Pianist, composer and arranger, based in New York City 1984-2014 and now living in the Hudson Valley. Larry has toured, performed and recorded with many of today’s great jazz artists. He is also a jazz educator, and is currently an adjunct professor in the Music Departments at Dutchess Community College, Bard College, and SUNY New Paltz. Recent recordings include the 2007 release of his piano trio recording "Carousel" and a 2008 Arbors Jazz solo piano CD, "Just Me, Just You..." His recent New York appearances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Smalls, and Harlem‘s historic Lenox Lounge. Larry Ham began his professional career in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1986-87. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95 and has also worked extensively with countless other jazz legends including Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has appeared at jazz festivals, concerts and nightclubs throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, and in Japan. Since 2001 he has been the pianist and arranger for JazzImpact, an international arts-based corporate enrichment program. He also organizes and promotes jazz performances through his company West Village Music.His jazz festival performances include the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, the North Sea Festival in The Hague, Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India, The Charlie Parker Festival in New York, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He has taken his own groups to Japan and to West Africa. He performed at the White House for President Reagan, and for President Clinton’s 1992 Inaugural Ball. Larry appeared in the jazz film "Texas Tenor" and has been a guest on TV programs including "The Today Show" (NBC) "Breakfast Time" (FX) and has been featured on NPR programs such as “Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater” and on Judy Carmichael’s program “Jazz Inspired.” As a United States Department of State Jazz Ambassador, Larry toured eleven West African nations in 2001-02 in a cultural exchange program, performing in concert, and conducting workshops on the art of playing jazz. From 2002-05 he was pianist and musical director for the New York City Tap Festival, also touring the United States and Russia, Greece and Italy. He recently joined longtime colleagues Illinois Jacquet and Renee Fleming in a reunion performance for "Soundcheck" on WNYC-FM Public Radio, later broadcast on National Public Radio. In 2005-06, he toured extensively in the United States, with trips to Japan, Germany and Poland. In early 2007, he appeared at the Kennedy Center and at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) with Catherine Russell, and in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Larry earned a BA in Musical Studies from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and an MA in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. Website: www.larryham.com
CDs by Larry Ham
A straight-ahead jazz piano CD, with Larry's compositions and arrangements. Most selections are piano trio with a few solo piano pieces.
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