Larry Aberman is a drummer whose career has taken him from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall as a percussion soloist with the NY Philharmonic to the studios of Memphis to record the Grammy winning CD "Family Style" with Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan.
As an eleven-year-old student of Armand Santarelli in Philadelphia, PA, Larry decided immediately a career in music was what he aspired to. Upon moving to New York City at 15 he enrolled in The High School of Music and Art and began a life long study with jazz and percussion educator Justin DiCioccio.
It was off to The Eastman School of Music for college where he studied percussion with John Beck. At Eastman, Larry recorded the Grammy Nominated CD "Carnival" with Wynton Marsalis. In addition to his orchestral studies, Larry was the drummer in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, with whom he won best jazz soloist awards from Downbeat Magazine.
When he got back to NY he was prepared for "whatever." Be it playing percussion with the Mark Morris Dance Company, recording CDs with David Mann and Jeff Beal, playing Broadway shows or touring with rock artists Pierce Turner and Grayson Hugh, Larry got to work. His studies continued as well at Drummer's Collective with Kim Plainfield and Kenwood Dennard.
Next up were associations with producers Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Russ Titelman which led to album work with The Vaughan Brothers, Ric Ocasek, David Lee Roth, Lionel Richie, Adam Ant, Grayson Hugh as well as performances with Nile, Howard Hewitt, Miki Howard, Dianne Reeves, Nick Lowe and John Hiatt.
After a tour with the classic rock group Foreigner Larry realized he'd been "dialing the 213 area code far too much and decided to check out LA." A year later he moved.
In LA Larry enjoyed the weather as well as his diverse career. In addition to composing and recording music for jingles, movie soundtracks and television, he recorded with Ben Harper, Daniel Lanois, Aaron Neville, Paul Williams, Wil Jennings, Joe Sample, Wild Orchid, Jennifer Paige, Danielle Brisebois, New Radicals, John Taylor (Duran Duran), Micheal Sembello, Kelly Willis and Bob Clearmountain. Live performances include Hiram Bullock, Ivan Neville, Simon Lebon and John Taylor of Duran Duran and in the studios with Marcus Miller, Dean Parks, Lenny Castro and others.
Throughout 2000 to 2003 Larry toured extensively with legendary pianist Joe Sample and recorded Joe's critically acclaimed solo effort "The Pecan Tree." He also toured with singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke and recorded her album "Steady Pull."
Currently, Larry is in Las Vegas performing with Cirque du Soleil in the new production Zumanity at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. He continues to travel to LA for session work and also records tracks for jingles and other projects via the internet in his home studio.
Larry cites Sterling Campbell, Elvin Jones, Charley Drayton, Ahmir "?uest Love" Thompson, Steve Gadd and Al Foster among his main drumming influences.
Reflecting on his career long association with Zildjian Cymbals and sticks Larry muses, "Zildjian cymbals are all I've ever known. At this point, if you take away my Zildjians you take away a part of my soul!"