Jason White operates at the forefront of music-making and teaching in Waterloo Region. A co-founder of the acclaimed Jazz Room music venue, a resident pianist with the K-W Symphony, and a frequent collaborator with dancers, visual artists, architects, actors, and playwrights, his various performance projects have been seen in many venues running from jazz clubs and art galleries to 2,000-seat concert halls and back yards. He has premiered more than 30 new works and will perform 10 new piano commissions in 2016, by composers from Canada, Germany, the United States, and Australia. He is a frequent performer with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra.
His integration of brain science, experiential learning, and drawing out a student’s intuitive skills has put Jason in high demand as an educator. He tours Canada to adjudicate competitions, runs workshops at universities, creates youth jazz ensemble programs for Summer festivals, and is a Registered Music Teacher through ORMTA. He has worked with many international artists and young students as a coach and music director in contemporary opera and musical theatre.
Jason is an examiner with Conservatory Canada, and holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he graduated with highest honours.
From Pitchfork on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”…..And then there was the soundtrack, composed by jazz piano impresario Vince Guaraldi along with Fred Marshall on double bass and the great Jerry Granelli on drums. “We did the music in a day and a half, two days,” Granelli tells me. “That’s just how you recorded records back then.” These days, it’s quite possibly the most ubiquitous and universally lauded holiday album out there, not to mention the gateway for generations of children who would go onto explore the bottomless chasm of the jazz idiom. Yet for the network suits expecting some Burl Ives-type maximalism, Guaraldi’s quaint score was deemed too weird and dark, even though the soundtrack—released on the Fantasy label right around the time the special aired on TV—received rave reviews by such legendary critics as Nat Hentoff, who in 2010 wrote a beautiful tribute to Guaraldi in JazzTimes.
Jason at St. Andrews….