Larry Coryell’s legendary status as a jazz guitar hero should stand on its own without you knowing that he recorded in the studio with Jimi Hendrix, shared the stage with Al Di Meola, has recorded over 33 CDs in the studio, has been called “the pioneer of jazz-rock,” and is considered by many to be one of the best guitarists alive today. All you have to do is here him play one note.
Born in Galveston, Texas, Coryell graduated from Richland High School, in Richland, Washington, where he played in local bands the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames. He also played with the Checkers from nearby Yakima before moving to New York City in 1965. There, he joined Chico Hamilton’s celebrated quartet and joined Gary Burton’s band on the strength of his inimitable style.
The late ’60s and early ’70s saw him adopting precepts of rock, straight jazz, and eastern music as well as the formation of the seminal Eleventh House group in 1973.
Following some college chart success and the band’s eventual break up, Coryell played mainly acoustic guitar but returned to electric in the ’80s to form The Guitar Trio with jazz fusion legend John McLaughlin and flamenco master Paco de Lucia.
The group toured Europe briefly and released a video recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall called “Meeting of Spirits,” but 1980 saw him ousted for his drug addiction and replaced with Al Di Meola. Coryell has come along way since then, and is being touted as the finest exemplar of pure jazz guitar working today.
Don’t miss Larry Coryell’s special one-night engagement at Heidi’s Saturday, February 9 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Admission is $25 per person. Drop by Heidi’s — 7 N. Orlando Ave. — or call 783-4559 for ticket information.