CATRIN FINCH CENTRE
Saturday 16 May / Dydd Sadwrn 16 Mai
CATRIN FINCH CENTRE
School Children and
Students' Union members £5
CONCERT PLUS A DAY OF MASTER CLASSES
One of the world's acknowledged masters of jazz and fusion guitar styles, LARRY CORYELL has recorded more than 85 albums over the past 50 years as a bandleader, soloist and featured accompanist. Worshipped by a legion of fans since the late 1970s he is considered a Renaissance musician who, as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, is comfortable in almost every style and is currently touring the USA, headlining a five-guitar band that also features the cream of American jazz guitarists: Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris and Joe Cohn.
Born in Galveston, Texas and crediting Wes Montgomery as an early influence, Larry arrived in New York City via Seattle in 1965, and began honing his formidable instrumental skill. To master every aspect of the guitar he studied classical guitar with Leonid Bolotine and soon got his first big engagement playing with Killer Joe Piro. National recognition soon followed during his tenure with the celebrated Gary Burton Quartet in 1967.
The late 1960s through the early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in jazz, rock and many other musical genres. He toured with Jack Bruce and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. The albums produced during this period see Larry Coryell emerge as a profoundly eclectic musician and improviser who merged jazz, rock and his classical training with eastern influences.
In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House, the most popular and successful fusion band of its time, which included his friend and colleague Randy Brecker. After The 11th House disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers.
Larry Coryell's 1985 studio album with Emily Remler, 'Together', is widely considered to be a classic of the straight ahead jazz guitar genre, while live concert performances from the 1980s to the present day have run the gamut of clubs and concert venues, large and small. A regular headliner at jazz clubs around the world, including the
Blue Note in New York, Catalina's in L.A., Blues Alley in Washington DC, Ronnie Scott’s in London and the Porgie & Bess jazz club in Vienna, Larry also performs at huge open-air music festivals in the Far East, Europe, Brazil, including sell-out appearances at London's Barbican Centre.
Christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine, Larry performs worldwide, teaches privately and at universities and composes on a regular basis. He is also the author of two hard cover teaching books published by Miller-Freeman.
"Larry was among the inventors of jazz rock, from the very first wave, even before
John McLaughlin. He was the guy who was cutting edge, playing really great bebop but also rock and country and blues. It wasn't even called fusion yet." - John Scofield
“Larry Coryell is the most innovative guitarist since Charlie Christian.” - Whitney Balliett