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Featured Smooth Jazz Artist Archives (2018)

Jan. 2018

Peter White — The Perennial English Giant of Smooth Jazz

One of the real pleasures about writing about musicians is that their back stories are always so interesting. Growing up in the UK through the seventies and eighties were amazing times, musically at any rate. The club scene was dominated by U.S. Black music (Brass Construction, Fatback Band, Kool and the Gang, etc.) and tucked in amongst those funk heavyweights were gems like “Westchester Lady” from Bob James, Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and other contemporary jazz tracks. Those crossover jazz funk floor fillers left a deep impression on me at the time and started my love of jazz. The club scene was where you had to go then to find that kind of music. Very different from today. It was out of that scene that many good British soul bands emerged (Hi-Tension, Light of the World, Incognito, and a crossover Latin soul funk band called Blue Rondo a la Turk). The guys from Blue Rondo were London club scene regulars, among them was a keyboard player named Danny White and a Polish singer named Basia. You are probably wondering: “What this trip down memory lane has to do with the artist of the month?” Well, all will become clear. Read full article