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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 Mid-Atlantic region, which was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) as the Best Jazz Group for 2009. In May of 2008 Larry celebrated the release of his latest CD, “Peace” (Lush Life Records) with a CD release party at Blues Alley in Georgetown. The group’s previous release, “Hard Bop Café” was recognized by WAMA as the Best Jazz Recording for 2006 with a Wammie award. The group, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was recognized with Wammie Awards for Best Jazz Group for 2006, 2008, and again for 2009.
JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as "Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section." The group’s four CDs receive airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Russia, and Japan. In 2002 Larry received Wammie nominations for Best Jazz Group, Best Jazz Instrumentalist, and his CD “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. He has performed at Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, the King Of France Tavern, Westminster Church, Montpelier Center, the Kennedy Center, the Meyerhoff, Baltimore's New Haven Lounge, Strathmore Mansion, Black Rock Center for the Arts, the Alexandria Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, An Die Musik, and the East Coast Jazz Festival.
The Larry Brown Quintet features Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Michael Thomas on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax. Larry records exclusively on Lush Life Records and his recordings are produced by Jerry O’Sullivan.