Michael White, Drums
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Michael White is a drummer extraordinaire
whose multi-faceted resume as a touring and session player
has encompassed a versatile blend of Rock, Country, R&B
and Jazz for over fifteen years.
Michael, who is also a world class percussionist
versed in Reggae, Latin and Brazilian Jazz, grew up in
Chicago and began his career laying down grooves for some
of Chicago highest profile artists, among those being
The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and Jerry
Butler. Michael went on his first tour during this time
with Denise Williams and a tour with Lou Rawls and Curtis
Mayfield soon followed.
He ventured to Los Angeles in 1982, where
he put to test his credo that to be a working musician
you can't be one-dimensional. During a gig at a Chicago
club Phil Upchurch told Michael that if he came to LA,
he would offer him a regular Sunday gig at the Baked Potato,
which would offer the young musician maximum exposure
to the cities top musicians. He took the bait, and was
soon embarking on a whirlwind career, alternating studio,
movie scores and jingle dates with extensive touring with
the who's who of modern music.
The litany of Michael White's studio
and live association over the years is staggering in its
versatility and adaptability to all genres. Of his ability
to play in such diverse settings, Michael comments, 'It's
all music to me. As a drummer the main thing I think about
is the groove! Everything else is just icing on the cake.'