Larry Cook is a Detroit, MI born bassist, orchestrator, and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He tours internationally as a member of the Byron Stripling Quartet, and has previously toured nationally with Signature Sounds recording artist Miss Tess. He currently freelances in the New York area, focusing on jazz and bluegrass, and his talents can be heard on over 30 records.
His work includes compositions and arrangements for concert band, string orchestra, jazz, orchestra, string quartet, and chorus, as well as pop songs and medleys. He maintains a busy teaching schedule, and for six years was active in Jazz For Kids, a program dedicated to introducing live music, specifically jazz, to kindergarten through third graders. He has filmed over 60 bass lessons for Jamplay.com, focusing on improvisation, blues, and Beatles music, among many others.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University in Columbus, where he resided and freelanced for ten years. As an instrumentalist, he is equally comfortable on electric and acoustic (upright) basses, and, in addition to plentiful experience in jazz, bluegrass, soul, and pop/rock music has studied classical bass with Dr. Mark Morton (founder of the American School of Double Bass). He also plays guitar, mandolin, piano/keyboards, percussion, and ukulele, as well as being a strong lead and harmony singer.