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Dr. Arthur White joins ARC

ARC is pleased to welcome Dr. Arthur White to our great roster of recording artists and producers!


Dr. Arthur White is the director of jazz studies and associate professor of music at the University of Missouri. Dr. White conducts the Concert Jazz Band, which has risen to national prominence since his arrival at MU in 2009. Additionally, he directs the Creative Improvisation Ensemble and oversees the combo program. Dr. White also teaches courses in improvisation, pedagogy, arranging, composition, and administers the Undergraduate Jazz Certificate and Minor, and the Master of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy.

White is the producer, chief arranger, director, and a saxophone soloist on each of the critically acclaimed recordings by the MU Concert Jazz Band. The sixth, Flying Colors (2016) feature two legends of modern jazz: Randy Brecker and Mike Mainieri. MU jazz ensembles under Dr. White’s direction have been selected to perform at the 2012 and 2014 international conferences for the Jazz Education Network, 2011 and 2012 conferences for the International Society for Improvised Music, and the 2012 Missouri Music Educators Association conference. White was selected as a 2011 Wakonse Teaching Fellow, and was nominated in 2014 for the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. White was selected as a research author for Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, Vol. 2, which was published by GIA Publications in December 2015.

Prior to his appointment at MU, Dr. White was the director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University (OK). During his tenure at NSU, Dr. White produced five critically acclaimed CDs with the NSU Jazz Ensemble; two of those recordings were named as Blue Chip Award winners by Jazz Education Journal, signifying the recordings as among the 10 best in college jazz recordings. NSU named Dr. White as a Centurion, signifying him as one of the 100 most influential people in the university’s history. He was also named the 2007 Oklahoma Jazz Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Alliance.

with Bobby Watson in the studio
with Bobby Watson in the studio

Ensembles under White’s direction have recorded with a veritable Who’s Who in modern jazz: Bobby Watson, Russell Malone, Henry Johnson, Scott Wendholt, Robin Eubanks, Mike Mainieri, Mike Metheny, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sean Jones, and Jimmy Greene. White has also been fortunate to record CDs with legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, Chris Murrell (vocalist with Count Basie), and jazz legend Dewey Redman. White is planning his debut as a solo artist and band leader in the spring of 2015, featuring members of Kansas City’s Mike Pagan Big Band and St. Louis’s Dave Dickey Big Band, two ensembles of which White is a full-time member.

White is also in demand as an arranger; he has written music for jazz luminaries James Carter, John Clayton, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Eric Person, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany, Henry Johnson, Dewey Redman, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, Kathy Kosins, Paul Hanson, Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Andy Narell, and Randy Brecker. Dr. White’s arrangements are published through Second Floor Music, and distributed through

Recently, Dr. White has been an invited performer at conferences for the North American Saxophone Alliance, International Society for Improvised Music, Oklahoma and Missouri Music Educators Association, and Jazz Education Network. He has performed with hundreds of nationally acclaimed jazz, pop, and country artists, and his arrangements and original compositions have been performed by high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the country. White is also active as a clinician with high school and college bands, and as an adjudicator at jazz festivals throughout the United States.

with Randy Brecker, trumpet, Paul Scea, flute, and Thomas taylor, drums, NSU Jazz Lab. Photo by Aaron Moore
with Randy Brecker, trumpet, Paul Scea, flute, and Thomas Taylor, drums, NSU Jazz Lab. Photo by Aaron Moore

Originally from Kansas, Dr. White received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Emporia State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from West Virginia University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His dissertation is an examination of the harmonic improvisation style of the great jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson. He is an EASTMAN saxophone artist, and the president-elect of the Missouri Association for Jazz Education.

Arthur lives in Columbia, Missouri with his beautiful wife, Megan, their amazing son, Sam, and their awesome dog, Lily.

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