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Larry Koonse

Biography Born into a musical family, Larry has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In his early years he studied with legendary guitar master Jimmy Wyble, and at the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled Dave and Larry Koonse; father and son jazz guitars. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Immediately after graduating from USC Larry toured extensively for six years as a member of the John Dankworth quartet, traveling all across the globe and backing up Cleo Laine


Making It Up As We Go Along

Label: Cafe Pacific Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: I'm Not the Same Without You, I'm Glad There Is You, Unlikely Valentine, Our Game, Tin Tin Deo, Lowercase, Vrohoula, Making It Up As We Go Along, I Have the Feeling I've Been Here Before, Make Sure You're Sure, Turn Out the Stars.


My Story In Song

Label: Herron Song Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Devils’ In The Details; No More Regrets; Modern Day Angel; Never Make Your Move Too Soon; Density; Alone Too Long; The Big Seduction; Footsteps; Consider My Love; Dawn; Sweet Lullaby; Hallelujah.


Isn't It Romantic

Label: Arden House Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: It Could Happen To You; I Remember You; Sunday In New York; You Go To My Head; The Nearness Of You; The Birth Of The Blues; Speak Low; Isn't It Romantic; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; But Beautiful; Just Little Loving'; Hallelujah I Love Him So.


LA Stories: Live at Sam First

Label: Sam First Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Forward Momentum; Tiburcio; Old Friend; Lonely Are The Brave; Red Car Reminiscing; Feed The Birds; Lullaby for Ludvig; Travel Town; Spirit.


Article: Liner Notes

Josh Nelson: LA Stories: Live at Sam First

Read "Josh Nelson: LA Stories: Live at Sam First" reviewed by Robert Petersen

Josh Nelson's LA Stories: Live at Sam First was recorded in February 2022 at Sam First, which has quickly become the heartbeat of L.A.'s jazz community. With this album, Nelson continues a love letter to Los Angeles he began with his 2017 release, The Sky Remains, which was part of his Discovery Project multimedia series. In ...


Article: Album Review

Angie Wells: Truth Be Told

Read "Truth Be Told" reviewed by Dave Linn

Angie Wells grew up in Philadelphia, surrounded by music. Her mother sang and played gospel piano, while her father was a devoted jazz and blues fan. The music of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Jack McDuff and B.B. King, to name a few, could be heard on any day in her childhood home. At the age of ...


Full Circle

Label: Cafe Pacific Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Everybody’s Gotta Be Somewhere; Celebration; Why Should I Wake Up; The Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Happy Talk; Soon It’s Gonna Rain; Sorry-Grateful; You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught; Love, I Hear; I’m Glad to See You’ve Got What You Want; Far From the Home I Love; Celebration (extended version).


Article: Album Review

Judy Whitmore: Isn't It Romantic

Read "Isn't It Romantic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sometimes it is a pleasure to listen to an album simply because the quality of the music is so consistently gratifying. And if the music is sung as well as Judy Whitmore sings it on Isn't It Romantic, well, that is icing on the cake, as are the superb performances by her supporting cast, especially pianist ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Convergency

Read "Convergency" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While big-band albums generally differ, sometimes widely, in tone and temperament, there are definitive criteria by which every one may be evaluated--arrangements, performers, sound quality, sequencing and, above all, the elusive but imperative swing quotient. Dave Slonaker checks all those boxes and more on Convergency, a superlative successor to his excellent Grammy-nominated debut album, Intrada, released ...


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