Arthur White is a nationally renowned saxophonist, composer and educator. He assumed the role of assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies at Cal Poly in September 2019.
Prior to this appointment, White was the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri (MU) and Northeastern State University (NSU) in Oklahoma. While at MU he produced six critically acclaimed recordings by the MU concert jazz band. The MU jazz ensembles were selected to perform at an International Society for Music Education conference (2016), Jazz Education Network international conferences (2012 and 2014), International Society for Improvised Music conferences (2011 and 2012) and the Missouri Music Educators Association conference (2012). In 2015, White contributed an article as a research author for Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, Vol. 2, which was published by GIA Publications.
During his tenure at NSU, White produced five CDs with the NSU Jazz Ensemble. One was named as a Blue Chip Award winner by Jazz Education Journal, signifying the recording “Appointment In Milano” as one of the 10 best college jazz recordings in 2007. NSU named him as a Centurion: one of the 100 most influential people in the university’s history. He was also named the 2007 Oklahoma Jazz Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Alliance.
Ensembles under White’s direction have recorded with a veritable who’s who in modern jazz: Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Russell Malone, Henry Johnson, Scott Wendholt, Robin Eubanks, Mike Mainieri, Mike Metheny, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sean Jones and Jimmy Greene. White has also been fortunate to record CDs with legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, Chris Murrell (vocalist with Count Basie) and jazz legend Dewey Redman.
White is also in demand as an arranger. He has written music for jazz luminaries Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Carter, John Clayton, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Eric Person, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany, Henry Johnson, Dewey Redman, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, Kathy Kosins, Paul Hanson, Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Andy Narell, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, and Randy Brecker. UNC Jazz Press, Second Floor Music and ejazzlines.com publish White’s music.
He has been an invited performer at conferences for the North American Saxophone Alliance, International Society for Improvised Music, Oklahoma and Missouri Music Educators Association, and Jazz Education Network. He has performed with numerous nationally acclaimed jazz and pop artists. High school and college jazz ensembles throughout the country have performed his arrangements and original compositions. White is also active as a clinician with high school and college bands, and as an adjudicator at jazz festivals throughout the U.S.
Originally from Kansas, White earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Emporia State University, a Master of Music in jazz pedagogy from West Virginia University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an endorsing artist of Andreas Eastman Saxophones and Jody Jazz Mouthpieces. His debut album, “when you find it,” recorded with his band, MERGE, was released in fall 2019 on the Artists Recording Collective label.
He is grateful for his amazing family: his wife Megan, his son Sam and his dog Lily.