Dr. Michael White



Dr. Michael White is a New Orleans native who graduated from Xavier University in 1976. He received both a masters and a doctorate in Spanish from Tulane University. Dr. White began teaching Spanish at Xavier in 1980 and rose to the rank of full professor. He is also internationally known as a jazz clarinetist, band leader, composer, writer, producer, and historian who has performed throughout the U.S. and in thirty foreign countries. He is a New Orleans native who is a relative to several first-generation jazz musicians. White learned jazz from playing in brass band community parades for several years. He also had a long association with over three dozen musicians born between the late 1890s and 1910. He has appeared on over ninety recordings, including fifteen under his own name and one which he recently produced for the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. White currently holds the Rosa and Charles Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Xavier, through which he teaches African American Music and produces the Culture of New Orleans series each semester. White has also received numerous awards, including the French Chevalier of Arts and Letters, the NEH National Heritage Fellowship Award, the LA State Humanist of the Year, and the Tulane University President’s Medal.


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