Detroit Today

Meeting Jazz Great Walter White

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

WDET's Alex Trajano speaks with jazz trumpeter Walter White. They discuss his Detroit blue collar background, stiff drinks and of course, music.

"I think it really comes from inside your head, if you can imagine it you can make it happen," White says of his creative process. As far as his distinct style, White tells Alex that he could pick up any instrument and it would still "sound like me."

As a young musician, White looked up to Louis Armstrong and Freddie Hubbard. In fact it was Hubbard's song, "First Light" that inspired White to create a lush and melodic sound of his own. "The tone of the trumpet was incredible," he says of Hubbard's "First Light."

When White is working with young musicians now, he says he tells them to "imagine the sound, and allow it to happen."