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Lenny White

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Gender Male
Age 72
Date of birth December 19,1949
Zodiac sign Sagittarius
Born New York City
New York
United States
Music groups Return to Forever
Fuse One
Jamaica Boys
GenresJazz Fusion
Job Musician
Movies/Shows House Party
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Azteca: La Piedra Del Sol
Chick Corea: A Very Special Concert
Live at the Village Vanguard: Vol. 1
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album
Listen artist www.youtube.com
Groups Return to Forever
Albums Forever
SongsSongsSweet DreamerBig City · 1977 Fancy DancerTwennynine with Lenny White · 1980 500 Miles HighLight as a Feather · 1973 View 25+ more
ListSweet DreamerBig City · 1977
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Lenny White Life story

Leonard "Lenny" White III is an American jazz fusion drummer who was a member of the band Return to Forever led by Chick Corea in the 1970s. White has been called "one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion".

Leonard "Lenny" White III (born December 19, 1949) is an American jazz fusion drummer who was a member of the band Return to Forever led by Chick Corea in the 1970s. White has been called "one of the founding fathers of jazz fusion". He has won three Grammy awards, two nominations and one Latin Grammy.

Early life and education

Born in Queens, New York City, White became interested in music at a young age. As a self taught drummer he started off his career playing with groups at the New York jazz scene. While he was living at home, his father would take him to gigs. Early on he played clubs in Queens New York such as the Aphrodisiac, Slugs, and The Gold Lounge. It was at The Gold Lounge where he had his first gig with saxophonist Jackie McLean. During the late 1960s he began performing with Mclean around Queens. Through this, White was recommended to play on Miles Davis' landmark 1969 LP Bitches Brew and feature on Freddie Hubbard's 1970 LP Red Clay. Within 1972 White joined the jazz group Return to Forever.


In 1975 White released his debut solo album entitled ‘’Venusian Summer,’’which featured guitarists Al DiMeola and fusion guitar pioneer, Larry Coryell. Big City was released in 1977. During 1978 he released his Space opera inspired The Adventures of Astral Pirates and his third solo album Streamline. He eventually formed the jazz/soul group Twennynine who went on to issue three studio albums, 1979's Best of Friends, Twennynine with Lenny White in 1980, and 1981's Just Like Dreamin'.White then made a guest appearance on Chick Corea's 1982 album Touchstone and produced Chaka Khan's 1982 LP Echoes of an Era. He later released his 1983 album Attitude and co-produced Pieces of a Dream's 1986 LP Joyride. White now teaches at NYU Steinhardt where he has an ensemble as well as a lecture class on Bitches Brew called “The Miles Davis Aesthetic.”

Personal life

White has been a longtime resident of Teaneck, New Jersey. He endorses Vic Firth drum sticks and only plays his own signature epoch cymbals sponsored by Istanbul Agop.

Awards and honors

Grammy Awards

White has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which he has won three. The Grammy Award is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.


As leader/co-leader

Venusian Summer (Nemperor, 1975)

Big City (Nemperor, 1977)

The Adventures of Astral Pirates (Elektra, 1978)

Streamline (Elektra, 1978)

Best of Friends (Elektra, 1979) - with Twennynine

Twennynine with Lenny White (Elektra, 1980)

Just Like Dreamin' (With the Twennynine) (Elektra, 1981) - with Twennynine

Attitude (Wounded Bird, 1983)

In Clinic (DCI, 1983)

Present Tense (Hip Bop, 1995)

Renderers of Spirit (Hip Bop Essence, 1996)

Edge (Hip Bop, 1998)

Collection (Hip Bop, 2002)

The Love Has Never Gone: Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire (Trauma, 2004)

Hancock Island (Chesky, 2008)

Anomaly (Abstract Logix, 2010)

Lenny White Live (BFM Jazz, 2013)

As Return to Forever

With Chick Corea, Bill Connors and Stanley Clarke

Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (Polydor, 1973)With Chick Corea, Al Di Meola and Stanley Clarke

Where Have I Known You Before (Polydor, 1974)

No Mystery (Polydor, 1975)

Romantic Warrior (Columbia, 1976)

Returns (Eagle, 2009)As Corea, Clarke & White

Forever (Concord, 2009)With Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Gambale

The Mothership Returns (Eagle, 2012)

As producer

Sylvia St. James – Magic (Elektra, 1981)

Chaka Khan – Echoes of an Era (Elektra, 1982)

Tina Harris – I must not be kinky (Shanachie, 1985)

Nicki Richards – Naked (To the World) (Elektra, 1991)

Letizia Gambi - Introducing Letizia Gambi (Jando Music / Via Veneto Jazz, 2012)

Letizia Gambi - Blue Monday (RP / IYOUWE, 2016)

As sideman

With Azteca

Azteca (Columbia, 1972)

Pyramid of the Moon (Columbia, 1973)

From The Ruins (Inakustic Gmbh, 2008)With Cyrus Chestnut

Natural Essence (HighNote, 2016)

There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote, 2017)With Stanley Clarke

Children of Forever (Polydor, 1973)

Journey to Love (Nemperor, 1975)With Al Di Meola:

Land of the Midnight Sun (Columbia, 1976)

Elegant Gypsy (Columbia, 1977)With Larry Coryell & Victor Bailey

Electric (Chesky, 2005)

Traffic (Chesky, 2006)With Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke

Echoes of an Era (Elektra, 1982)

Echoes of an Era 2 – The Concert (Elektra, 1982)With Marcus Miller and Michel Petrucciani

Dreyfus Night in Paris (Dreyfus Jazz, 2003) - also with Kenny Garrett, Biréli Lagrène. live. recorded in 1994.With Wallace Roney

Village (Warner Bros., 1997)

No Room for Argument (Stretch, 2000)

A Place in Time (HighNote, 2016)With Buster Williams

Houdini (Sirocco, 2001)

Griot Libertè (HighNote, 2004)

65 Roses (BluePort Jazz, 2008) – recorded in 2006With others

1969 – Andrew Hill: Passing Ships (Blue Note) [not released until 2003]

1970 – Joe Henderson: If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem (Milestone)

1970 – Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (CTI)

1970 – Woody Shaw: Blackstone Legacy (Contemporary)

1970 – Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (Columbia)

1971 – Gato Barbieri: Fenix (Flying Dutchman)

1971 – Curtis Fuller: Crankin' (Mainstream)

1972 - Buddy Terry: Pure Dynamite (Mainstream)

1972 - Santana: Caravanserai (Columbia)

1973 - Eddie Henderson: Realization (Capricorn)

1976 – Don Cherry: Hear & Now (Atlantic)

1976 – Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius (Epic/Legacy/Sony)

1977 - With Brian Auger's Oblivion Express: Happiness Heartaches (Warner Bros.)

1986 – Eliane Elias: Illusions (Denon)

1990 – The Manhattan Project (Blue Note)

1990 – Michel Petrucciani: Music (Blue Note)

1993 - Bobby Hutcherson: Acoustic Masters II (Atlantic)

1995 – Urbanator: Urbanator (Hip Bop)

1997 – The Geri Allen Trio & The Jazzpar 1996 Nonet: Some Aspects of Water (Storyville)

1998 – Geri Allen: The Gathering (Verve, 1998)

2001 – Ron Carter: Stardust (Somethin' Else)

1999 – Stanley Clarke, Karen Briggs, Rachel Z and Richie Kotzen: Vertú (Sony)

2008 – Marica Hiraga: Batucada: Jazz'n Bossa (B.J.L.)

2009 – The Stanley Clarke Trio: Jazz in the Garden (Heads Up)

2011 – Jamey Haddad, Lenny White, Mark Sherman: Explorations in Space and Time (Chesky)

2012 – Letizia Gambi: Introducing Letizia Gambi (Jando Music/Via Veneto Jazz)

2016 – Letizia Gambi - Blue Monday (RP / IYOUWE, 2016)

2016 – Chick Corea: The Musician (Stretch) – 3CD

2019 – Buster Williams and Geri Allen: Houdini

2020 – Geri Allen and Palle Danielsson: Some Aspect of Water

2021 – Kenny Garrett: Sounds From The Ancestors (Mack Avenue)


External links

Lenny White video interview at All About Jazz

Return to Forever: Twelve Historic Tracks at Jazz.com

Lenny White biography at MusicTaste

Lenny White at IMDb

Lenny White Photos

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