release", with All About Jazz describing Taylor's playing as "wise beyond his years". It features the masterful, Taro Okamoto on drums along with bassist Aidan O'Donnell.

Along The Way, ​Taylor's second album was released on Cellar Live November, 2017.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint, The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Sam Dillon - tenor saxophone

Sam Dillon

Sam Dillon is a saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and teacher based in New York.  In 2013 Sam was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.  As a semifinalist, Sam performed at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Jane Ira Bloom.  Most notably, Sam has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincolin Center, Symphony Space, Smoke Jazz Club, The Iridium, Yoshi's Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, The Zinc Bar, The Kitano Hotel, Cornelia Street Cafe and live on WBGO 88.3 FM.  In 2009 Sam received his Masters in Jazz Performance from SUNY Purchase College.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint, The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Tim Stocker - baritone saxophone

Tim Stocker

Tim Stocker has proved himself as a versatile and in demand Baritone Saxophonist during his almost 6 year tenure in NYC from 2010. He now lives in Singapore and has been welcomed into the local Jazz community as a performer, educator and event organiser.

Tim leads his own trio and quartet and composes original music for these groups. He has an upcoming  album as a leader currently in production.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: The Chase

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Jeff Newell - baritone saxophone

Jeff Newell

Born in 1955, in Kansas City, MO, Newell was raised in rural Nebraska and earned a B.A. in music conferred with distinction from the University of Nebraska and after a year of graduate school moved to Chicago in 1978 where he began performing in local jazz clubs and festivals. His professional experience began in earnest when he joined the Neoclassic Jazz Orchestra with which he toured Europe.

Jeff has played and/or recorded with such jazz notables as: Charles Earland, Houston Person, Kevin Mahogany, and Terrance Blanchard.  He leads his own group, the New Orleans style New-Trad Octet which recently released its first CD, Brownstone, on Blujazz records.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Live at Midday Jazz

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Volker Goetze - trumpet

Volker Goetze

Volker Goetze is an international touring performer, composer, filmmaker and media artist. He has performed and presented his work at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Paris Jazz Festival, WDR Cologne, Gasteig Munich, Jazz-A-Vienne, World Festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles), Caixa Forum Madrid and the Opera Festival in Munich. His work fuels cross-cultural dialogue, incorporates multiple disciplines and utilizes cutting edge technology. His compositions derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music. He has been investigating the oral culture and storytelling of West Africa and its influences on jazz and black culture in America. GRIOT, a feature documentary about the oral music tradition in West Africa, is Volker Goetze's debut as a film director and has since developed into a multimedia performance documentary. Mr. Goetze has held many master classes and was invited as a panelist by the Apollo Theater and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

His 2012 album, Sira, was released on Motema Records.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint

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Pablo Masis -trumpet

Pablo Masis

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Pablo spent his childhood years in northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation before moving to Billings, Montana.  After graduating from High School, he studied classical trumpet with Robert Levy and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University. After pursuing a year of Graduate study in classical trumpet under Dennis Najoom at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he moved to New Orleans, where he studied with Terence Blanchard, Clyde Kerr Jr. and Ed Petersen, and received a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. Additionally, he attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and also participated in the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009, led by jazz icon Dave Douglas.

He has appeared across the United States and Europe including New York, Seattle, Portland, Omaha, New Orleans, Washington DC, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Poland. He has also performed with acts such as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, and the Temptations.

His latest album as a leader, Rubicon, was released in 2014.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Alicia Rau - trumpet

Alicia Rau

The youngest of six girls in a musical family, this Iowa farmer’s daughter began playing music at an early age and by age 10, she latched onto the trumpet. She double majored in Music and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. While receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree, she spent a semester of field study in Senegal, West Africa. She studied ethnomusicology, learned African drumming and dance, and toured with local bands.

As a guest performer, Rau has toured West Africa, France, Canada, and the Dominican Republic with the Haitian Dance Troupe Choucoune, Zale Seck’s Mbalax Daagou, Groupe Ceddo, the Dominican Army Marine Band, and Batey Reggae Band. She can be seen in the recent Hollywood film My Sassy Girl, on the soundtrack of the film Betrayal with Gino Sitson, and in the upcoming film Dinner on the Riviera by T.D. White. Rau leads two of her own jazz projects, aRAUz and Sugah Rush.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint, The Chase and Live at Midday Jazz

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Michael Irwin - trumpet

Michael Irwin

Trumpeter and composer Michael Irwin grew up in New York City. Inspired by the sounds he heard throughout his youth, he studied Jazz at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase where he was the student of trumpet legend Jon Faddis.

Michael has contributed  to albums by The Chieftains, Vampire Weekend, Brazilian Girls, The Budos Band, and TV on the Radio. A presence on the vibrant New York Jazz and new music scene, he has played in ensembles led by Kenny Wollesen, Federico Ughi, Joel Forrester and others. He also leads the Highline Jazz Quartet, a group exploring the American songbook and jazz canon, as well as The Brooklyn Bears, a trio that plays original and improvised compositions.

Michael’s musical interests have led to fruitful collaborations and international tours with singer/songwriters such as Elvis Perkins and Jocie Adams, The Walkmen, The Low Anthem, and The Woes.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint

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Ryo Sasaki - trumpet

Ryo Sasaki

Born in 1976, Tokyo Japan. Ryo Sasaki started playing trumpet at the age of 15.

From 1996 to 1999 he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston MA and earned a college diploma as a performance major and studied privately with Darren Barrett, Tiger Okoshi and Charlie Lewis .

He has played and taught trumpet professionally in Tokyo, Japan since 2000.

The spring of 2006 he arrived in New York and has played many venues including The Blue Note, St Nick's pub, Minton's Playhouse and the Cotton club.

His latest album, Two For the Road, was released on Bluestet Records.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Live at Midday Jazz

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Melissa Gardiner - trombone

Melissa Gardiner

Jazz trombonist Melissa Gardiner has been described by Curtis Fuller as technically creative and emotionally powerful. Gardiner received her master’s degree in jazz performance at The Juilliard School where she studied with Steve Turre. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree at The University of Michigan where she studied with Dennis Wilson(jazz) and David Jackson(classical). Former teachers also include Bill Harris, Curtis Fuller and Wycliffe Gordon.
Throughout her career she has worked with several notable musicians including Aretha Franklin, The Tempatations, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Gerald Wilson, Patti Austin, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Vulfpeck.

As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her jazz organ trio, MG3, and the SAMMY Award winning New Orleans style brass band, Second Line Syracuse. She is a member of the CNY Jazz Orchestra and frequently joins other local and regional ensembles. Gardiner is active in theater as a pit orchestra musician and has also worked with Carnival Cruise Lines and the Disneyland All-American College Band.

Her debut album as a leader, Transitions, was released in 2011.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint

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Rick Parker - trombone

Rick Parker

Parker has resided in New York City since 2001 when he began studies for a masters in jazz performance and composition at NYU. He has worked with a large cross section of notable musicians and groups including Tim Berne, Mingus Big Band, Darcy James Argue Secret Society, Charli Persip, Frank Lacy, Super Hi-Fi, Tim Kuhl, Beninghove’s Hangmen, Cage the Elephant, hip hop legends the Wu Tang Clan and DMC and mexican pop stars Ximena Sariñana and Natalia LaFourcade. Since 2012 he has been a member of Ravish Momin’s Tarana, performing at festivals, universities and major concerts in USA, Mexico and Europe. Parker’s innovative use of electronics with the trombone have allowed him to cross through many musical genres and even garnered the attention of manufacturers Electroharmonix and Eventide with whom he has consulted on the development of new pedals and effects.

Parker has performed at major venues and festivals across Asia, Europe, North and South America including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Fest, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Parker was twice honored with an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award and frequently arranges music for rock/pop groups and jazz big band.

As a bandleader, Rick Parker’s music traverses multiple cultures and musical genres. His jazz quintet, The Rick Parker Collective, has released two albums on Fresh Sound New Talent and WJF records.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Flashpoint and The Chase

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Nick Finzer - trombone

Nick Finzer

Born into the musical world (Mom Sherry Finzer is an international flutist), Finzer developed a fascination for the music of Duke Ellington and found himself, in high school, performing at the annual Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was then that he decided to pursue a life in music himself. His budding talent was recognized by Wycliffe Gordon who began a life-long mentorship by writing four pieces for the young Finzer while he attended the Eastman School of Music. Nick went on to get his masters at Juilliard’s prestigious Jazz program where he was mentored by the trombone legend Steve Turre.

In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.

In January of 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader and composer with Exposition (Outside In Music). Two tracks appearing on the album garnered Finzer a pair of accolades: The prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award for young composers (2013 & 2015)

Finzer has performed at top Jazz clubs and concert halls with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Steve Turre.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Live at Midday Jazz

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James Hall - trombone

James Hall

James Hall is a trombonist and composer from Nebraska based in New York City. A versatile musician, his projects have spanned jazz, classical, latin, and popular music in the US and Europe.

As a composer and bandleader, James was named a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Competition, won three ASCAPlus Awards for composition, and was a featured performer/composer at the 2012 Chelsea Music Festival. As trombonist in Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, he has performed at B.B. Kings', S.O.B's, MassMOCA, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note Jazz Festival, and has appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine. He has appeared on several recordings with Postmodern Jukebox, with whom he has toured Europe and the US. James' trombone playing earned third place, runner-up, and honorable mention in the Antti Rissanen, J.J. Johnson, and Carl Fontana International Jazz Trombone Competitions, respectively.

James' first CD as a composer/bandleader was released in October 2013. Entitled Soon We Will Not Be Here by James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet, the body of work sets contemporary poems by NYC-based poets to 3rd-stream chamber music. His sophomore release, Lattice  is currently in post-production.

James holds degrees from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin and Aaron Copland School of Music in New York.

Recorded with the David White Jazz Orchestra on: Live at Midday Jazz

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