The Jazz Journalists Association has named New Orleans clarinetist, educator and historian Dr. Michael White among the group’s 2015 Jazz Heroes.
The national Jazz Hero awards are bestowed annually upon members of the jazz world who make a significant impact upon their communities through music.
The New Orleans chapter of the JJA will present the Jazz Hero Award to White at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Café Istanbul, located in the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
White is a professor of African-American music and Spanish at Xavier University. He occupies the university’s Rosa and Charles Keller endowed chair in the humanities.
White has led the Original Liberty Jazz Band since 1981. He records for the New Orleans-based Basin Street Records. His albums include “Adventures in New Orleans Jazz,” parts one and two, “Dancing in the Sky” and “Blue Crescent.”
In February, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released the White-produced “New Orleans Brass Bands: Through the Streets of the City,” an album featuring three generations of New Orleans brass ensembles.
The 2015 Jazz Heroes Award recipients include music educators, festival producers, venue operators and presenters, broadcasters and journalists, a municipal cultural administrator, an instrument repair person and musicians who have mentored younger generations.
More information about the JJA Jazz Heroes Awards is available at www.jjajazz awards.org.