As career starts go, Lenny White did just fine. In August of 1969, at the age of 19, the American drummer found himself pinching himself hard. There he was, barely out of high school, mixing it with the likes of saxophonist Wayne Shorter, keyboardist Joe Zawinul and drummer Jack DeJohnette – all seasoned members of the global jazz community – on the groundbreaking fusion jazz album Bitches Brew, overseen by iconic trumpeter Miles Davis.
White will bring some of that experience, and plenty more that he has accrued in the intervening 45 years, to this year’s Ashdod Jazz Festival, which will take place in the port town on December 2 and 3.
The festival lineup, compiled by perennial artistic director and pianist Leonid Ptashka, also features high-energy guitarist Mike Stern and Dixieland outfit the Carling Family from Sweden, alongside numerous local acts.