Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Ridley received his Master of Arts, Cultural Policy at State University of New York/Empire State College, 1993. He receivedt his Bachelor of Science, Music Education at Indiana University/New York University, 1971. He's done international concerts, nightclubs, radio, television, recordings with Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Horace Silver, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, "Papa" Jo Jones, Newport Jazz Festival All - Stars, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Hank Mobley, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Josh White, Don Shirley, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Mercer Ellington, Kenny Dorham, Milt Hinton, Slam Stewart, Billy Taylor, Red Garland, Betty Carter, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Dave Baker, Joe Kennedy Jr., etc.
Ridley was a Professor of Music at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1971-1999 and Chairman, Music Department, Livingston College of Rutgers University, 1972-1980. He was a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Panelist, 1974-1978 (Panel Chairman, 1976-1978). He was National Coordinator, Jazz Artists in Schools Pilot Program, 1978 - 1982. He was a Music Panelist for the NY State Council on the Arts, 1987-1990; United States Information Agency, 1992; and numerous other State arts agencies (NC, PA, MI, NJ, OH); Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He was Executive Director, African American Jazz Caucus of IAJE, beginning in 2001. From 9/16/2001-6/30/2002, he was a member of the Board of Directors, Madame C.J. Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis, IN. In 2001, he was a recipient of the Howard University "Benny Golson Award". In 1999, he was inducted into the Down Beat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, NYC Convention. In 1997, he received the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's "Living Legacy Jazz Award", Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. He's leader, bassist and artistic director of the Jazz Legacy Ensemble, 1985 to the present. He's Jazz Artist In Residence at Schomburg Center/New York Public Library- 1993 to the present.
Larry Ridley & the Jazz Legacy Ensemble: Other Voices; Live at Rutgers University; Larry Ridley: Sum of the Parts; Horace Silver, The Jody Grind; Hank Mobley, Dippin';Lee Morgan, Cornbread; Freddie Hubbard, Night of the Cookers, Vol 1&2; Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Lenox School of Jazz Concert (1959); Roy Haynes w/Booker Ervin, Cracklin'; Philly Joe Jones: Dameronia; Look, Stop & Listen; Teddy Edwards, The Inimitable Teddy Edwards; Al Cohn, Play It Now; Kenny Burrell, Groovin' High; Mercer Ellington/Ellington Orchestra, Continuum; James Moody, Feelin' It Together; Jazz Contemporaries, Reasons In Tonality; Various Artists, Newport in NY/Jam Sessions; C. Byrd, T.Grimes, J. Beck, The Guitar Album; Various Artists, Colorado Jazz Party; Kohsuke Mine, Kohsuke Mine First; Helen Merrill/Teddy Wilson, Sings, Swings; Dexter Gordon, The Panther; Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Monk in Tokyo; Bill Barron, Booker Ervin, Hotline; Red Garland, The Nearness of You; Gerald Wilson,New York New Sound ;
McPhee, Ypso Factor, Sapporo, Indiana Avenue, A Cry for Love