Jerry White's Select Songs
Jerry White was born in Neptune, N.J. August 15, 1935 and died in Washington D.C. February 6, 1971. He was a popular self-taught Ragtime Stride piano player in Washington, entertaining patrons with their favorite sing-along music and with his 'blazing piano solos.' On occasions, he performed while wearing gloves, at times blindfolded, and regularly made a feature of playing presto arrangements with the keyboard covered with a red-checked tablecloth. His unbelievable keyboard dexterity and rhythmic style kept Jerry White employed at Bassin's L'Escapade Room, Pennsylvania Ave. And 14th St.for twelve years. He recorded two albums, Honky Tonkin' (1959) and White Lightning (1964) for Monument Records, Nashville, Tenn. A third album of twelve solos, Downtown With Jerry White was recorded in 1969. Jerry White's Select Songs CD makes available 15 songs from his three recorded albums. His sustained tickling of keys, creative left and right hands rhythmic syncopations, and blazing Stride improvisations provide for an exceptional listening experience of brilliant Piano Jazz.