Lenny White

Lenny White

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New York, New York, U.S. Birthplace

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Lenny White is a Grammy Award winning drummer and one of the founders of the jazz-rock movement. White began his career in New York playing with Jackie McClean recorded "Bitches Brew"with Miles Davis just a year later in 1969. He went on to play with top jazz artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Stan Getz. In 1972 White joined Chick Corea's jazz-rock group Return to Forever. He spent three years with RTF and after the group broke up, White released several jazz fusion albums as leader and played with various jazz, soul and R&B groups. White currently teaches at NYU Steinhardt and is also a composer in residence at the university.


Lenny White is left-handed but plays on a right-handed drum kit. Lenny White produced Chaka Khan's 1982 album "Echoes of an Era." Lenny White, along with Marcus Miller, scored the music for the 1990 comedy "Houseparty."

Early Life

Lenny White was born in 1949 and grew up in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Growing up he was inspired by musicians including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. Largely self-taught, White played the trumpet as a child but started playing the drums around age 14. Just 5 years later he was playing with Miles Davis.