Born: Houston on 24 May 1930

Passed away: Los Angeles on 06 December 2016

Aged: 86 years

Benefactor: His beloved wife Leisei Chen
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Service Details

Memorial Service will be held on
Friday Feb 10, 2017 at 11:00am
The Lake Shrine Temple in Pacific Palisades, California
Please send request for invitation to >Email Sasha Ali

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‘In Loving Memory of Michael White Jazz Violin’
Organized by Azeem Khan

The Story

My darling, loving husband, deep music partner, legendary Jazz violinist & award winning composer Michael White made his final journey return to the ONE on December 6, 2016 at 9:35am in peace with a smile on his face. This song Skylark came to me, and I sung to Michael for seeing him off to Divine Spirit of Love ♡ Darling! I'm painting the picture with our sounds we cultivated and played together!

’Michael White’s Obituary by Leisei Chen’

’Jazz Violin Innovator Passed Away age 86; Wife Leisei Chen Pays Tribute | L.A. Weekly’

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Thank you Leisei Chen for sharing your experience with Honorable Michael White. As a student of violin, Michael's playing, and contributions to this life help to nourish my inspiration. And knowing that he too appreciated Ray Nance- who along with Stuff Smith are my favorite violinists has stirred me to explore further the work of this master, who has merely dropped his mortal coil, yet continues, spiritually. Blessings Family, Friends, lovers of the Good. sincerely, tftka dawidalle

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Stuart Wylen


Leisei and Michael, thank you very much for making my life journey all the more wonderful. You invited me into your home for a wonderful meal and soul-stirring conversation, and I am eternally indebted for that experience. And, while I've had some "heavy weights" on my radio show, having you both was truly, truly an experience I will never forget. While Michael is not with us physically, his spirit and work are embedded in our minds/souls/hearts eternally. Michael, thank you, brother, for all you've done and all you'll continue to do inspiring all of us. May your "journey to the one" be just as fulfilling as your tenure with us in the physical realm.
Eddie Becton

Eddie Becton


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Michael White who recently passed was one of the most beautiful human beings I've ever met. For serious jazz fans, you might know Michael's legacy as one of the first jazz violinists and someone who had played with musicians such as Sun Ra, Prince Lasha, McCoy Tyner, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, and Richard Davis. For me personally, he was the perfect example of a gentle soul and a precious friend since 2003 when he moved to Kobe.
Much love to Leisei Chen in this very difficult time. Your extraordinary love story is a legacy that I will always fondly remember.

Yuko Higashi


Michael was a dear friend, a musical inspiration, and a joy to perform with. We had an incredible musical chemistry together, that was felt with great ART and LAUGHTER!!
Much Love, Kenneth.

Leisei Chen


will always treasure Michael's memory. He took me to Nigeria in 1977 to Festac where I got to play with Stevie Wonder and members of the band " Osibisa". . Michael also allowed me to record The X Factor with him. I am very glad that I got him to come and play at The Malcolm X festival in 2012. I will miss him very much!

Muziki Roberson