Alan ?Chip? White was born on December 21, 1946 in New York City. He began studying percussion and music with his father at the age of nine, and studied theory and harmony with Vincent Corzine while in high school. Mr. White then continued his formal education at Ithaca College and later at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied with Alan Dawson, Charlie Marino, and Herb Pomeroy. He also studied privately with Freddie Buda of the Boston Symphony. Later, he studied orchestration and arranging with Frank Foster.
Since moving back to New York City in 1970, Mr. White has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists, including Carman McCrae, Jaki Byard, the Jazzmobile CETA Big Band, Candido, John Abercrombie, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Frank Vicari, John Faddis, Chet Baker, Bill Hardman, Junior Cook, Claudio Roditi, Dave Liebman, James Moody, Tom Waits, Kim & Marion, Enrico Rava, Jimmy McGriff, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Walter Bishop Jr., Ronnie Matthews, Al Grey, Benny Powell, Teddy Edwards, Craig Handy, Klaus Ignatzek, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Irene Reid, and Savion Glover.
Mr. White has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has also performed on television shows such as ?What?s My Line?,? ?The Mike Douglas Show,? ?The Dinah Shore Show,? ?Saturday Night Live,? ?Live at Five,? and ?The Molly Dodd Show?.