About Larry Ham
Pianist, composer, and arranger Larry Ham is a veteran New York sideman, performing, touring, and recording with many great jazz artists. His own recordings have also received international critical acclaim: “Carousel” featuring his own compositions and trio arrangements, and a solo piano release “Just Me, Just You…” on Arbors Jazz Records. Both are available on the “CDs” page.
David Dupont of Cadence Jazz Magazine writes, “He glides over the keys with each note articulated cleanly…his playing is masterful.” Mike Neely in All About Jazz calls him “…a pianist well on his way to becoming a master.”
Larry began his professional career in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in the late ’80’s. He was pianist in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band 1990-95 and has worked extensively with countless other jazz legends, including the late Junior Cook and Dakota Staton. He has appeared at jazz festivals, concerts and nightclubs throughout the United States, Europe, West Africa, and Japan. His recent New York appearances include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Iridium, The Village Vanguard, Small’s, The Kitano Hotel, and Harlem’s historic Lenox Lounge.
International jazz festival performances include the Grande Parade du Jazz in France, the North Sea Festival in Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, Jazz Yatra in India, The Charlie Parker Festival in New York, the Montreal and Ottawa Jazz Festivals in Canada, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Larry has also performed for Presidents Reagan and George W. H. Bush and at Bill Clinton’s 1992 Inaugural Ball. He appeared in the jazz film “Texas Tenor” and on TV programs including “The Today Show” (NBC) “Breakfast Time” (FX) “Vinyl” (HBO) and on NPR radio brodacasts “Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater” and Judy Carmichael’s “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 Tapdance Festival, touring the United States and performing in Russia, Germany, Greece and Italy.
During the past few years he has toured extensively in the US, Japan, Canada, Germany, Poland, England, Switzerland, Austria and France, Brazil, and 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. He currently teaches at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.