Verdine White


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By Thomas Semioli

Shining star indeed! 

He anchors the ensemble named for the elements of our worldly existence. A showman, guru of the groove, Verdine White is a master of funk, soul, pop, rock, Gospel, rhythm & blues, and disco and permutations thereof.

Akin to Elvis, Miles, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Babs Streisand, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Prince, and Michael Jackson; Earth, Wind & Fire are among the rare artists who were not only the best of their generation, but also the most commercially successful. 

A bassist who has inspired generations of players, White cites his heroes as session ace and EWF horn player Louis Satterfield, Sir Paul, and James Jamerson. 

A student of Radi Velah of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on upright, and the aforementioned Satterfield on electric – Verdine is the consummate song -player. 

A producer and composer, in addition to his tenure in EWF, White guested on slabs by Ramsey Lewis, Eumir Deodato, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Denice Williams, Gene Harris, and Solange to cite a select few. 

White also created a foundation which bears his name to provide instruments and education to underserved
youth. 

Verdine was recognized by Bass Player magazine with a Lifetime Achievement Award and is listed among
the 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time. 

Dig KYBP Adjunct Professor Tony Senatore’s rendition of Verdine’s “Yearnin’ Learnin’ https://youtu.be/H1Yn8i-d1dY

Dig KYBP Adjunct Professor Tony Senatore’s rendition of Verdine’s  “Shinin’ Star” https://youtu.be/LKIb67U6-gA

Dig Verdine’s legendary solo from California Jam 1974 https://youtu.be/sJbZht9Jp94
 


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