Jazz drummer Larry Bunker, was an in demand jazz percussionist. He played with many of the jazz
greats of the past century.American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist, he also played
timpani with the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra.
Born in Long Beach, California, Bunker was a central figure on the West Coast jazz scene, one of a
relative few who actually were from the region. In the 1950s and 1960s he appeared at Howard
Rumsey's Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and performed with Shorty Rogers and His Giants and others.
At first he played primarily drums, but increasingly he focused on vibraphone and was later highly
regarded for his playing of timpani and various percussion instruments.
A dependable and in-demand studio drummer and vibist, Bunker achieved particular distinction by
recording with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and many other jazz greats