Larry Bright Bio


His first great interest in drumming developed in the early 70s after seeing Bill Cobham. Larry began studying under master drummer Purnell Rice. He remembers, "Those times were hard. I was the oldest student in the class. I remember studying my paradiddles & patterns and these 14-15 year old kids would sit down and smoke me." Fortunately, Larry wasn't the type to give up easily.

After two and a half years of study with Purnell Rice, Larry enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and it was there that he studied with Chuck Memphis. He learned advanced rhythms & techniques, which cultivated his individual style. Two and a half years later, he began his professional career. His first gig was with Michael Urbaniak in New York City. After laying down a few tracks for the album, word spread about this sensational new drummer.

Larry Bright has performed an recorded with such greats as Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, Buddy Guy, Scott Ambush, Frank Gambale, Paquito d’Rivera, John Scofield, John Lee Hooker, Gary Grainger, Victor Wooten, Tom Coster, Ben E. King, Big Mama Thornton, Carl Filipiak and more