Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and
distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his
recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965
album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played
everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while
performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as
Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art
Blakey and Woody Shaw.
Larry was born in 1942 in Manhattan’s Harlem.
Surprisingly, he entered music not as a pianist but as a
voice major, first at New York’s High School of Music and
Art for gifted students, then at the Manhattan School of