Saxophonist Lily White is one of the most engaging musicians on the New York jazz scene. Whether in small clubs or large concert halls, on alto, tenor, or soprano sax, Lily never fails to inject her sunny personality and sharp wit into her playing.
In the past, Lily has caught the attention of the music’s most reknowned veterans. She has worked with Mario Bauza, the father of latin jazz, and his Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra, touring with him in the final years before his death. She was a regular member of master organist Jimmy McGriff’s quartet from 1990-1994. She has done short stints with blues pianist Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, and Celia Cruz to name a few. She worked with Anthony Braxton and his tentet and with his Tri-centric orchestra, while still doing work with blues legend Roscoe Gordon on his new record.
Since the release of her first CD under her own name,“Somewhere Between Truth and Fiction”on Knitting Factory works, her band has played festivals and clubs in Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, and Spain. In 1996, Lily was awarded with a Jazz Composition Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also in 1996, her band was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for receiving matching funds from the Lila Wallace foundation for performances in not-for-profit locations around the U.S.A. In 1997, she was awarded a “Meet the Composer” grant for an artist residency in a N.Y.C. school. Lily has written and performed withAudrarox, a group that performs original music for children and families. From 2009-2011 she was a member of the Douglass St. Composers Collective. She is currently a member of Cynthia Hilts “Lyric Fury Orchestra,”a nine piece band that performs regularly in New York.
The quintet has 2 more CDs on Jazz Focus Records: “No Pork Long Line” and the latest, “Big Blue Line.” Her newest project, “Big Blue Line,” is a groovy organ quartet that plays in and around New York City. Their latest recording, “Old School,” will be available on iTunes and on CD Baby in October, 2013. To find out about other upcoming performances, click on the Calendar or sign up for the mailing list.