Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Larry began playing clarinet at the age of nine. His father was a professional violinist during the big band era and played with Harry James, Paul Whiteman, Orrin Tucker, and others and spent the last thirty years of his career with the house band at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.
As a child, Larry loved music and played clarinet and alto sax. At the age of seven, he wrote his first song with lyrics and sang it in grade school for his music class. Since then he has written the music and lyrics for many songs. One of them, in remembrance of his hometown, was put on the Passaic, New Jersey website.
Larry’s father encouraged him to pursue a profession other than music and he studied nuclear science. Although he received a B.S. and M.S. and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and worked for the Government for many years, he always pursued music as a hobby.
In 1956, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Elaine, and they had two children, David and Karen. Elaine passed away in 1999. Later, Larry met Libby Anderson and they shared a home in Virginia until 2010 when Libby passed away.
Larry has appeared in many of the better clubs and hotels in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area. These include performing for the National Press Club, the Corcoran Gallery, the Botonical Gardens, the Cosmos Club, and Congressional Country Club to mention a few. During a several year Dixieland gig at a local Maryland nightclub, Wild Bill Davidson sat in with the band on many occasions.
Teri Rini Powers and Larry were married in 2012 and reside in Hilton Head.