A Canadian native born in Montreal of an American jazz pianist father and a bohemian
English mother – it was inevitable that Danielle White would end up working in the creative industry.
Her early career in a variety of advertising sales positions combined with a penchant for
promotions led her into the risky businesses of magazine publishing. With a talented son
who was the local young star jazz trumpeter to promote and having to earn her living
in a lively artsy town without a local arts publication Danielle founded a local magazine
to effectively kill two birds with one stone. She also founded an alternative health
publication to service the disproportionate number of creative healers who shared her
adopted town of White Rock, British Columbia the sale of which funded her and son’s
adventurous relocation to the United Kingdom in 1999. Ostensibly to pursue her son Jay
Phelps’ musical aspirations the move to UK also fulfilled a lifelong desire to live in one
of her ancestral homes – and the UK seemed much more accessible than Africa or the
Caribbean. Once ensconced a chance introduction to the talented trombonist Dennis
Rollins by her English brother – also a jazz musician – sealed her fate both personally
After a brief stint at Dune Records, the music label and promotions agency, Danielle
established her own management company Raestar Ventures in 2000 to manage her
then husband Dennis Rollins and to continue to support Jay as he rapidly
began to make a name for himself on the London jazz scene. Her company provided
management services primarily for Dennis Rollins – who has since won many awards
and accolades including the BBC Jazz Award for Best Band (2006); Parliamentary Jazz
Award for Education (2008); Doncaster Freedom of the Borough (2007) for his work
inspiring young people. In addition to establishing an indie label to record Dennis’
music Raestar Ventures Ltd also provides booking agency services and in addition to
Dennis had provided bookings for jazz artists such as Robert Mitchell, Omar Puente,
Cameron Pierre, Michael Janisch, Clare Teal, Cleveland Watkiss, Maceo Parker and
the award-winning princes of post bop – (and co-founded by son Jay) Empirical who
were also managed under the Raestar banner (2007 – 2011) and who also have
won many awards and plaudits including the inaugural European Broadcasting Union
Jazz Competition (2007), Mojo Magazine Jazz Album of the year (2007); and the
Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Ensemble (2008) MOBO ‘Best Jazz Award’ (2010).
Her collaboration with the UK jazz icon Courtney Pine who produced and recorded
Empirical’s award-winning debut in 2007 established Danielle as one of the foremost
jazz managers in the UK and she is frequently requested as a speaker by established
music organizations such as The Music Manager’s Forum and The Musician’s Union.
In her role as manager Danielle negotiated with promoters both nationally and
worldwide and co-ordinated all aspects of tours both nationally and internationally.
She holds large database of personal contacts within the industry.
“Within hours of Danielle sending out our E-blast we got the call from The Vancouver International Jazz Festival.” Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet