Larry McKenna Larry McKenna

One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra.

Larry McKenna’s composing, songwriting and arranging skills received critical acclaim with the 2013 release of his CD, “From All Sides,” supported in part by a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum. Among other originals, this CD introduced his popular bossa nova “One Falling Tree” with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap sung by Joanna Pascale, voted the number two song of the year out of 100 by listeners of WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia in 2013.

Larry’s writing and arranging skills are further showcased by the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece band dedicated to presenting Larry’s original compositions and arrangements. In 2018, the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra was invited by WRTI to film a live performance in the radio station’s recording studio for the station's upcoming jazz video project.

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Larry McKenna Concerts

Date Detail Price
Sam Taylor Quartet
Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Canada
27.50 CAD

Albums by Larry McKenna

Album From All Sides by Larry McKenna

From All Sides

Self Produced

Album Profile by Larry McKenna


Dreambox Media

Album Profile by Larry McKenna


Dreambox Media

Album It Might As Well Be Spring by Larry McKenna

It Might As Well Be...

Dreambox Media

Album My Shining Hour - Larry McKenna Plays Harold Arlen by Larry McKenna

My Shining Hour -...

Alanna Records



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