Jazz guitar performer and educator Dr. Larry Newcomb plays classic & original jazz and blues. Larry’s June 5, 2017 release, LIVING TRIBUTE, is receiving abundant national airplay and enthusiastic reviews. His 2015 album LIVE INTENTIONALLY! earned a four-star review in DOWNBEAT and was voted One of the Best New Albums of 2015.
Newcomb enthusiastically teaches and encourages guitar students of all ages, experience levels, and stylistic preferences at the Orange Country School of Dance and Music in Monroe, N. Y. and at North Jersey Guitar in West Milford, N.J. The guitarist also presents an array of jazz education lectures and concerts, including the popular What Makes it Jazz!, at libraries, universities, colleges and many other schools in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Larry has contributed a wealth of electric & acoustic guitar stylings both as a soloist, and on gigs with Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, his own Larry Newcomb Duo, Trio and Quartet, with Ray Blue and with Joe Vincent Tranchina. Newcomb has performed at many New York City venues including The Kitano, The Iridium, Small's, Garage, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, Columbia University, Teacher's College, The Flatotel, Cleopatra's Needle, Our Lady of Pompeii School and Corpus Christi School. Florida venues include Leonardo's 706 and The University of Florida, (Gainesville) and Walt Disney World (Orlando).
Larry's musical influences include: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Albert King, B. B. King, Freddie King, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Lester Young and Stan Getz. Newcomb was lead guitarist in the touring bands Peter Noone (Herman of the Hermits), Leslie Gore, Lou Christie, Billy J. Kramer, Tommy Cash, Darlene Austin, Tom Grant, Jimmy Payne and many others.
He has studied with jazz guitar masters Bucky Pizzarelli, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts and Mark Elf. Larry studied classical guitar under Bruce Holzmann at Florida State University and composition with Dr. Budd Udell at the University of Florida. Newcomb studied improvisation with saxophonist Bob Mover in New York City.
Larry’s affable performing and teaching styles are informed by Masters and PhD degrees in Music from the University of Florida and a seasoned master’s understanding of the jazz idiom and its history.
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