Pianist, composer and arranger Larry Ham has long been a noted New York based jazz musician. Reviewing a recent CD, David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, “He glides over the keys, with every note articulated cleanly…his playing is masterful.” And Mike Neely in AllAboutJazz calls him “…a pianist well on his way to becoming a jazz master.”
Larry’s professional career began in the late ‘80s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95, and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends including Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has appeared at jazz festivals, concerts and nightclubs throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, Canada, India and Japan.
Larry has performed for three US Presidents, and was a US State Department Jazz Ambassador to West Africa in 2001 and 2002. He has a BA in Musical Studies from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and an MA in Jazz Performance from Queens College in New York City. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Jazz Piano and Jazz Studies at Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, and Dutchess Community College.