The Chicago-born White made a name for himself in Los Angeles beginning in the late 1940s, playing with trombonist Earle Spencer, trumpeter Harry James, saxophonist Charlie Barnett, and bassist Howard Rumsey, among others. White played with tenor saxophonist Vido Musso in 1951-2; also alto saxophonist Art Pepper and trumpeter Chet Baker in 1953, and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco in 1954. White was a fixture on the West Coast jazz scene in the 1950s and was still active in the late 1990s, often performing at the Lighthouse, the Hermosa Beach club made famous by Rumsey's various All-Star aggregations. In 1999 he participated in a concert tribute to the Lighthouse celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rumsey's first gig at the club.
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