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4 years - Governor, San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMY)
1992 – 1994, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA, Major: Music
1972– 1974, Laney College, Oakland, CA - Associate of Arts Degree
The Blues Society’s West Coast Hall of Fame, “Blues Drummer of the Year ” award
The Jazz Institute’s “Man of the Year” award
A professional performer since age 15, Larry draws from a deep well of musical influence, including gospel, blues, funk, jazz and soul. These various genres have collectively shared his unique sound, his groove “brand”, which is in full display in his performances and music recordings.
Larry's resume’ reads like a “Who’s Who” list, having toured and recorded with those musicians listed above, as well as THE WHISPERS, MARTHA REEVES, THE MARVALETTES, CHARLES BROWN, BUFFY SAINT-MARIE, RANDY CRAWFORD and many more. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area blues group, RON THOMPSON & THE RESISTORS contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards (BAMMY).
His impressive career also includes a motion picture role as a nightclub band member in the Academy Award nominated “Peggy Sue Got Married” and being featured on the ABC Television San Francisco local affiliate, KGO for his work with “GRAMMY In The Schools” as a mentor and instructor. World tours with jazz pianist, BRIAN AUGER and blues harp legend CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE round out a phenomenal career in music making.
The true power of the “Groove Merchant” is exhibited in his latest musical creation, the “Oakland Scratch Groove”. This groove is a true reflection of his talent as he offers his brand of penetrating, soulful, authentic “root music” grooves.
GRAMMY In The Schools
Mentor, Music Director, Music Instructor – Instruct and mentor high school students in music performance, music industry career guidance, direct musical performances at San Francisco State University
Rusty Key Record Company
Founder – Responsible for music recording, production of audio projects from song writing and arranging, recording, manufacturing through promotional phases
Teaches the fundamentals of music and fundamentals of percussion utilizing the drum kit, practice pad, audio/visual tools and text books; how to play basic, fundamental rhythms and patterns within different genres – rock, blues, soul and Latin rhythms; teach music theory
Students will gain the fundamental knowledge of drumming, coordination in their playing, acquire control, speed, touch, flexibility, power and be able to play on an advanced to professional level.
Introduce student to fundamentals of music through utilizing the drum kit; how to read drum music through notation, teaches drum rudiments such as the paradiddle, Five Stroke Roll, Single Stroke, Flam and note values
To take students from introductory to performance level, to teach students a drummer’s main job – to be the time keeper in any ensemble, an orchestra, jazz band, rock band, power trio – whatever music ensemble in which they are participating; equip the student with the ability to play the fundamental styles, blues shuffles, rock patterns, basic jazz patterns, funk patterns
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