About Brent White

Brent White is a lifelong Philadelphian and jazz enthusiast. Mr. White understands Philadelphia’s rich cultural community; its leaders, history, musicians, connectors, and politics. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Widener University, a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts, and a certificate in non-profit management from LaSalle University. He has toured nationwide and internationally as a freelance trombonist to the world’s largest Jazz festivals, yet possesses the local field experience, and relationships with many of Philadelphia’s non-profits with a career focus that can be summarized in one word—Jazz.

Previously, White has worked as the Education Program Manager at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, designing and implementing outreach education programming for Philadelphia students. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Teaching Professor of Music and Coordinator of Arts and Culture Hub at the Dornsife Center at Drexel University. He has taught jazz in the Philadelphia Prison System, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, in the Camden New Jersey City School system, and as Director of Jazz Orchestra at Drexel University. Residencies included the Juilliard School of Music outreach Department (Bay Area Tour), where he provided jazz workshops in juvenile detention centers, children’s hospitals, and schools in the San Francisco Bay area.

As a trombonist, White has toured with the likes of John Legend (Indonesia), Kindred Family Soul (South Africa), and the Sun Ra Arkestra (Europe). He has been welcomed to the stage by Lady Alma, and has recorded in-studio for Patti Labelle. White is no stranger to the Philadelphia and New York jazz scenes where currently, he performs with Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory, and the Fresh Cut Orchestra, among other ensembles.

White is an associate minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg and most recently, he composed and recorded his album Broken Toy dedicated to children who suffer trauma caused by losing a parent to incarceration.

code-switching by Brent White

Broken Toy

The recording features Orrin Evans — Piano/Rhodes, Luques Curtis— Bass, Josh Lawrence — Trumpet, Ian Macaulay — Guitar, Nazir Ebo – Drums, and my daughter Lorraine Elise White – sampled on the song, I Fear Intro.

Broken Toy project is a beautifully scored suite of music dedicated to all children who suffer emotional damage that makes them broken and unable to be part of healthy relationships. The Broken Toy project was inspired by the children's book Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me, written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Previous Shows

Drexel Jazz Orchestra
Mandell Theatre Presents, Drexel University, 3220 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
March 16, 2023

Center City Jazz Festival
Time Restaurant; Fergies Pub; Franky Bradley's; Chris' Jazz Cafe. 1315 Sansom Street.
April 22, 2023

Putty Dance Project
Philadelphia Dance Projects, Christ Church
Feb 24, 25, 2023

Broken Toy
Mandell Theatre Presents, Drexel University.
March 1, 2023