Born: July 21, 1937 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Larry McKenna, tenor saxophonist, has performed as soloist with many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Tiberie, Warren Vache, Mickey Roker, Rosemarie Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops and many more. He is currently an instructor of jazz theory, harmony, and saxophone at the Community College of Philadelphia, and has numerous advanced private students, many of whom are well-known professional musicians.
Larry began playing at the age of fourteen. At age 18, he went on the road for a year with a five-piece band of Philadelphia musicians playing clubs along the East Coast. He returned to Philadelphia and attended the Granoff School of Music and played local gigs before playing in Woody Herman’s Orchestra. After touring with Herman’s band, he returned to Philadelphia, then joined George Young’s Band in Wildwood, N.J. and played with that band in Las Vegas. Since then, he has largely played in the Philadelphia area and has taught at Temple University, the University of the Arts, West Chester University, and the Community College of Philadelphia. He has also taught many clinics and presented many visiting lectures and taught many private students....
Craig Raymond and the Next Generation Big Jazz Band, Straight Ahead (Star Satellite, 2006)
John Swana and the Philadelphians, Philly Gumbo, Vol. 2 (Criss Cross, 2005)
Robert Henderson, RH Positive (Philly Breakdown, 2002)
Larry McKenna, It Might as Well Be Spring (Dreambox Media, 2001)
City Rhythm Orchestra, Goin’ to Town (Limehouse, 2000)
Larry McKenna, My Shining Hour: Larry McKenna Plays Harold Arlen (EPE, 1996)
Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, Crown Royal (Laserlight, 1992)
Buddy DeFranco, Born to Swing (Hindsight, 1988)
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