We will be featuring an interview with and music from jazz double bassist Larry Gray on an upcoming Contrabass Conversations episode. An outstanding jazz bassist who is also equally talented in the classical bass sphere, Larry is a true multi-instrumentalist, having performed on guitar, flute, and cello in addition to bass. Larry teaches jazz bass at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Larry has performed with jazz artists such as McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, Branford Marsalis, Benny Green, Freddy Cole, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Willie Pickens, and Randy Brecker (see more on his bio page). He also has an extensive classical background, studying with former Chicago Symphony principal bassist Joseph Guastafeste and cellist Karl Fruh. Larry received bachelors and masters degrees in cello performance from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.
Check out Larry’s latest album Three Equals One from the Larry Gray Trio featuring John Moulder on guitar (this guy is a beast – check out his playing if you haven’t before), and Charles Heath (no relation!) on drums. Here’s a great video featuring this trio tearing it up live–check out Larry’s solo at the beginning of the video. I think you’ll be pumped for this great upcoming Contrabass Conversations episode after watching this!