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Larry Willis

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 Music

ARTICLE: RADIO

Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80

Read "Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80" reviewed by Marc Cohn

December birthdays on G&M! Some big numbers for the living and those who caught the bus. Still with us are pianists Barry Harris at 90 and Bob James at 80. Among those who are with us in sound and memory are trumpeter Chet Baker and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer who would have turned 90. We also ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases

Read "Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we remember pianist Larry Willis (1942—2019) who passed away in September, followed by the perusal of a pile of exciting new releases and re-relases building jazz bridges between North America and Europe, featuring Midnight Lilacs (i.e. Chris Speed, Marc Ribot, Danilo Gallo and Zeno De Rossi), Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell, Simone Graziano, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

December Birthday Salutes

Read "December Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Whether they've grabbed their hats and caught the bus, or are still with us, every one of these musicians makes the world a bit brighter. Of those living that we've featured, a special Gifts & Messages greeting to Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri as each celebrated more than 80 years on the planet on ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

Read "Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems" reviewed by Chris May

It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Smokin' at The Nash

Read "Smokin' at The Nash" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Composer and trombonist Steve Davis found a home for his muse starting in the late '90s with Criss Cross Jazz. Over the course of seven dates as a leader and many times more as a sideman, he established his voice as a writer and performer. For the past ten years, his releases elsewhere have ...


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