Lenny White

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Lenny White
Lenny White & Stanley Clarke.jpg
White and Stanley Clarke, 1976
Background information
Birth nameLeonard White III
Born (1949-12-19) December 19, 1949 (age 69)
New York City, U.S.
GenresJazz fusion, funk
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader
Years active1968–present
LabelsNemperor, Elektra, Wounded Bird
Associated actsReturn to Forever, Azteca, Jamaica Boys

Leonard White III (born December 19, 1949) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning[1] American jazz fusion drummer, born in New York City, best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea's Return to Forever. A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, White has been described as "one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion".[2][3][4]


Lenny White with Buster Williams at Oslo Jazzfestival 2016

Credits partially adapted from AllMusic and Discogs.[5][6]

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 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: The Love Has Never Gone: Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire (Trauma)
  • 2008: Hancock Island (Chesky)
  • 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 Gato Barbieri

With Ron Carter

With Cyrus Chestnut

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 Buster Williams

With others


  1. ^ "Lenny White on Grammy.com".
  2. ^ "All About Jazz: Lenny White biography". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Scott Yanow. "Allmusic: Lenny White biography". Allmusic.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Kara Yorio (December 19, 2013). "Teaneck's Lenny White to play four nights at Jazz Standard". The Record. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 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.
  5. ^ "Allmusic: Lenny White – discography". Allmusic.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Discogs: Lenny White III – discography". Discogs.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.

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