Andrew White (September 6, 1942 – ) is a saxophonist, composer, and publisher (under Andrew’s Musical Enterprises, Inc.). He also plays the oboe, bass, and piano.

White is “considered the world’s leading authority on the music of John Coltrane and in the fields of music education and jazz education he has been nicknamed The Keeper of the Trane.”

White studied at:

  • Howard University (1960-1964)
  • Paris Conservatory of Music

Honors earned:

  • 2006 Gold Medal Honoree of the French Society of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
  • 2007 Benny Golson Master Award

Learn more about his life and work via Wikipedia.

While searching…

While searching for information about Andrew White, I also learned about William A. White II (June 16, 1874 – September 9, 1936), who served as a chaplain in the British Army during World War I. Although born in the U.S., he moved to Canada, where, in 1903, he was the first black to graduate from Acadia University. He also was the first black officer in the British Army.

This The Globe and Mail article provides an interesting overview of his life.


This post is part of the Roots of Greatness series inspired by Letitia Lee’s painting of that name.

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