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Larry Tamanini

Jazz guitarist Larry Tamanini has been a stalwart of the Philadelphia Jazz scene since the late 1990s. In that time Larry has developed an unique tone and voice on the guitar that has made him one of the most respected and sought after guitarists in the area.

Larry was born into a family that loved and valued great music and it was this support system at home that encouraged him to pick up the guitar and follow his own love of music.

Preferring the most direct way to the bandstand, Larry decided to forego music school and opted to study privately with renowned guitar instructor Dennis Sandole and ultimately Jazz guitar icon, Pat Martino. It was during Larry's time with Pat that he was urged into performing more and finding his own voice in the music. It was at the famous Ortlieb's jazz club bandstand that Larry received the most formal education, being able to play and interact with the best musicians in Philadelphia in a non-academic environment would prove to be an invaluable experience for any young musician and it was these nightly encounters with the likes of Mickey Roker, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Sid Simmons, and so many world-class artists that Larry was able to meet and perform on albums and festivals with artists such as Joey DeFrancesco, Lenny White, Richie Cole, Phil Woods.

Larry maintains a busy playing schedule and runs a Jazz Jam Session in Doylestown to keep the music going and pass on the mentorship skills he learned along the way.


Ibanez AF-125
Roland JC-55
Comfort Strapps .11's or .12's flatwound strings usually Top Tapes, D'Addario, Thomastick-infeld etc medium heavy picks


Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Teaching professionally since 2000; All styles of music. Music forte 2000-2001; Guitar academy 2000-2002; Richboro music 2002-2009; Music and arts 2009-present; Also teaching private students.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Blues to bop; phrasing and articulation on guitar.

Pat Martino
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Joey DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
Dexter Gordon
saxophone, tenor
Grant Green
Pat Metheny
Lee Morgan



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Front & Center

Outer Marker


Lookin' Into It

New Hope Records


Front and Center

From: Front & Center
By Larry Tamanini

The Voice

From: Lookin' Into It
By Larry Tamanini


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