Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
He also plays the accordion and the piano. He is known for his 20-year collaboration with Al Stewart. His brother, Danny White, was one of the original members who formed the UK-based band Matt Bianco.
After fifteen years as a backup musician and a session player, White launched his solo recording career with the 1990 release of Reveillez-Vous (French for “Wake up,” a title chosen by White in honor of his French mother). The album included several unused songs that White had written for Stewart, and it became a favorite among contemporary jazz radio stations.
He followed with three records on the Sindrome label – Excusez-Moi (1991), Promenade (1993) and Reflections (1994) – before signing with Columbia for the 1996 release of Caravan of Dreams. He maintained an ambitious release schedule through the ‘90s and beyond, but also found time to appear on recordings by many of his friends, including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and many others.
On the road, he has participated in numerous “Guitars and Saxes” tours with the aforementioned players, and has established an annual “Peter White Christmas Tour” – the latter enterprise fueled by the success of his two highly regarded holiday albums, Songs of the Season (1997) and A Peter White Christmas (2007).
Good Day, released in 2009 on Peak Records, a division of Concord Music Group, was White’s first collection of original songs in several years. “I just started going through my backlog of material – songs that I’d never finished, some going as far back as ten or fifteen years – and I discovered that I had a lot of gems that I really wanted to show to the world,” he says. “I wanted to record them in my own time and in my own way, without any outside influence or interference.”
White released Here We Go in 2012 on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The 11-song set, produced by White and DC (George Benson, Larry Carlton, Bob James, Patty Austin), featured several high-profile guest musicians, including saxophonists David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum, and pianist Philippe Saisse, and included a range of original material written in the recent and distant past. “I wanted variety,” says White. “I wanted songs that moved me, in the hopes that they’ll move the listener as well. I’m on a journey, and I want to bring with me anyone who’s willing to follow.”
Smile, released on October 7, 2014, is the final CD in White’s trilogy of albums consisting entirely of his own material. Co-produced with DC, the recording features ten tracks – some were written recently, some White wrote along the way with close friends and some were from the vault. Special guests include Mindi Abair (vocals), Rick Braun (horns), Euge Groove (soprano sax) and Philippe Saisse (keyboards, piano and orchestra programming). White’s daughter, Charlotte, plays violin on one song.
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As a Sydney and Melbourne-based Saxophonist, Gary Honor has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians and entertainers in both Australia and abroad. His talents on all saxophones, percussion, flute and wind-synth, have seen him share the stage with the likes of Icehouse, James Morrison, Israel Houghton, Guy Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Tim-o-matic, John Williamson and Patrizio Buanne. Internationally he has performed with such notable smooth-jazz stars – Chuck Loeb, Paul Brown, Brian Simpson, Darren Rahn, Jackiem Joyner, Peter White, Cindy Bradley and UK artist Oli Silk who also produced his first major label CD – ‘Heads and Tales’ featuring the US Top 30 radio single ‘Close To You’.
Currently he works with the Royal Australian Navy Band and also performs regularly as a soloist with DJs, soul band – Bump City, big bands and with his own smooth jazz/ fusion band. Most recently he just finished a national tour with 70s soul groups Hot Chocolate and The Real Thing. This year, whilst on a trip to the US, Gary was asked to perform as the opening act for the final night on the ‘The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2018’ performing alongside an all-star band featuring Boney James and Brian Culbertson.