Larry Williams Sr.

If you don’t recognize the name, you surely know the sound. Larry is a veteran
sax man that has performed and recorded with some of the industry’s elite entertainers. Larry is very proud to have been featured with legends such as Little Richard, B.B. King, The Gap Band, Ike and Tina Turner, The Tonight Show Band, Motown Records, A&M Records, Quincy Jones Productions, etc., etc.

When performing with his full band, Larry is always accompanied by a few of his close friends and contemporaries, (many of whom are Grammy Award winners and solo art- ists). Larry’s West Coast appearances have included the Perris Lake Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena, Universal Studio, The Grove in Los Angeles, The Baked Potato in Hollywood, and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (The Cotton Club) in Long Beach. Recently he was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil’s Reality Show. In addition to performing in large venues, Larry is equally proud and en- thusiastic about performing in more intimate and private settings.

Larry has accumulated over 250 pro- fessionally arranged and studio recorded performance tracks. A few venues that have enjoyed these solo performances are Cast- aways Restaurant, Karma Bistro, The Crush Grape Wine and Bistro and Canyon Crest Winery. Without a doubt, Larry is an ambience creator who surely will make your private and intimate affair an evening to remember.

Larry performs original spicy arrange- ments to a repertoire that includes jazz stan- dards, smooth jazz, R&B, pop, and Latin. Larry’s sound is often described as smooth jazz with serious funk.

Larry encourages you to visit his web page at to review a more detailed bio, enjoy music samples, hear what others have to say and preview his Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

Larry O. Williams, Sr.


1967  Full Scholarship Student to The University of Missouri (Music Education)

1971  Graduated BS Degree January, 1971 from University of Missouri.

1972  Worked with Little Richard in Los Angeles, CA (1972 – 1980).

1978  Raised funds to purchase 145 Band and Drill Team uniforms and flew 145 Band and Drill Team members to Washington D C to represent California in the Cherry Blossom Festival.  California Congresswoman Burke hosted us for tours of the city and government offices.

1978  Mayor Tom Bradley invited Dorsey High to perform for Prince Charles of England.

1988  Franchisee of 7-Eleven  Store (Carson, CA)

1988  Became member of 100 Black Men of Los Angeles

1989  Mutli 7-Eleven Franchisee (Los Angeles, CA)

1990  Elected President Minority Franchisee Association

1990  Selected Franchisee of the Year 7-Eleven

1990  Board of Directors Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation.  Chaired fund raising activities raised over 1 million dollars

2005  Started a music program at Chatsworth High who within 3 years won multiple city championships in  field show competitions, Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute winners and performers at The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Rose Bowl.

2008 raised money to purchase new band uniforms for 80 music students

2010  Raised money and developed a piano lab at Chatsworth High.  Purchased 18 Yamaha Electric Keyboards with training material.

2012  Selected The Creative Arts Teacher Award (LAUSD)

Taught LAUSD total of 20 years (Jr. High  and High School).   Bret Harte Middle School, Dorsey High  Gardena High, Norbonne High and Chatsworth High.

LAUSD Award winning High School Band Director.