Listen to Larry Carlton’s Interview with Smooth Jazz Europe

Larry Carlton performed May 18th, 2011 in Metropool Hengelo (NL) with Andrew Ford on bass and Gene Coye on drums. Smooth Jazz Europe had the opportunity to have an interview with the world famous guitar player before his show. All kind of things between playing the guitar as a kid, recording the tunes for Hill St. Blues and Who Is The Boss, using a magic synth box, being at home at his farm, playing with Fourplay and The Crusaders, came along!

Listen to the interview:
Smooth Jazz Europe Interview by Larry Carlton

Help Larry Carlton Reach the Top of the Charts by Requesting “Back Stabbers”

Larry Carlton has been climbing up the jazz radio charts, and he needs your help to reach the top! Call up, email, or tweet your local jazz radio stations and request play of “Back Stabbers” from Larry Carlton’s latest album, “Larry Carlton Plays the Sound of Philadelphia.”

Here’s an audio sample of the track!
Larry Carlton – Back Stabbers – The Sound of Philadelphia by Larry Carlton

The Sound of Philadelphia - Larry CarltonKeep track of where Larry Carlton is on the jazz radio charts:

Larry is currently #8 on the top 50:

#3 on the indie charts:

#3 on the radar charts:

New Larry Carlton Trio CD and DVD Now Available for Pre-Order!

Larry Carlton Trio - The Paris ConcertLarry Carlton Trio is releasing a new CD and DVD — “The Paris Concert” — and both items are now available for pre-order!

The CD will be released digitally on October 28th, 2011 on iTunes and physically on November 1st, 2011.

The DVD will be released on November 1st, 2011.

Pre-order the items below. Both will ship on November 1st, 2011.

Pre-order the CD Now: $18.95 + shipping (released November 1, 2011)

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Larry Carlton Forced to Cancel Tour Dates

Larry CarltonIt is with regret that WBA Entertainment must announce that Larry Carlton will be forced to cancel his upcoming tour dates in Canada and the United States due to a back injury sustained in a horseback riding accident last week at his farm in Nashville TN. The good news is that no bones were broken, the back injury is not permanent and he is expected to make a full recovery. Larry Carlton looks forward to seeing all his fans at the upcoming rescheduled performances.

Thursday 20-Oct-11 Quebec City, QC RESCHEDULED TO 21-Jan-12
Friday 21-Oct-11 Gravenhurst, ON RESCHEDULED TO 20-Jan-12
Saturday 22-Oct-11 Niagara Falls, NY RESCHEDULED TO 25-Feb-12
Sunday 23-Oct-11 Norfolk CT RESCHEDULED TO 26-Feb-12
Monday 24-Oct-11 New York NY RESCHEDULED TO 23-Jan-12

For more information regarding the rescheduling of each show please contact the individual venues for additional details.

For additional information please contact WBA Entertainment, at

Larry Carlton Interview with The Examiner

Larry CarltonA longtime Nashville resident, Larry Carlton will perform a special hometown show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, September 30. Larry spoke to about the upcoming show, his long career, playing with Michael Jackson and Dolly Parton, his continuing passion for music and more in the following interview.

You’re playing at the Schermerhorn on Friday. Is this in conjunction with the Larry Carlton Plays the Sound of Philadelphia project?
That will be part of the show. The show I’m putting together is . . . I don’t know if you’d call it the landscape of my career, but I’m going to do some things that I haven’t done before, and the people are gonna be excited. They’re gonna go, “Wow, I didn’t know he played on that,” or “Really? He was involved in that?”

I want to do a special show that night. It won’t be just me and a sax player. (Laughs).

How did this come about? Did they approach you, or were you looking around for an appropriate venue for a particular type of show?
I was approached. I guess they finally got around to me. (Laughs). No, I was excited when I got the call. It’s hometown for me, and the venue, if you will. I’m really excited.

After the long career you’ve had and all the various things you’ve done, what is it that keeps you active and excited about music?
That’s a difficult question in that, at four years old I was fascinated with the guitar. At six years old I started taking lessons. I was passionate about it through the next fifty years, and that passion still exists.

Do you still keep an active practice regimen? Do you have the guitar in your hand every day?
No, normally I do about 125-150 a year touring around the world. So when I come home – and this is not new to me, I did this way back in the seventies – it’s not unusual for me to not touch the guitar for a month, and just live my life; go horseback riding, go fishing.

I find that’s good for my soul, good for my mind, and then when I come back to the guitar it’s time to go again. It’s a balance, I think.

You came up in an era where everything about the business was different. With all the changes in recording and distribution, do you think it’s easier or harder for an artist in your position than it used to be?
Well, I have a unique situation, so I’m going to say it’s easier. I have my own label now, and for the last four-and-a-half years. It was the first time in 17 years that I wasn’t on a major label, and it was by choice. With the Internet I can talk to, play for, make music for the whole world, not just the US. When I was on a major they were very focused on the US.

Of course my albums were distributed overseas, and I have a great career in Japan and Europe. But now, I get an idea for a project . . . maybe it’ll come from someone on Facebook saying, “Larry, have you ever thought of something with strings?” It could happen like that. So I’m enjoying the freedom of getting to make those choices.

What about the downside of the Internet, which is illegal downloading. Has that impacted you in the same way that it has rock and pop acts?
Well, of course. My numbers are down, like most artists, because everybody’s exchanging files back and forth. That affects not only your record royalties, but your publishing and writing royalties. But it’s just a new day, and I’m going with it. On my website I’m sharing how I learned the guitar, how I play it . . . I want to be part of this new scene, and not avoid it and resent it.

You’ve obviously done a ton of recording, but two names jumped out at me from all that you’ve done that I wanted to ask you about, one of which is Michael Jackson. What did you do with Michael Jackson?
Quincy [Jones] called and said, “Larry, I have a special song, and it’s got to be you.” Because I wasn’t doing a lot of dates, I’d already discontinued doing a lot of dates back then. So I went in and recorded what became a single, “She’s Out of My Life.”

In fact I’m looking at a three-foot plaque in my office right now that says, “Michael Jackson Off The Wall, over five million albums sold. We got all the marbles on this one, thanks for your help, Quincy.” And there’s four marbles in the bottom of it. It has a picture of Michael and the album cover. So yeah, I played on one cut on that album as a favor to Quincy.

When you’re doing that many different dates in so many different styles as you used to, is there any rational way to prepare for that, or do you just walk in and do it?
You walk in cold.

Versatility has served me well, and I think one of the reasons that I’m so versatile as a musician is because of the era and time that I was brought up. You figure, I was born in 1948, so by the time 1958 came around I’m ten, and I’m listening to doo-wop music on the radio. And that transitioned into the sixties, and rock and roll became very big.

So I’m part of that whole history, and I was playing the guitar the whole time. Every time something new came out in a style, I was aware of it. It was part of my hunger to learn how they did that. I wanted to learn the solo on an Elvis Presley record, and then The Beatles came along. So I lived through that transition, and the one thing that really made me a little bit different is that I fell in love with jazz when I was 14, but I didn’t neglect pop music.

You’re offering interactive lessons on your web site. What gave you the idea to do that?
I was doing a guitar seminar in New York, and a producer was there who produces teaching DVDs. He has the largest Internet site, called TrueFire. Anyway, he was impressed with my seminar and the way I communicate, so he approached me and said, “I’d like to produce a teaching video with you. It’s been twenty years since you’ve done one.” So that’s how it started, and it still continues. I’m flying out tomorrow to speak to him about another project. So having a great producer helps me expose what I want to give to the guys out there.

What do you think is the most important thing to know for a kid who wants to play guitar?
I think what you just said: if a kid wants to play. I think motive is really important. What’s your motive to play the guitar? Mine was always to make music. I can say this honestly: I never thought about being a star. It never entered my mind. I wanted to play the guitar. My dream as a teen was to be like my jazz heroes and play jazz in smoky clubs my whole life. I didn’t know I was gonna become a session guy or any of that stuff.

So it’s motive. Are you doing this because you want to be a star, or do you want to be a musician? If you’re doing it because you want to be a star, then you’ll go that direction, and that’s okay. Both avenues are fine, but I think you’ve got to be honest, because I think truthfulness comes out of you when you’re playing your music.

Your son Travis is a bass player. Is it something that gives you pause, to see him go into the business? Because you have a decades-long bird’s eye view of how difficult it can be.
All I can tell you is that he’s gifted with music, and then he worked very, very hard as soon as he got out of high school. He went to GIT, graduated top of the class, Best Performer . . . he’s a gifted, gifted musician who’s worked very hard, and now he’s reaping the rewards of that.

When he was a little boy sitting on my lap, and I’d be mixing a song in my studio, his body was always in time with the song. As a little kid. The stuff you can’t teach, Travis got. I’m very proud of him. He plays in my band, he plays in Robben Ford’s band, and he plays in Scott Henderson’s band. People like grooving to Travis. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Larry Carlton to Perform with the Nashville Symphony

One of the greatest guitarists working today, 19-time GRAMMY® nominee and multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Larry Carlton will create a special kind of magic that can only happen when you put a top-notch musician in a world-class concert hall.

An accomplished solo artist and an in-demand session player who has appeared on recordings by Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and countless others, he’s known the world over for his flawless technique, searing solos and true artist’s heart, with a smooth, singular style that incorporates jazz, blues, pop and rock.

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Listen to Larry Carlton’s L1 Radio Special

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Larry Carlton to Perform as a Special Guest to Steely Dan!

Larry Carlton Steely Dan

Larry Carlton in his Steely Dan days.

Larry Carlton will be performing “The Royal Scam” plus select hits with Steely Dan on September 23, 2011 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY (2124 Broadway New York, NY 10023).

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Larry Carlton Special on L1 Radio

There will be a Larry Carlton special on L1 Radio, with an interview recorded in Verviers, Belgium, on Saturday August 13th. The special will last approximately 45 minutes, and will be broadcast between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm local time (GMT+1). In US Eastern time this is between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. You can listen to the broadcast via internet.

You can use a browser and go to: (you may need the Windows Media Player plugin) CLICK HERE

You can also use one of the following URL’s in media player software with the ability to stream internet radio:
mms:// – Windows Media Audio Stream via MMS
rtsp:// – Windows Media Audio stream via RTSP – Windows Media Audio stream via HTTP – MP3 stream via HTTP

Tune in and let us know what you think of the interview on Larry’s guestbook or facebook!

…….Intro John Hendrix

1. 0.07 Stationcall LC
2. 4.40 Kid Charlemagne (Becker/Fagen) Steely Dan – cd The Royal Scam – MCA MCAD 31193 (1976)
3. 1.40 Int LC : I Started…..
4. 5.51 Stomp and buck dance (Henderson) – Crusaders – cd Southern Comfort – Blue Thumb MCAD 6016 (1976)
5. 1.20 Int LC : Huge influence….
6. 5.48 Smiles and smiles to go (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Alone but never alone – MCA 5689 (1987)
7. 0.36 Int LC : As life is….
8. 5.28 Farm Jazz (Carlton) – Larry Carlton feat. Terry Mc Millan (1953-2007) – cd Renegade gentleman – GRP 97442 (1993)
9. 0.43 Int LC : 1982
10. 4.37 Sleepwalk (Farina/arr.Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Sleepwalk – GRP 01262 (1982)
11. 3.04 Interview Iain Lawson (telefoon Halifax GB)
12. 5.07 Honey samba (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd On solid ground – GRP 01062 (1989)
13. 027 Int LC : Own label….
14. 5.39 Room 335 (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Larry Carlton – WEA K 56548

Official Larry Carlton Trio “Cold Gold” Performance Video from Blue Note Milano

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