Larry Koonse has played with the best
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.
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Guitarist Larry Koonse.