A TRIBUTE TO LARRY CORYELL

On February 21, Larry Coryell past away. 

Larry Coryell was one of the most accomplished musicians, and we were priviledged to host him for a week in early December 2016. He was due to perform one more time at Bird's Basement early in April. We don't have internationals come back to the club for at least 12 months, but Larry was the exception. He fell in love with Melbourne and wanted to be back. We were very happy to have him back.

His sudden departure from this world made it very hard on his family and his fans. Other tributes already took place, the next one being held in Orlando, the place where he was based, on 4th April, to commemorate his birthday.

He was without doubt one of the most influential musicians of our time. He has left a wonderful musical legacy. From 6 to 9 of April, we will be hosting his band led by his own son Julian Coryell. This Tribute will be a celebration of Larry Coryell. The ticket prices are made as low as possible to enable all Larry's fans to attend.

The video on this page shows this band performing at Yoshi's a couple of years ago, with the late Larry Coryell.

Line up (bio extracts):

Julian Coryell began playing the guitar at the tender age of five, and quickly exhibited a natural talent for the instrument (and other instruments as well – piano, bass, and drums to name a few). Son of famed guitarist Larry Coryell, Julian’s musical gifts were nourished and he began writing music at a young age. The Coryell household was never lacking in musical visitors, and Julian was exposed to everyone from Miles Davis to James Taylor, each adding to the mix of influences from which Julian is inspired. Julian entered Berklee college of Music at 16 years old and was the youngest graduate a few years later when he was 18 years old. Since then, he has toured and recorded with numerous platinum artists and has released his own solo records on Universal, Sony, and GRP. Since his early years in Berklee College, Julian has been recording his own music as well as other artists – back then at a self-built 8 track studio in Boston's gritty industrial district, and now at a professional, state of the art beach side recording studio he co-owns in Venice, California.

George Brooks is an award winning saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of seminal Indian fusion groups Summit with Zakir Hussain, Bombay Jazz with Ronu Majumdar and Larry Coryell, the Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Prasanna and Elements with Kala Ramnath and Gwyneth Wentink.

Ralphe Armstrong got an early start in the music business.  In 1973, Armstrong, a 17-year old Detroit kid just out of high school, tried out for and landed a gig with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra.  The other person who auditioned at the same time was Jaco Pastorius.  “Jaco had a different sound then, he had an old beat up fretted Fender Precision, I got the job because I played fretless,” remembers Ralphe. 

Gayelynn McKinney, drums, has had the opportunity to travel extensively and play at many famous jazz festivals including Montreux-Switzerland, Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, 1996 Olympics, and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed as a side musician with such notables as, Benny Golson, Diane Shure, Jason Marsalis, Freda Payne, Roy Ayers, Geri Allen, Marcus Belgrave, Chaka Khan, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker Rick Margitza Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, James Carter, “Speech” of Arrested Development and is currently on tour with Aretha Franklin. While performing with Aretha Franklin, Gayelynn had the distinct honor to play for presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

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