Song:The Closer I Get To You
British acoustic guitarist Peter White was in Al Stewart's band for many years before recording as a leader in the 90s. He's very successful in the Smooth Jazz market and his albums usually rise to the top of Billboard's jazz chart. He was born Sept. 20, 1954 in Letchworth, England. His younger brother Danny White was a founding member of the popular group Matt Bianco. The Beatles influenced White to take up the guitar. Though White tried electric guitar, he prefers playing acoustic guitar. He moved to London in 1973 and joined a band that split up shortly after he joined. He was referred to Al Stewart and White was in Stewart's band for 20 years. They moved to Los Angeles in 1979. Meanwhile, his brother Danny White formed Matt Bianco featuring the singer Basia. When Basia went solo, Danny asked Peter to tour with them. White finally released his first solo album in 1990. He signed with Bobby Caldwell's Sindrome label and began to have success in the Smooth Jazz market. The 1994 album Reflections is mostly covers of 70s classics including The Closer I Get To You. Producer Paul Brown is also a guitarist. Three sax players appear on the album. Boney James plays sax on The Closer I Get To You. The other sax players are Richard Eliot and Sam Riney. Other musicians are Freddie Washington on bass, Curt Bisquera on drums and Lenny Castro on percussion. White owns all his early albums and he has released them on his own label. White signed with Columbia and released five albums on the label. He currently records for Heads Up which was another label swallowed by Concord. White is releasing a Christmas album next week and he is currently on tour. Here's Peter White with Michael Paulo on sax, David Sparkman on keyboards, Donald Patterson on bass and Lamont Peoples on drums performing The Closer I Get To You at the 2004 Long Beach Jazz Festival.