RICHMOND, Va. – Many a person first came across Virginia-raised musician Matthew E. White – who calls Richmond home — when his jazz big band that includes Reggie Pace made NPR’s 2010 Best of the Year list, or when NPR featured his first solo album in the World Café and All Songs Considered radio segments, or when New York Times gave Big Inner stellar props, or when The Guardian gave it five stars.
For those who are big fans, and for those who haven’t heard of the guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger and record label owner, he shows up as the musical guest on David Letterman Monday, March 16. Shailene Woodley and Dr. Cornel West are the guests.
All the musicians performing with White on Monday are from RVA: Cameron Ralston on bass, Pinson Chanselle, Jr. on drums and Alan Parker on the guitar. THE Paul Shaffer is joining them on piano.
White is promoting his sophomore album Fresh Blood, which The Guardian gave four stars and NPR called “excellent.” After the late-night performance, he heads to SXSW for several showcases, then onward with a national tour.
He returns home for a performance at the Broadberry on April 11, before heading overseas.
This week, you can download a free track from Fresh Blood on iTunes, here: http://smarturl.it/FreshBloodiTunes?IQid=gmfbiT