Dan White, now based in New York City, is an artist whose music has two distinct, yet interwoven concepts: This logic is clearly displayed in Between The Lines (August 2011). White has a deep respect for acoustic jazz, but he is also is driven to explore uncharted territory: Playing music that cannot be defined or pigeonholed. Both sides of his music create a synergy effect: the tradition of America’s classical music helps build the foundation from which he explores and experiments, while the experimentation gives way to more individuality.
Music has played a large part in Dan’s life since he was young. The saxophonist comes from a musical family: his grandfather a jazz bassist and music teacher, his uncle a music teacher, and four of his cousins are currently studying music. He grew up just north of Buffalo, New York, where he started playing piano at age eight, and saxophone at age nine. A few years later he got his first real taste of improvisation and composition. After hearing Joshua Redman in concert with his father, White was instantly hooked on the link between composition and improvisation. White states:
“My music is an extension of my personality. I am influenced by many, and my goal is to merge these influences into refreshing and creative music that acknowledges the tradition that came before and progresses the art form.”