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THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF NEW YORK'S PREMIER GUITARIST
This is the place for information on when
and where TJ WHITE is playing.
"Unbelievable.." -fan in Lake George NY
"How do you do that??!" -guitarist in audience
"Simply the best around" -Arthur Gonick, promoter
"This guy rips!" -Scott Tuller, musician
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The latest addition to the instrument collection
A 1970's vintage spruce-top nylon string with extended top bout & soundhole. This guitar also has a saddle pickup!!
This guitar compliments my Paradis Avalon (pictured below), the other exclusively unique instrument in the collection.
Finnish made Espana Classical guitar
A handmade solid body nylon string electric. Made out of pear tree.
Swiss made Paradis Avalon guitar
Looking towards Puerto Rico
WEST INDIES TRIP IN MARCH WAS AWESOME!!!
Visited Sint Maarten (Dutch West Indies/Netherlands Antilles), St. Martin (French West Indies), Pinel Island (F.W.I.), Anguilla (British West Indies)
THE VIEW ON THE WAY............
Sandy Cay - British Virgin Islands
********** 2009 SHOWS **********
Solo Acoustic Performance
OCTOBER 24th 7pm NUEMAN"S Brookline MA
NOVEMBER 12th TBA
NOVEMBER 13th TBA
The new CD is being finished, more tour dates are planned.
Check back again!
A "bootleg" CD of original material is out there. A bunch of tunes recorded with friends Ralph Lane - mandolin, guitar, David Bevins - dobro, and Erik Diaz - drums
David Bevins - Dobro, TJ White - synthbanjo, Ralph Lane - guitar, mandolin
Meanwhile, I am in the studio working on the tracks
for the electric CD, with HOT TUNA drummer Erik Diaz. Stay tuned...
TJ White, an award-winning composer, and the premier guitarist of the northeast region, plays a wide range of instrumental acoustic guitar pieces that light up a room. A guitar virtuoso, he uses innovative, interesting techniques (upside down, overhand, one handed) which illuminate the performances.
Occasionally, a show will include both electric guitar and electric/synth banjo.
TJ White onstage at Middlebury College McCullough Hall.
Rich Kosonis of Independent Music World magazine writes:
"Not since Stanley Jordan has anyone reached 'over the edge' of acoustic guitar playing like TJ White does. Playing bass with one hand while the other plays the melody as if on a piano, it sounds like 2 or 3 people onstage until you look and see only one! His ability is inspiring since the two hands easily exchange positions, and even go inverted over the neck at times, without skipping a beat. The powerful right hand is like a metronome set to 16th note allegro, yet the notes transcend with a delicacy that defies what the eye is seeing.
Add to this his mastery of compositional skills, an equally impressive command of the electric guitar and 5 string banjo, and his is a performance one does not want to miss. TJ has been recognized by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the Uniformed Firefighters Association for his thoughtful and considerate submission of the song, "Sad Merry Christmas", recently nominated for Best Song by the Independent Songwriters Guild. With three CD's and hundreds of public performances to his credit, TJ White is a bonafide musical presence for the modern world. In this day of less talent and more production, TJ proves to us that 'chops' still count for alot."
Independent Music World magazine
Every now and then, there is an inspiring brush with greatness...
Over the last 11 years, TJ has cultivated a friendship with BELA FLECK - arguably the best banjo player on the planet - and in addition to awesome seats at nearby shows, he has enjoyed the time spent hanging out with the guys before and after the show.
TJ White with Bela Fleck
TJ enjoys playing several different instruments, which include many Fender Stratocasters, a Gibson DC ES335, Martin,
Taylor and Guild acoustics, an Gibson RB-4 5 string banjo, and a Deering
Crossfire electric synthbanjo,
fitted with a Yamaha/Roland synth setup.
This multi-channel output is fed to a Axon/Roland setup, while the analog
signal is sent thru a Digitech 2120 pre amp system, then finally
to the Trace Elliot TA200S stereo stage monitor/amplifier.
The electric guitar signal is a buffered line the goes thru a tuner, a 1970's vintage Crybaby wah-wah pedal,
and a rack of effects. No modelers or preset-style preamp crap is used. NO COMPUTERS ARE USED.
His amplifier of choice is the Soldano Decatone,
a 3 channel all tube 100 watt head into a 4x12 cab, mic'ed up with a trusty Shure SM57.
Acoustic signals are fed to discrete pre amps, then usually to Samson UHF wireless systems (UR5D).
The acoustic banjo is fitted with a Jones pickup and a Rane microphone. These 2 signals are handled separately by a Rane AP13 pre amp, which feeds
the Front of House system and also goes to the performer's in-ear monitors (Shure PSM600).
Also in the arsenal of instruments is a 1971 Fender Precision bass,
a Steinberger headless bass, and a recently acquired
Paradis Avalon solid body nylon string electric guitar.
Swiss made Paradis Avalon guitar
In addition to his music, TJ is a Licensed Guide and a Certified Kayak Instructor. He has been on over 1000 (One Thousand +) trips as a Guide/Instructor/Safety Boater/Escort, is a member of the "OVER 10 - UNDER 2" Club (that is, a Hudson Gorge Guide who has ACTUALLY guided with customers at river levels gauged at over 10 feet [21,000cfs] and at under 2 feet [a trickle].
When he's not playing music somewhere, he can be found having a blast on the water.......
this next shot is on the HUDSON RIVER GORGE, in northern New York State.
Guiding a raft through the Narrows
Thanks for visiting! All the support, emails, and CD orders are greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Keep checking cause things are happening...
a new CD is planned for release soon;
this website will have a new look;
there is a new band line-up for next season;
and I now have a Manager & Bookings Agent based in New York City.
My visits to NYC to attend the BMI songwriter nites at The Bitter End in the Village have been a thrill, to say the least.
TJ at the Makor Center for the Arts in New York City
...front-end is a 32 channel Soundcraft Ghost console - an analog British board with super sweet pre's and EQ. Neumann microphones record the bulk of the critical stuff, with Sennheiser, AKG, Shure, and Audio Technica handling the rest. We use tube pre amps and compressors made by Tony Larking in England; undeniably the best input available in any studio around here.
NO COMPUTERS ARE USED TO "LOOK" AT THE MUSIC, QUALIFIED EARS LISTEN & "HEAR" IT. COMPUTERS SIMULATING REAL EQUIPMENT AS LITTLE CARTOONS ARE FOR AMATEURS; WE USE THE ACTUAL VINTAGE GEAR THAT THE PLUG-INS ARE TRYING TO EMULATE!
This is - hands down - the most professional and best set-up in northern New York.
Dynamics are controlled by frequency dependent comps and gates, effects start with Lexicon PCM70 reverbs, vintage full-bandwith digital delay lines (DeltaLab, Roland), and everything is monitored through Event 20/20bas active nearfields. The TC Electronics "Finaliser96" is the mastering processor; and is a nice prefix for the HHB 850 Pro CD recorder. I'm really looking forward to the new electric CD; there are LOTS of new songs; most are rock tunes, with vocals, bass, guitars...there are a couple synthbanjo tunes too.
Drummer Erik Diaz (from Hot Tuna) laid down some serious drum tracks, and when I last hung out with him and the rest of the band backstage at The Egg in Albany, I asked Jack if he would consider playing bass on a couple of tracks!! That would be pretty sweet, and rewarding!! There's nothing like playing with level-headed professional musicians. Such a relief from all the amateurs I've had to deal with in the past.
Monitor World at The Egg in Albany NY
Backstage with the band after the show at The Egg
In addition to HOT TUNA, here's a partial list of other reknowned
artists I've actually mixed for in live shows, either running FOH or
Monitors. Not just talk, actually been there, done that!
JEAN LUC PONTY
I have worked in such well-known venues as:
HIGHER GROUND Williston VT
THE EGG Albany NY
IMAC THEATER Huntington NY
ECLIPSE THEATER Waitsfield VT
RUTLAND FAIRGROUNDS Rutland VT
For all you wanna-be Sound Engineers out there, read this:
The musical production "BEEHIVE" played for two weeks in July 2004 at Westport's DEPOT THEATRE. I was asked to join in on the music performance of the production playing electric guitar (my favorite!) thanks to a nod by longtime musical friend and drummer Craig Johnson
Shortly after, I was asked to do a live performance and interview on WIPS Radio for my friend Renee Propps (who has acted in movies and television including the hit TV show "SEINFELD" in several episodes.)
TJ with Renee at WIPS
I was asked to mix sound for the 70's band POCO recently; and those guys still can sing. Real nice
performance they put on for an industry honoree and his wife. The old POCO album cover I had brought
for the guys to sign for me was actually manufactured by this man's company! As a soundman, it was a great experience.
A while back I had the opportunity to spend time with Jorma Kaukenon and Jack Casady of HOT TUNA down at the IMAC Theater in Huntington NY. Those guys still got it going on.
I was asked back again this year to mix Jorma and Jack's
monitors for 2 shows at IMAC on Saturday January 23rd, which is where I met Erik Diaz.
Check out the picture he took of me with Jorma and Jack!
Jorma Kaukenon, TJ White, & Jack Casady backstage at IMAC (Inter Media Arts Center) Huntington, NY
Thanks for all the support, for coming out to the shows, and for buying CD's
and passing the word. It's all about the tunes!!
Take care of yourselves,
MORE NOTES & NEWS
Besides being a performer, TJ White is
also a formally-trained Audio Engineer. His skills have recently been employed by the IMAC theater in Huntington NY, on Long Island.
TJ at the Front-of-House mix position at IMAC
(Soundtracs 40 channel MEGAS console)
TJ with Mike at IMAC Theater
He has mixed for many big names including Stanley Clarke, Jean Luc Ponty, Rick Braun, Poco, Hot Tuna and others.
TJ spent some time this past summer with Sam Bush at the Westhampton Performing Arts Center
in Westhampton Beach NY. TJ's longtime friend and former manager, Lenny Gropper, accompanied him backstage
for a chat with the talented mandolin player.
Many thanks to all of you who write and say nice things about the website, the music, and your interest in all what's happening in my world.
Well, thats all for now. Email any bookings or ideas to
All dates are subject to change! Remember to call venues with listed phone numbers before driving. Any new dates will be posted as soon as possible.
The CD by TJ WHITE and Hannah McCoy is titled
"ALL THE DAY"
and is available here!!
The CD "TWO HANDS" is also available here online.
CD's can be ordered through e-mail. Price is $10.00 each, plus $3.00 for postage.
Click on CD image to order.
In the meantime, email to
if you have an idea or a place for us to play!!!
Thats all for now.......
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