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Larry Willis

p, *1940 US, New York City
Singer / Musician / Composer of Jazz and Rock
A.k.a. Lawrence Elliott Willis

Lawrence Elliott "Larry" Willis (born December 20, 1940) is an American jazz pianist and composer. He has performed in a wide range of styles, including jazz fusion rock music, bebop and Avant-Garde.Willis was born in New York City. After his first year studying music theory at the Manhattan School of Music he began performing regularly with Jackie McLean. After he graduated he made his first jazz recording, McLean's Right Now!, which featured two of Willis' compositions. His first recording of any type, however, was as a singer with the Music and Arts Chorale Ensemble, performing an opera by Aaron Copland under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. He decided to concentrate on jazz because of the difficulties African American musicians had in finding work in concert music. He is still recor

        
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Electric piano
  • Organ
  • Synthesizer
  • Clavinet
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
153rd Street Theme on The Best of the Funky Blues from The Groove Merchant Vault by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ramon Morris & Larry Willis
Out on the Coast on The Best of the Funky Blues from The Groove Merchant Vault by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ramon Morris & Larry Willis
Inner Crisis on The Best of the Funky Blues from The Groove Merchant Vault by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ramon Morris & Larry Willis
"Music" on Love Light by Various Artists
Heavy Blue on I Fall in Love Too Easily by Larry Willis
The Meaning of the Blues on I Fall in Love Too Easily by Larry Willis
To wisdom, the prize on Heavy Blue by Larry Willis
Journey's End on The Best of the Funky Blues from The Groove Merchant Vault by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ramon Morris & Larry Willis
Today's Nights on I Fall in Love Too Easily by Larry Willis
Gloria's step on How Do You Keep The Music Play by Larry Willis

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Out On The Coast / Inner CrisisLarry Willis2018Single
FriendsHugh Masekela, Larry Willis2012Album
Four Hands, One HeartMike DiRubbo & Larry Willis2011Album
Live At SmallsSteve Davis Quintet Featuring Larry Willis2009Album
The OfferingLarry Willis2008Album
Blue FableLarry Willis2007Album
Alter EgoLarry Willis, Tony Pancella2006Album
The Powers Of Two Volume Two 2Paul Murphy, Larry Willis2006Album
FoundationsPaul Murphy - Larry Willis2006Album
SanctuaryLarry Willis2003Album
SunshowerLarry Willis2001Album
Gentle Giant Of The Tenor SaxBob Kindred, Larry Willis2001Album
Never Let Me GoMonica Worth : With Larry Willis, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cobb + Rick Schmidt Strings2000Album
If Trees Could TalkHamiet Bluiett, Larry Willis1999Album
SerenadeLarry Willis with Ray Drummond and Victor Lewis1995Album
Barge Burns... Slide Flies.Dave Bargeron Quartet With Larry Willis1995Album
Solo SpiritLarry Willis1993Album
A Minute With MilesEddie Gale Quintet Featuring Larry Willis1993Album
How Do You Keep The Music PlayingLarry Willis1992Album
UnforgettableLarry Willis1992Album
Steal AwayLarry Willis1992Album
MosaicJeff Hittman / Yoshitaka Uematsu Feat. Valery Ponomarev, Larry Willis, Dennis Irwin1988Album
Inner CrisisLarry Willis1974Album
A New Kind Of SoulLarry Willis1970Album
Hard To HandleLarry Willis1970Single
Lickin' StickLarry Willis1969Single
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