Born into a musical family in Letchworth, England, Peter White
began playing piano, clarinet, recorder and harmonica. His
interest in the guitar began with the advent of the Beatles
(although, unlike his other instruments, he would have to be
self-taught, as his parents refused to pay for lessons). White
was drawn to electric guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix' "Purple
Haze," but was forced back to acoustic when his brother Danny
accidentally set a fire which destroyed his "axe."
Deciding to make music his career, White worked various factory
jobs while awaiting a break. That came with his introduction
to singer Al Stewart, whose band he remained with for 20 years.
White also played with Basia, before branching out on his own.
Since 1990, White has been one of the most successful smooth
jazz artists, performing with everyone from Gato Barbieri and
Lee Ritenour to Boney James and Kirk Whalum, and releasing hugely-popular
He and his wife live in L.A. with daughter Charlotte.
- Peter will be on the Dave Koz and Friends At Sea cruise to Greece in 2013.
- Peter wrote many hits with Al Stewart, including "Time Passages,"
which made it into the top 10 in 1978.
- He was the UK's junior champion on harmonica – and still
has the award.
- White also plays accordion.
- He and his wife foster cats, preparing them for permanent
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