Great "straight-ahead" jazz, reminiscent of the Bill Evans Trio recordings, as well as Oscar Peterson and Vince Guaraldi Trios. Features Larry Brown (piano), Kent Miller (bass) and Greg Holloway (drums). Tunes from Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Werner, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, and Horace Silver. This is the JAZZ you love to hear!
Washingtonian magazine says, “Larry Brown is a pianist whose rendering of ballads is particularly moving”. Regardless, he has assembled one of the finest straight-ahead jazz groups in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Mid-Atlantic region. Their previous release, “Hard Bop Café” (Lush Life Records), has been recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) as the Best Jazz Recording for 2006 with a Wammie award. The Quintet, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was also recognized with a Wammie for Best Jazz Group.
Larry Brown’s 2002 release, “The Long Goodbye”, has received airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil and Russia. In 2002 Larry received Wammie nominations for Best Jazz Group, Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and “The Long Goodbye” won the award for Best Jazz Recording. Recorded at National Public Radio, npr, the Washington Post says of this CD, “there’s no mistaking the music’s seductive allure”.
The Washington Post calls pianist Larry Brown “an artist deserving of greater exposure”. In 2000 Larry appeared on the national jazz cable channel BET On Jazz show “Jazz Discovery” where he won in the instrumentalist category. He has also appeared on their show “Jazz Scene” as a featured artist. In 2000 Larry received Wammie nominations for Best Jazz Group, Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and Best Jazz Recording (“Dryden Street Sessions”), also recorded at npr. The Post says Brown “evokes the master touch on this consistently entertaining collection of jazz trio performances”.
As an undergraduate at Towson University Larry studied with Stan Kenton’s favorite arranger/composer, Hank Levy. He performed with and composed for the lauded Towson University Jazz Ensemble. With a Bachelors Degree in Music Theory Larry attended graduate school at Catholic University, where he received his Master of Music degree after studying Composition and Electronic Music with the legendary Emerson Myers.
A post be-bop jazz pianist, Larry lists his major influences as Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Miles Davis. After graduate school Larry toured with his trio “Spice of Life”, vocalist George Chapin, and other local bandleaders. In 1996 Larry joined James Bazen’s Music Unlimited Big Band. Having released three CDs of its own, that band enjoys a regular Tuesday night gig in the Washington DC area and features some of DC’s finest jazz musicians.
The Larry Brown Trio features Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, and Greg Holloway on drums. Larry records exclusively on Lush Life Records and his recordings are produced by Jerry O’Sullivan/James Bazen.