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Larry Willis

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 20, 1942    

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. His senior year in high school, at 17, he had his first recording date, a classical gig with the Music and Arts Choral Ensemble singing a Copland opera conducted by no less then Leonard Bernstein....
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  • The Offering

    HighNote Records
    2008
  • The Big Push

    HighNote Records
    2006
  • Sanctuary

    Mapleshade Recordings
    2003
  • Steal Away

    HighNote
    1992
  • Inner Crisis

    HighNote
    1974
  • A New Kind Of Soul

    HighNote
    1970

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The Offering
HighNote Records (2008)

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