Kenny White & Friends

STAGE DOOR KENNY WHITE1 SHOW

THURSDAY, 7:30PM

NOVEMBER 30

TICKETS: $20 / $29

To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more, call 508-997-5664 x123 or email dlegge@zeiterion.org.

This event has an overall 9 ticket limit. Customers exceeding the ticket limit may have their orders canceled.

This performance is not eligible for discounts.

KENNY WHITE & FRIENDS

Hailed for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, Kenny White is a talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has worked with stars like Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, and David Crosby who says, “Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.” Kenny is performing with an all-star line-up: Duke Levine, Marty Ballou and Angela Reed.

“…especially about the band’s pianist, Kenny White, who unleashed a couple of solos that were about as enlivening as anything heard on the pop front this year.”
- The New York Times

SHOW PROGRAM

Astonished audiences often ask Kenny White after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?” In fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades. Long List of Priors, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter.

As on his past recordings, Kenny’s work in the studio enabled him to assemble a who’s who of musicians and guest artists, including David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape-shifting Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live) on drums, and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass. Add the horns, strings, and other surprising arrangements, and Long List of Priors is a refreshingly original and multi-layered singer-songwriter recording.

Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Kenny began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary “Living in the USA” tour. He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercial work enabled Kenny to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Ms. Ronstadt, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville.

After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, Kenny chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited Kenny to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album Uninvited Guest. Both the album and Kenny’s skill on piano and guitar, coupled with his warm and charming on-stage personality, were met with critical acclaim. An early copy of his follow-up record, Symphony in 16 Bars, landed in the hands of Judy Collins, who then signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing the CD in 2005. She often invited Kenny to open her concerts, and the standing ovations he received encouraged Kenny to follow up with the EP Never Like This. His subsequent recording, Comfort in the Static, was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists.

Kenny’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band, including Fool’s Parade, Sleepless, which was named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle, Neko Case, and to record a track side by side with Keith Richards.

Tonight Kenny performs with Duke Levine, Marty Ballou and Angela Reed.

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