Lily White

May 14 (7pm EST):

Lily White (moderated by Pim Zeegers)

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Q: How does someone practicing group improvisation and group performance deal with social distancing? The need for communication and creativity does not go away, but priorities must change. Come into my studio on Tuesday, May 12th for a glimpse into my world.


Lily White got her introduction to the professional jazz scene in New York City with the Jimmy McGriff quartet, with whom she toured for about 4 years. She also toured with the renowned Mario Bauza and his Latin Jazz Orchestra. After that, she devoted her energy to writing and performing with her own groups. She was awarded a Jazz Composition Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her band was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for receiving matching funds from the Lila Wallace Foundation. During that time, she recorded three CDs under her own name: “Somewhere Between Truth and Fiction” on Knitting Factory Works, “No Pork Long Line” and “Big Blue Line” both on Jazz Focus Records. Recently, Lily has been playing and writing children’s music and was awarded a Meet the Composer Grant for an artist residency in Brooklyn’s Public School 321. In 2005, she joined Audrarox, a Brooklyn-based original band, playing sax, flute and singing. She is a member of the Brooklyn BVS choir and recently received a DCA grant as part of the Many Voices project, setting of poems by immigrant women living in Brooklyn to vocal music.