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Gelb, Larry

Gelb, Larry, composer-lyricist, jazz pianist-teacher, author; b. Scranton, PA, 25 February 1952. Aside from albums, he has written film scores, off-Broadway musicals, and the book "The Geometry of Melody". He began playing piano at age seven, started composing seriously at age eleven, and recorded his first album at thirteen. At fourteen he won the Yamaha International Young Composer competition. As a teenager, he formed his own trio and toured with Buddy DeFranco and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. A student of Margaret Chaloff (mother of Serge Chaloff), he attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and taught history of jazz at the University of California in the 70s. His first two albums featured Kim Parker, stepdaughter of Charlie Parker. An expert on the pianist Bill Evans, Gelb operates a music publishing company entitled Imagin Action Music.

Recordings:
New Souls (1979); Language of Blue (1980)

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