Musical Artist, Vocalist, Manager, Educator, Clinician, Music Director, Jazz Presenter
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Larry started out dancing and then started playing drums in the American Legion Drum and Bugle core. From there started playing a set of drums in amateur shows and after that started his first band and played his first real gig with Lil Green, at that time she was the Queen of the Blues. From that, worked around the city of Chicago until he got first road gig with Floyd Dickson.
First trip to the Apollo was with Ruth Brown and Willis Jackson. After that, went back into the Apollo with Joe Lewis and the Leonard Reed show. Played around NY and then back into the Apollo with Dinah Washingtion and last time at the Apollo was with Lloyd Price and his big band.
Eventually became a studio drummer for Motown, recorded a first jazz album with Motown, which was never released. On this recording were Pat Martino, Red Holoway and Clarence Anderson. In 1959 cut his own album , The Big Sound of Larry "Wild" Wrice on World Pacific Jazz. the charts for that album were alll done by Bobby Bryant, James Spaulding on alto and flute and tenor. Bobby Blivins on organ and himself on drums. His drum artistry is also heard on Dancing in the Street and Heatwave with Martha Reeves and the Vandella`s. You can also hear him on Pride and Joy with Marvin Gaye.
For a few years worked with The Dorothy Donegan trio. At the time Doc Jones was the bassist.
Another great love of him is skiing In 1971 he became the first black certified ski-instructor in the state of Illinois, while working at Playboy.
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Nice to hear from you and am nicely surprised about your celebration next Sunday and yes, I wish I was able to be a part of it, you must be surrounded with a lot of good musicians that day. My girlfriend aspect to deliver my first son at the 11th and I like to be around her.
Nevertheless, I wish you a nice day and a lot of good years in future.
Warm regards, Jurriaan
PS Check this out, Last two years I built up the website www.juicyorganism.com, I have mentioned your name and that of The Chicago Blues Busters in page >> Memory Lane.
A story about how I have experienced my first gigs as a jazz organist in The Chicago Blues Busters.
Your comment wall show’s a last comment two years ago.
I wonder if you’re still a member of the net work and this message will reach you.
You might not remember me instantly but we used to play together and with the tenor man named Sonny ?, back in Germany seventeen years ago. I keep up nice memories working with you. Like to say hello to my partner at that time and I hope you are still amongst us.
Hi, Larry, I'm an old friend of yours from Chicago ... we met at a ski instructor's clinic in Lake Generva, Wisconsin, and later I taught one of your kid students. Remember? This was when you had the gig at the Playboy ski area. I used to live at Carl Sandberg Terrace? Anyway, it's been about 40 years, and I was amazed to see you're still alive and and still drumming. My family and I have lived in San Francisco for many years. I was checking out some jazz options in Las Vegas, and your name popped up.
If you see this, send me a message back. I'm also on Myspace.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."