Larry Corban is a New York City jazz guitarist and composer with 5 CDs out as a bandleader. His rhythm section of choice is the Aperturistic Trio (pianist James Weidman, bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams). Alto saxophonist, Steve Slagle, guested for 3 cuts on his fourth cd, “Corban Nation.” Corban Nation was on Jazzweek: 20 weeks on the Top 100, peaking at #18 overall; CMJ Jazz Chart: 7 weeks on Top 40, peaking at #4 overall, and RMR Jazz Chart: 19 weeks on Top 50, peaking at #1 overall. His most recent and fifth cd, “Emergence,” is coming out April 26, 2019. On his fifth recording as a leader and third with the Aperturistic Trio, Larry Corban wields his burgundy Gibson L-5 with a blend of unabashed swing on uptempo burners and tender lyricism on relaxed ballads. This time out the core quartet is augmented by tenor sax titan, Jerry Bergonzi, who elevates the proceedings with ferocious blowing on four tunes. The music is on the cusp of straight-ahead jazz in the present moment with an intentional nod towards the mid 60’s Blue Note era.
Larry has had extensive experience working with some of the world’s greatest musicians! He has played, performed and/or recorded with Jerry Bergonzi, James Weidman, Harvie S, Steve Williams, Steve Slagle, Omer Avital, Avishia Cohen, Buddy Williams, Sylvia Cuenca, Essiet Okon Essiet, Ron Affif, Ralph Peterson Jr., Vic Juris, Oz Noy, and Wayne Krantz. He has subbed the guitar chairs at School of Rock, Motown the Musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Big Apple Circus. Larry holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College, has studied privately with Pat Martino, Wayne Krantz, Joanne Brackeen, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, David Fuze Fiuczynski, Mick Goodrick, Steve Brown, and Rick Beato.
What People are Saying:
“Larry is one of the bright new faces on the New York jazz scene. He is a gifted guitarist and composer!” – Vic Juris
“Larry Corban and I have been playing together for a couple of years and we came to point where we were ready to go into the Studio.
Larry’s tunes are challenging and fun to play and I feel we had a relaxed and swinging session aided by the great Steve williams on drums. I hope this Cd will garner more Larry Corban fans.” – Harvie S
Larry Corban: The Circle Starts Here (2012 , Nabroc): Guitarist, based in New York, second album, a trio with Harvie S on bass and Steve Williams on drums. Soft metallic lines (some nylon), S does a fine job of beefing up the sound. 4.5/5 stars – Tom Hull, Jazz Prospecting & Village Voice
Larry Corban, The Circle Starts Here (Nabroc). Belgian-born, NYC-based guitarist Corban unites with bassist Harvie S and drummer Steve Williams in a set list of calm daring. Corban experiments with various guitars and strings, all the while giving each trio-mate a starring role. Almost all originals, Django would be proud of this re-energized Gypsy guitar. – Ann Porotti, WTJU Charlottesville, VA.
Have been playing the new Corban CD and have been enjoying it very much, Excellent! – Jim Clark, KUSD South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Larry Corban, a bright new face on the New York jazz scene, is a gifted guitarist and composer. He is excellent! – Peter Kuller, Radio Adelaide Australia
“Larry plays a solid set of imaginative original compositions covering a wide range of styles on this release. He has chosen his bandmates wisely (difficult to go wrong with Harvie S and Steve Williams!) and amply demonstrates that he can burn, and I especially enjoy the contrast provided by his ballads and acoustic work. A CD worth checking out!” – Rick Stone
“Larry’s playing is emotionally satisfying on a technical level. His recent trio recording, The Circle Starts Here, is packed with his beautiful compositions and unique improvisations.” – Michelle Zangara (Jazz Singer)
“Larry is one of the most reliable and most hard working session players in NYC I know.” – Hendrick Helmer (Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer)
“Larry Corban is unarguably on the rise as one of the few jazz guitarists on the New York jazz scene that has distinguished himself by embracing his rock roots and fusing it with his jazz sensibilities.” – Michelle Walker (Jazz Singer)
“A truly dedicated guitarist. Larry Corban has a clear vision of the Past, as he looks to the Future!” – Jeff Barone (Guitarist, Producer, Composer, Conductor, Midi Specialist)
“Larry Corban is a multi-dimensional artist in every sense of the word – not only is he a phenomenal composer, but Larry posseses a technical and musical facility as a guitarist that enables him to bring to life the sounds, imagery, and emotions born in his mind, in a most exemplary fashion. The quintessential guitarist.” – Douglas Makuta (Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist)
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