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) December 19, 1949 (age 66)
New York City, United States
Genres Jazz fusion, funk
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader
Instruments Drums
Years active 1969 – current
Labels Elektra
Associated acts Return to Forever, Azteca, Jamaica Boys
Website Lenny White.com

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 Azteca

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

With Stanley Clarke

With Al Di Meola:

With Return to Forever

With Larry Coryell & Victor Bailey

  • 2005: Electric
  • 2006: Traffic

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 others


  1. ^ "Lenny White". Biography of White. All About Jazz. 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Yorio, Kara. "Teaneck's Lenny White to play four nights at Jazz Standard", The Record, 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."
  3. ^ "Explorations in Space and Time (Binaural) | HDtracks - The World's Greatest-Sounding Music Downloads". HDtracks. 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 

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