Whitney Slaten is a composer and saxophonist who has performed in the New York City area for the past 15 years. He began studies in composition and saxophone at Hampton University and graduated from the Jazz Performance Program at William Paterson University. During that time, Slaten received studied with James Nesbit, Bruce Williams, Don Braden, Mark Gross, and Kenny Garrett. As a sideman, he improvised in the New York world music scene while performing with West African drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. After Olatunji’s passing, Slaten became a member of the Clark Terry Big Band, performing in Switzerland and Manhattan on numerous occasions with that ensemble. He continues to write new compositions and perform in and around New York.
Live From Where You Might Have Been
Live From Where You Might Have Been is a collection of recordings from a 2006 live performance by the Whitney Slaten Project. Each piece presents extended improvisations that elaborate stylistic features of music from sites across the Black Atlantic. Whitney Slaten (tenor saxophone), Phillip McKinney (electric bass), Andrew Shantz (electric keyboard), Foluso Mimy (West African drums and percussion), and Jaimeo Brown (drum set) formed the ensemble. At Kavehaz Jazz Club in New York City, the Whitney Slaten Project regularly performed works that primarily explored the musical traditions of the Caribbean and West Africa through improvisatory expressions often associated with jazz.