Josh White celebrates 66 years at Club Cafe

Celebrating his 66th year as a performer, Josh White Jr. continues the distinctive guitar playing of his legendary father.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said of one of his performances: “The musical highlight of the evening was (White’s) set of sophisticated blues-based guitar playing and vocals. White has the harmonic finesse of a jazz performer, and his style is still one of the most recognizable and polished sounds in all folk music.”

JOSH WHITE JR (Photo by J.L. Martello)

White became, a “hit” literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father Josh White one night at New York’s famed “Café Society” night club (America’s first integrated nightclub) Josh attended New York’s famed Professional Children’s School, along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken, and Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote Josh’s first solo recording for Decca in 1956, “See Saw.”

White’s more recent recordings have included “Jazz Ballads & Blues,” a Grammy nominated instrumental jazz album tribute to his father—RYKODISK 1986; “Live at the Soft Rock Café”—RTG/Ocean Song 1990; “House of The Rising Son” (Silverwolf 1999) “Cortelia Clark” (Silverwolf 2001) and “Josh White, Jr.—LIVE” (Silverwolf, 2003).

Following the success of the rave-reviewed CD release tribute to his dad, House of the Rising

Son and the CD, Cortelia Clark, Josh’s long-awaited live band album “JOSH WHITE, JR. LIVE” was released in December, 2003. In 2006, Silverwolf released “Delicate Balance,” and in 2007 “Josh White, Jr. & Ron Coden—“All The Children,” was released, which includes many of his youthful fans’ favorites.

Silverwolf Records subsequently released “By Request” and “Live at the Raven” in 2009 and “Tuning for the Blues” in 2010 featuring more songs in the style of the legendary Josh White Sr.

A biography on his father’s life, JOSH WHITE “Society Blues,” by Elijah Wald, was released by the University of Massachusetts Press. And, from 2001to 2004, Josh joined his long-time friends Odetta, Oscar Brand and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in the Americana touring show, “GLORY BOUND”—a historic salute to Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Josh White.

In the wake of America’s tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, Gateway Records recorded Josh performing two of his father’s patriotic and civil rights classics, “The House I Live In,” and “Free and Equal Blues,” for their 2002 compilation release “CELEBRATE AMERICA.” Concurrently, with that release Josh White Jr., was the first artist authorized and invited to sing a set of inspirational songs at New York’s hallowed Ground Zero site.

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