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    Liam84's too brief thread about Scott Robinson inspired me to
    post some clips of Philadelphia,PA tenor master Larry McKenna.

    I've always enjoyed Larry's solid and seasoned approach.

    Sweet and Lovely -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuq3mCHV6Es

    These Foolish Things parts 1 & 2 -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbq1-...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faHOw...eature=related

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    Larry McKenna, tenor saxophonist, has performed as soloist with many jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Tiberi, Warren Vache, Mickey Roker, Rosemarie Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops and many more.

    Larry began playing at the age of fourteen. At age 18, he went on the road for a year with a five-piece band of Philadelphia musicians playing clubs along the East Coast. He returned to Philadelphia and attended the Granoff School of Music and played local gigs before playing in Woody Herman's Orchestra. After touring with Herman's band, he returned to Philadelphia, then joined George Young's Band in Wildwood, N.J. and played with that band in Las Vegas.

    Since then, he has largely played in the Philadelphia area and has taught at Temple University, the University of the Arts, West Chester University, and the Community College of Philadelphia. He has also taught many clinics and presented many visiting lectures and taught many private students.

    One of his CDs, My Shining Hour (music of Harold Arlen, EPE Records, distributed by BMG Music Canada Inc.). It has received critical acclaim from reviewers all across the United States and Canada. Larry McKenna can be heard on other CDs including Don Glanden, Sudden Life (Encounter Records); Frank Tiberi, 4 Brothers 7 (Jazzed Media Records), Al Raymond & Buddy DeFranco, Born To Swing (Hindsight Records), and Something Big; Woody Herman, Crown Royal (Laserlight Records), John Swana and the Philadelphians featuring Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, Philly Gumbo II, (Criss Cross Records). His latest, It Might As Well Be Spring is available from DreamBox Media.

    He has published many jazz-oriented arrangements for school concert bands which can be purchased from Northeastern Music Publications. Music arranged by Larry McKenna has been played on The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson, and in the movie Birdy, starring Nicholas Cage, in which he played and appeared in 1984.

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    Larry is one of my favorites aswell.
    Here are a couple of videos you might not have seen with Larry playing with Grant Stewart and matching him note for note:

    http://www.larrysimprovpage.com/?q=v...ymiceli/011108

    http://www.larrysimprovpage.com/?q=v...ymiceli/011108

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    Yeah, that's a great match; Larry and Grant !

    Thanks !!

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    Found another gem from Larry - so relaxed, yet swinging .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Wm7...eature=related

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    Nice video of Larry Mckenna and Bootsie Barnes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iklK2QL9ErQ

    Philly's Finest!

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    I heard this guy on the radio today. Very nice sound.

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    Default Re: Philly great Larry McKenna

    That's great stuff! Thanks for posting it.

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    Thought I would share a couple of recent videos of Larry I have just been enjoying:

    Out of nowhere (with big band)


    Teaser - End of a beautiful solo (with singer)

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    Whoever made the Out Of Nowhere video did a nice job!

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    Larry is a master... I was at the "Out of Nowhere" video gig... My cousin plays w/ Larry every so often. I'm hoping to get to play w/ him someday soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MojoBari View Post
    Whoever made the Out Of Nowhere video did a nice job!
    "Nice" for maybe an amateur*....

    *for those of you living in Rio Linda, it's a JOKE!

    So Keith, tell us some more about Larry and maybe the 'piece he plays on?!?!

    Thanks!
    John
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    Larry is not one of my clients, but a couple of guys in the sax section that night were. I think Larry plays on a Tone Edge. Not sure what size or vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgreiner View Post

    So Keith, tell us some more about Larry and maybe the 'piece he plays on?!?!

    Thanks!
    John
    I emailed Larry about his set-up a few years ago and this is what he told me back then:

    ...I'm playing an old Otto Link hard rubber mouthpiece that a friend opened up from a 5 to something like a 6. I'm currently using VanDoren ZZ reeds, #2 and 1/2. I also have an Otto Link 6 that is just about the same as the altered 5. They are rather old so I don't know if the newer ones would produce the same results. My tenor is a Selmer super Balanced Action 40,000 series. 1948...'

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    First time I have heard this tenorist. Nice music, great player, nice post. Thanks.

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    Keith and Liam......thank you!

    John
    Endorser for Unison Saxophones

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    What a great player, wonderful sound, plays beautiful lines. Didn't know him. Thanks for posting .

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    Here is some vintage Larry from when he was age 45.





    http://vimeo.com/39868367

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