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Giving back

Jazz saxophonist Dan White is the first one to admit he's at a great point in his life. Only 22 and still a student at Ohio State University where he is getting a degree in music education and jazz studies, White has just finished a gig with the Disneyland All-American college and is now touring in celebration of his first major release, "Between the Lines." So what's he doing? Giving back.

White, who is from East Amherst, is donating the proceeds from the first month of his album sales, just released Tuesday, to two groups he says have helped the people he loves -- the MS Society and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

"I realize not every college student gets to release their own album and I'm just grateful for the opportunity," White says in a YouTube interview he did to promote the disc.

For "Between the Lines," the result of a competition he won at the Rochester Jazz Festival last year, White says he took music by Sting, Kurt Cobain, Irving Berlin and Nick Drake and "flipped them." "We took melodies and I wrote my own grooves and my own chord changes. We used the melodies as basically the entrance point and got into some pretty interesting improvisations."

Hear for yourself when the Dan White Sextet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Iris Restaurant and Maple Entertainment Complex, Maple and Sweet Home roads, Amherst. Admission is $5. For more info: www.danwhitejazz.com

-- Toni Ruberto

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