Dr. Michael White an NEA Heritage Fellow

Yesterday, traditional jazz clarinetist and educator Dr. Michael White was awarded an NEA Heritage Fellowship. He is the eighth Louisianan to receive this recognition since 2000. In 2001, Boozoo Chavis was named a Heritage Fellow. In 2003, the honor went to Luderin Darbonne and Edwin Duhon of the Hackberry Ramblers, then in 2005, BeauSoleil’s Michael Doucet and Creole artisan Earl Barthe were honored. In 2006, the Treme Brass Band and blues pianist Henry Gray were named Heritage Fellows.


  • Peter Haby

    Michael White is one of the real treasures of New Orleans Music. He has a wonderful approach to his music. Although he has a respect & a wonderful appreciation for the past & all its traditions he is one of the very few who has added new & fresh original compositions to the New Orleans traditional repertoire. This rare ability has made his efforts with traditional New Orleans jazz all the more important combined with his outstanding teaching skills he is destined to become one of the very important figures for the ongoing survival of this wonderful music.