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LARRY FULLER has established himself as a world-class jazz pianist firmly rooted in the hard swinging traditions of mainstream jazz. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, he began his musical studies at the age of 11 and immediately began showing an aptitude and talent for jazz. Candy Johnson, a veteran of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, took Larry under his wing both in and out of school by hiring him for regular paying gigs when he was 13 and 14 years old. He became a regular on the Midwest jazz circuit playing behind big-name artists and performing frequently in the nearby cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, Larry began working with vocal-great Ernestine Anderson, and moved to Seattle as her pianist/musical director travelling, performing, and recording with her worldwide through 1993, including her Grammy-nominated CD, Now and Then, on Quest Records.
In 1994, Larry joined the hard swinging trio of drummer Jeff Hamilton, a 12-year associate of the Ray Brown Trio / L.A. 4, and a member of the bands of Gene Harris, Woody Herman, Concord All-Stars, and Oscar Peterson. Larry toured and recorded several CDs in the US and Europe with the trio, working himself up the ranks of the jazz scene.
Through Larry's touring and jazz party performances, he began playing with many other of jazz's most respected all-stars, including several guest appearances with the exciting and world-renowned bassist Ray Brown. In April 2000, Larry joined the Ray Brown Trio full time. Ray's place in jazz history is well known, from the days with Dizzy Gillespie's big band, to his long standing association with Oscar Peterson, to his own hard swinging groups. Ray kept his trio travelling around the globe practically year-round. Larry was the trio's last pianist, and performed with Ray until his passing in the summer of 2002.
In October 2005, Larry joined the John Pizzarelli Quartet and now tours throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz. Larry Fuller has performed with Ray Brown, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Stanley Turrentine, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Marlena Shaw, Kevin Mahogany, John Clayton, John Heard, Bennie Golson, Emily Remler, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Harris, Ernestine Anderson, Anita O'Day, Steve Allen, Regina Carter, Nicholas Payton and others. He continues to appear at festivals, clubs and jazz parties around the worldNorth and South America, Europe, and Asia.