Drummer/pianist Andre White has performed with many Canadian and American musicians including Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dave Liebman, Don Thompson, Steve Grossman, Sonny Greenwich, Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne, Junior Cook, Bob Berg, Rob McConnell, Gary Bartz, Craig Handy, Ben Monder and Kevin Dean.
In addition, Andre works as a free-lance recording engineer and producer. Since 1990, Andre has been involved in the production and recording of over sixty independent jazz releases, including recordings by Remi Bolduc, Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Dean, Geoff Lapp, and Jean Beaudet.
|Andrré and Barry Elmes
Andre recently released his debut CD as a drummer and composer, Signal, on the Cornerstone Label. It was cited as "Jazz CD of the Year," in 2001 by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.
As a pianist, Andre has recently released Influence, a co-operative project with Joe Sullivan and Janis Steprans featuring their original compositions. Andre's trio and quartet CD with special guest Kevin Dean is slated for future release as well.
Andre has lived in Montreal almost all of his life. Exposed to music throughout his childhood, he completed his formal music studies at Vanier College, as well as earning a B.A. in English Literature from Concordia University and a M. Mus. in Sound Recording from McGill University. Montreal continues to be his homebase, although he works frequently outside of the province of Quebec. He is presently employed full-time as an Associate Professor in Jazz Studies at McGill University, where he teaches Jazz History, Jazz Composition, and Jazz Improvisation, and has also served as Jazz Area Chair.