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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhitney Slaten is a composer and saxophonist who has performed in the New York City area for the past 13 years. After winning several local and state-wide awards for his saxophone playing at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey, Whitney began formal studies in composition and saxophone at Hampton University and finished at the world renowned Jazz Performance Program at William Paterson University, earning a Bachelors of Music degree. During that time, he received lessons from James Nesbit, Bruce Williams, Don Braden, and Kenny Garrett. As a sideman, Slaten infused his improvisations into the New York world music scene while performing with, West African Drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. After Olatunji’s passing, Whitney became a member of the Clark Terry Big Band. He performed in Switzerland and Manhattan on numerous occasions with that ensemble. Slaten continues to write new compositions and perform with his quartet in and around NYC.