Larry Willis

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Birthday
20, 1942
Birthplace
New York
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
20, 1942 (age 76)
Birthplace
New York

About

Specialized in jazz fusion rock music, bebop, and avant-garde. He was honored with Howard University's Benny Golson Jazz Master Award in 2012.

Before Fame

He studied music theory for a year at the Manhattan School of Music after which he began playing with jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean.

Trivia

He began a seven-year gig as the keyboardist for Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1972.

Family Life

He was born into a family and neighborhood that embraced jazz, and his brother was a piano player.

Associated With

His first recording was an Aaron Copland opera with the Music and Arts Chorale Ensemble under Leonard Bernstein's direction.