Lenny White

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Lenny White
Lenny White.jpg
White at a performance at the El Mocambo Club, Toronto, Canada, 1977
Background information
Birth name Leonard White III
Born (1949-12-19) 19 December 1949 (age 64)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Jazz fusion, funk
Occupations Musician, bandleader
Instruments Drums
Years active 1969 - current
Labels Elektra
Associated acts Return to Forever, Azteca, Jamaica Boys
Website Lenny White.com
Notable instruments
LENNY WHITE, legendary Jazz drummer, has played with virtually everyone in the music business and has co-created some of the most influential music over the past 3 decades. Alternating between drummer and producer and always on the cutting edge of the music scene, he has been continually pushing the musical envelope. Lenny has collaborated with jazz music’s greatest artists including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Joe Henderson. But it was his drum playing on Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, a recording that changed the face of music for decades to come, that launched his career. This led to his participation with the world renown, Grammy Award winning fusion group Return To Forever, which included keyboard player Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, and guitar player Al Di Meola. Lenny is currently composing an Opera, which he views as a lifelong work.

Leonard White III, better known as Lenny White (born December 19, 1949) is an American jazz fusion drummer, born in New York City, best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea's Return to Forever.[1] A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, White has been described as "one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion".[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 1975: Venusian Summer (Nemperor)
  • 1977: Big City (Nemperor)
  • 1978: The Adventures of Astral Pirates (Elektra)
  • 1978: Streamline (Elektra)
  • 1979: Best of Friends (With the Twennynine) (Elektra)
  • 1980: Twennynine (With Lenny White) (Elektra)
  • 1981: Just Like Dreamin' (With the Twennynine) (Elektra)
  • 1983: Attitude (Wounded Bird)
  • 1983: In Clinic (DCI)
  • 1995: Present Tense (Hip Bop/Koch)
  • 1996: Renderers of Spirit (Hip Bop Essence)
  • 1999: Edge (Hip Bop Essence)
  • 2002: Collection (Hip Bop)
  • 2004: Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire (Trauma)
  • 2010: Anomaly (Abstract Logix)

As sideman[edit]

With Freddie Hubbard

With Miles Davis

With Azteca

  • 1972: Azteca (Columbia)
  • 1973: Pyramid Of The Moon (Columbia)
  • 2008: From The Ruins (Inakustic Gmbh)

With Return to Forever

With Jaco Pastorius

With Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke

  • 1982: Echoes of an Era (Elektra)
  • 1982: Echoes of an Era 2 - The Concert (Elektra)

With Marcus Miller, Michel Petrucciani, Bireli Lagrene & Kenny Garrett

  • 1994: "Dreyfus Night in Paris" (Dreyfus Jazz) [not released until 2003]

With Urbanator

With Stanley Clarke, Karen Briggs, Rachel Z & Richie Kotzen

  • 1999: Vertú (Sony)

With Larry Coryell & Victor Bailey

  • 2005: Electric
  • 2006: Traffic

With Woody Shaw

With others


  1. ^ "Lenny White". Biography of White. All About Jazz. 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Yorio, Kara. "Teaneck's Lenny White to play four nights at Jazz Standard", The Record (Bergen County), December 19, 2013. Accessed December 19, 2013. "White, a two-time Grammy winner, is one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion. His first recording gig was with Miles Davis on the groundbreaking "Bitches Brew" album that was released in 1970."

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