Michael White, the pioneering jazz violinist, recently made his transition from the physical world. His soundscapes were lush, challenging, deeply personal and always heartfelt. He was a true artistic giant, full of humility, and driven by the history and possibilities of jazz. His music combined deep spirituality, avant-garde experimentation, and a love of music from around the globe into something truly unique.
Although he played with many luminaries such as Sun Ra, John Coltrane, and Pharaoh Sanders, it was his own albums that showcased his vision of jazz as something more than entertainment, but as a form of prayer, attunement, and inner transformation, beginning with 1971’s “Spirit Dance”, all the way to “Voices” from 2006. His work chronicles that artistic, personal, and spiritual journey and because of that, it is timeless and just as relevant today as it ever was. His music is healing, inspiring and uplifting. Michael's music has been transforming lives, across generations and around the world, who are touched by it’s divinity, and LOVE.
Michael, along with his wife and music partner, Leisei Chen, were devoted to their artistic and musical endeavors, in order to serve the public for the last 14 years, despite Michael's severe COPD/Emphysema. Throughout his extensive time of declining health, his wife cared for him, tirelessly. Since all funds from his social security and VA pension ended on January 1, 2017, she is now in need of funds to help pay for the memorial services of her beloved husband, to assist with expenses from that time, and re-establish herself to sustain her life as an artist and healer during this time of grief. The outpouring of love from family, friends, and fans has meant so much to her during this time. We ask that you continue to support her in whatever way you are able. It is greatly appreciated.