Larry McKenna Death – Famous Philadelphia Jazz Saxophonist Larry McKenna has died. He passed away sadly on Sunday 19th November 2023 surrounded by his beloved family at the age of 86, He was announced dead on his Facebook page saying “The world has lost one of its finest musicians and kindest human beings. With breaking hearts, we share that our treasured Larry McKenna passed away at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, November 19, 2023, held by and encircled with love from his beloved son, Matthew McKenna, and his beloved friend, Melissa Gilstrap”.
Larry McKenna Career
Larry McKenna has had an amazing career spanning six decades, earning him worldwide recognition as a jazz improviser and esteemed educator. He has shared the stage and recorded with some of the most legendary names in jazz like Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, and many more, including even Frank Sinatra. Not only was Larry a phenomenal performer, but he also excels in composing, songwriting, and arranging.
His 2013 album “From All Sides,” supported by the American Composers Forum’s Subito Grant, received critical acclaim for his original creations. One of the standout tracks, “One Falling Tree,” a bossa nova with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap and vocals by Joanna Pascale, earned the second spot among listeners’ favorite songs on WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia in 2013.
What you need to know about Larry McKenna
Larry’s talent knows no bounds, as he has also established the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece ensemble dedicated to showcasing his original compositions and arrangements. The orchestra was even invited by WRTI to film a live performance in their recording studio for an upcoming jazz video project in 2018. In addition to his achievements on stage and in the studio, Larry McKenna has made a significant impact as a saxophone and jazz theory educator.
He has taught at esteemed institutions like the University of the Arts, Temple University School of Music, West Chester University, Widener University, and the Community College of Philadelphia, mentoring numerous students along the way. He was a great joy to be around and was loved by many.
Larry McKenna’s obituary will be released by the family
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