Larry Koonse has played with the best

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When you’ve played with Johnny Dankworth, toured with Mel Torme and ac­com­pa­nied Natalie Cole, you have to be some­thing spe­cial.

When you’ve per­formed at Carnegie Hall, fea­tured on over 300 al­bums and been in­vited by Nel­son Man­dela and UNICEF to per­form for the first an­nual SAMIX fes­ti­val, then you’re more than good. You’re one of the top flight jazz gui­tarists in the world.

Larry Koonse is all of those and later this month he takes time out to play three im­pres­sive gigs in the North Is­land. His Palmer­ston North con­cert, as part of the renowned Tom War­ring­ton Trio, is at The Globe on Wed­nes­day July 26 at 8pm.

Larry, who grad­u­ated as the first re­cip­i­ent of a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic in Jazz Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, has toured, ac­com­pa­nied and fea­tured with the best in­clud­ing Billy Childs, Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Alan Broad­bent, Linda Ron­stadt, Char­lie Haden, Seth McFar­lane and many other jazz artists.

His dis­tinc­tive solo gui­tar work was utilised through­out Crazy, a fea­ture film chron­i­cling the life of the great gui­tarist, Hank Gar­land.

Cur­rently Larry is a mem­ber of Billy Child’s land­mark cham­ber sex­tet which re­cently re­leased its sec­ond CD ti­tled Au­tumn: In Mov­ing Pic­tures. He’s re­ceived mul­ti­ple grammy nom­i­na­tions for the CD, a pre­vi­ous re­lease by the sex­tet and two Lu­ciana Souza al­bums.

Tom War­ring­ton, for­merly one of the busiest acous­tic and elec­tric bass play­ers in Los Angeles, is the bass tu­tor at the New Zealand School of Mu­sic in Welling­ton. Tom has played in the Buddy Rich big band and trio and, with other great New York artists, in­clud­ing Stan Getz, Dave Lieb­man and Hank Jones.

His play­ing spans a wide range of styles from jazz al­bums to TV com­mer­cials and on movie and tele­vi­sion scores. Men­tion stel­lar artists such as Ar­turo San­doval, Fred­die Hub­bard, Bob Florence and Peg­gie Lee and Tom has per­formed and recorded with them.

Book­ings 06-351-4409 or visit www.glo­bethe­atre.co.nz.

Gui­tarist Larry Koonse.

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