Chris White (saxophonist)

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Chris White
Chris White performing with The Straits at Guilfest 2012
Background information
Born (1955-07-13) 13 July 1955 (age 64)
Bristol, England
GenresRock, celtic rock, country, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsSaxophone, Flute & Tambourine
LabelsVertigo, Mercury
Associated actsMark Knopfler, Dire Straits, The Notting Hillbillies, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh, Mick Jagger

Chris White (born 13 July 1955 in Bristol) is an English jazz/rock saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits[1] from 1985–1995, and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger.


White took up the saxophone at the age of 13, whilst a pupil at Lawrence Weston Secondary School. He started gigging a couple of years later, and was soon playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and touring with other musicians (such as France Gall). He joined Dire Straits in 1985 for their two final world tours, and played at both the Live Aid concert and Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Concert in 1988. In 2002 he joined the band again together with Mark Knopfler, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley and Danny Cummings in the four small reunion gigs in London and Beaulieu Abbey.

In May 1990 he joined The Notting Hillbillies and one year later, released his first and only solo album, Shadowdance. A motorcycle accident in 1993 prevented him from touring with Pink Floyd.

In 2007 White played with Tom Jones and Bryan Ferry at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium.

He was part of The Straits, a former cover band & tribute band where "former members of Dire Straits perform the band's greatest hits", its members being Alan Clark, Chris White, Terence Reis, Steve Ferrone, Mickey Feat, Adam Philips and Jamie Squire. The Dire Straits Legacy also plans on eventually releasing original material. He along with the other members of "The Dire Straits Experience"[2] are also visiting India for performing at a charity event in Gurgaon and Bangalore, India in March 2017.[3]



  1. ^ Bishop, Pete (7 August 1985). "Dire Straits merely magnificent". Pittsburgh Press. p. D7. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ The Dire Straits Experience
  3. ^ Play for a Cause-100Pipers in association with Songdew

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