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Performing in double bill with Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls on Saturday October 15th at 8pm at LACC's Clausen Hall

Joshua White -piano & compositions | Dean Hulett - bass |  Jonathan Pinson - drums
Dwight Trible - vocal & spoken word | Ralph Moore - alto sax

Pianist Joshua White (born August 17, 1985) had parallel musical training in both classical and gospel music traditions before encountering the music most commonly referred to as "jazz". He began formal piano training at the age of seven and was subsequently immersed into the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and others. After competing in several classical piano music competitions and also becoming the organist/pianist at his local Church, Joshua (at the age of 18) chose to focus his musical studies on "jazz" and improvised music traditions, drawing inspiration from its many innovators. He dove into the music head first with the help of world-renowned musicians like composer Anthony Davis, saxophonist David Borgo, flutist Holly Hofmann and piano master Mike Wofford.

In 2011, White entered the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in Washington D.C., ultimately placing second out of 160 competitors from around the world. Herbie Hancock was one the judges. "Joshua has immense talent," Hancock told music critic George Varga of the San Diego Union Tribune. "I was impressed by his daring and courageous approach to improvisation on the cutting edge of innovation. For the last several years, White has been in demand as one of Southern California’s most creative and technically accomplished pianists.