Jazz Pianist, Larry Brown

Larry Brown

The Washington Post calls pianist Larry Brown "an artist deserving of greater exposure". In 2000 Larry appeared on the national jazz cable channel BET On Jazz show "Jazz Discovery" where he won in the instrumentalist category. He has also appeared on their show "Jazz Scene" as a featured artist. In 2001 Larry received WAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Group, Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and Best Jazz CD.

As an undergraduate at Towson University Larry studied with Stan Kenton's favorite arranger/composer, Hank Levy. With a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory Larry attended graduate school at Catholic University, where he received his Master of Music degree after studying Composition and Electronic Music with the legendary Emerson Myers.

With the release of his first CD as a leader, "Dryden Street Sessions", Larry returns to the traditional jazz trio format of acoustic piano, string bass, and drums. This long anticipated CD includes Larry's unique arrangements of some popular but under-performed jazz standards, as well as some of his original compositions. The Washington Post says Brown "evokes the master touch on this consistently entertaining collection of jazz trio performances". Bassist Hugh Johnson and drummer Jim Gaglione join Larry on the CD from Lush Life Records.

A kind of throwback jazz pianist, Larry lists his major influences as Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Miles Davis. After graduate school Larry toured with his trio "Spice of Life", vocalist George Chapin, and other local bandleaders. In 1996 Larry joined James Bazen's Music Unlimited Big Band. Having just recorded its second CD, that band enjoys a regular Wednesday night gig in the DC area. Larry also appears in a small group setting as a sideman with the Jerry O'Sullivan Quartet and the Rob Ercolano Quartet.