PhD in Music from the University of Florida 1998
Larry Newcomb SOLO / DUO / TRIO / QUARTET
North Jersey Guitar and Music Center
Orange County School of Dance and Music
Artist Endorser: D'Addario / Planet Waves
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.
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, he studied composition with Dr. Budd Udell at The University of Florida. Newcomb studied jazz improvisation with saxophonist Bob Mover in New York City. 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, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson and many others.
Newcomb enthusiastically teaches and encourages guitar students of all ages, experience levels, and stylistic preferences at the Orange Country School of Dance & Music in Monroe, N. Y. and at North Jersey Guitar in West Milford, N.J. The guitarist also presents an array of jazz education Concert / Lectures including the very popular What Makes it Jazz! at libraries, schools, colleges and universities.
Larry has contributed a wealth of electric & acoustic guitar stylings both as a soloist, and on gigs with Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub, Jack Wilkins, his own Larry Newcomb Duo, Trio and Quartet, Joe Vincent Tranchia, Gabriele Tranchina, Eric Person, Mike Camoia, Bob Magnuson, Robert Kopec, Rick Savave, Gabe Valle, Ray Blue, Bob Meyer, Jimmy Madison, Dmitri Kolesnik, Eric Olsen, Mike Jackson, John Smith, David Shaich, Tom Hubbard, Hide Tanaka, Clifford Barbaro, Dick Hall, Dan Moretti, Reuben Wilson, Selino Clark, Bob Mover, Jon Davis, Christian Fabian, Alex Layne, Ratzo Harris, Bob Cunningham, Nick Russo, Mike Campenni, Michele Santanastasio, Fukushi Tainaka, Lou Rainone, Benny Powell, Nathan Lucas, Max Lucas, John Miller, Jim Molloy, Marco Panascia, Tom Pietrycha, Omar Castanos, Christian Finger, Rudy Lawless, Jimmy Vass, George Braith, Jimmy Lovelace, Billy Kaye, Manny Duran, Ayako Shirasaki, Kuni Mikami, Brian Charette, Bernie Thompson, Nate Shaw, Sweet Georgia Brown & Billy Kaye.
Newcomb was lead guitarist in the touring bands of hitmakers iPeter Noone (Herman of the Hermits), Leslie Gore, Lou Christie, Billy J. Kramer, Tommy Cash, Darlene Austin, Tom Grant and Jimmy Payne.
Newcomb has performed in the New York City Jazz Scene at venues including The Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, The Kitano, The 55 Bar, The Merlot at the Iridium, Fat Cat, Small's, Garage, Cleopatra's Needle, The Flatotel, The Orange County School of Dance & Music, Our Lady of Pompeii School, Corpus Christi School, Teacher's College, Columbia University, Radio Perfecto and The Local 802 New York City Musician’s Union Jazz Jam Session. Florida venues include The University of Florida, Leonardo's 706 (Gainesville) and Walt Disney World (Orlando) and many more.
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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