With his impeccable time, extraordinary versatility, veteran chops and steady-as-she- blows sensibility, it is no wonder that bassist Larry Holloway is one of the busiest musicians working the Northwest scene today. Be it backing up big name performers in high-profile venues, laying down tracks in the recording studio or playing with a small combo in a nightclub setting, Larry is the go-to bassist for many regional and national artists and bandleaders.
A Kansas native, Larry earned his Bachelor of Music in 1980 from Emporia State University. Larry's professional trajectory began in Kansas City, took him to Denver and ultimately landed him in the Pacific Northwest. Early in his career, Larry did two tours with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, led by Buddy Morrow, and also had the opportunity to perform with musical greats the likes of Chet Baker, Harold Land, Louie Bellson and Gary Foster. In more recent years, Larry has played in a variety of casino shows as well as in touring productions such as "Our Sinatra" and the Tony award-winning "Ain't Misbehaving."
He has had the honor of working with entertainment luminaries such as Bernadette Peters, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers. He toured Brazil with the Seattle jazz legend Ernestine Anderson and also had the pleasure of performing with the great jazz pianist George Cables as part of the Oregon Jazz Society's "First Jazz 2001."
Larry is a top-call session player and has contributed to numerous projects. He has recorded with the contemporary sextet The Big Bad Groove Society and has appeared on many recordings on the independent jazz label Pony Boy Records. Also as part of Pony Boy, Larry collaborated with guitarist Christopher Woitach on the CD "Guitar & Bass," which featured an eclectic mix of straight-ahead bop and jazz standards.
In addition to performing and recording, Larry is a jazz educator. He teaches private lessons, clinics and master classes and is a longtime faculty member for the Blaine Jazz Festival. Larry's teaching expertise includes jazz and classical bass and also beginning and intermediate cello.