LARRY WILLIAMS always does it with style...-
...having made a life thinking outside the box” and playing a variety of instruments, covering many genres. The toughest part in describing this man is- where to start.
It was Larry's father, James Wilmon Williams who put a horn in his eight year old son's hands and gave him his first lessons.
“The real irony is, I didn't even want to play the trumpet.” Larry recalls.”As I was heading for the drums at a band camp just before 7th grade, I felt my dad's hand grab the back of my shirt collar, and reposition my footsteps toward the brass section. So it was my destiny?
Anyway, it's funny the things we remember.”
By the time he was 12, Larry had begun formal lessons in Orlando, Florida [with a private instructor] starting with Willie Thomas (“Jazz Everyone”) later moving on to two Florida Symphony players- David G. Sapp, and Charles Gottschalk. Later still, it would be
Ira Sullivan who would become Larry's “Jazz Finishing School”.
By 14, he held the principal trumpet chair in the Florida Youth Symphony.
During his two year tenure, he realized the traditional role of trumpet in the orchestra always left him craving more involvement and would find himself tuning in to the other voices, formulating his own opuses in his mind. Thus, an interest in composition had already started to blossom.
Jazz wouldn't come Larry's way until college, when Dr. William J. Hinkle (Seminole Community College) managed to interest him in some of the wide range of great players.