Larry McDonough

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Born: September 7, 1955    Primary Instrument: Piano

Larry McDonough

Larry McDonough has been performing in the area for 35 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from the University of Minnesota in 1978, performing on piano and trumpet, and in school ensembles with Clark Terry and Thad Jones, and for President Nixon and the President of Mexico.

He played extensively in the Twin Cities in the 1970's and early 1980's, performing solo and in his own duos and trios. He regularly performed at the old Night Train club in the Como Avenue warehouse area, and at the Jax Restaurant. He also taught, and composed and arranged for high school band....
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Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame. Minnesota Justice Foundation Distinguished Service Award, for making significant contributions to poverty law and public interest work and to ensuring equal justice for all Minnesotans. National Lawyers Guild Minnesota Chapter First Annual Paul Marino People's Lawyer Award, for work as a tenants’ attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and teaching housing and poverty law at the University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota Schools of Law. The late Paul Marino was a Legal Aid attorney and executive director, tenants’ attorney, William Mitchell College of Law professor, Guild president, and actor. University of St. Thomas School of Law "Knowledge Creation and Societal Reform", one of the "Living the Mission" Awards 20th Anniversary ACORN Award for improving the lives of tenants by working with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office in filing actions to improve conditions in rental housing. “100 Who Made a Difference,” 100 graduates over the 100 year history of William Mitchell College of Law. Hennepin County Bar Association Pro bono Publico Award, for excellence by an attorney in the public/private/judicial sector.
“Simple Gifts,” from the Larry McDonough Quartet, charted #29 on the CMJ Jazz Chart, published in CMJ's New Music Report Magazine, Issue 1085, and is being played on 100 stations around the country and throughout the world. National and international radio air play: Reviews: "Tuscarora: Short Stories for Jazz Piano," solo piano and voice, dedicated to the memory of Paul and Sheila Wellstone and benefits Wellstone Action, playing from around the country, and from Australia to the Netherlands. It includes original music, as well as arrangements of jazz, popular, religious, and historical music in different times signatures and harmonies, such as "Amazing Grace" and "My Favorite Things" in 5/4, and "We Shall Overcome" (with vocals) and "Star Spangled Banner" as jazz ballads. "Contemplative, but with a certain intensity that kept my ears perked. Larry's touch and choice of harmonies reminds me of standing outside on a clear, cold night and looking up at the stars." John Ziegler, KUMD Radio Program and Music Director. Larry McDonough and Off Beat, “Live, Cooking at the Dakota.” McDonough and his first group, Off Beat's maiden voyage was broadcast live on Cooking at the Dakota on Jazz88, KBEM 88.5 FM Radio on July 30, 2001. Selections include Cantaloupe Island in 7/4 (Hancock), Small Steps (McDonough), Adagio for Strings (Barber), Linus and Lucy (Guaraldi), and Take the 5A Train in 5/4 (Ellington). "Some very cool music.... 'Off beat jazz classics,' just 4/4 music isn't good enough for [McDonough].... 5/4 and 7/4 ... have fun with it.... I love this 5/4 ['Take the 5A Train']. Do some more!" Lou Harvin, TPT Public Television. “Small Steps,” McDonough’s first CD of solo piano jazz, includes unique arrangements of jazz classics (Miles Davis' "All Blues", Chick Corea's "Crystal Silence," and "Nature Boy", first performed by Nat King Cole and later George Benson), pop classics ("Linus and Lucy", Eric Clapton's "Layla", and The Beatles' "Good Day Sunshine"), as well as original pieces "Small Steps" and "Coreatown." "Wonderful, Herbie Hancock-Bill Evan-ish," Leigh Kamman, The Jazz Image. "He also exhibits echoes of McCoy Tyner ala My Favorite Things when Tyner was working with John Coltrane." T. Alexander, Pulse Of The Twin Cities. “My Favorite Things: Odd Times for Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Concert Band,” a compilation of performances of McDonough’s original pieces and arrangements of jazz for high school jazz ensemble, orchestra, and concert band.

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St. Paul, MN

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Bachelor of Science, June 1978 Music Education: Piano and Trumpet Assistant Band Director, Edison and Lincoln High Schools, Minneapolis and Bloomington, Minnesota Independent clinician

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