together since 1984
Chernicoff Don Davis vibraphone, piano, percussion
Tim Moran Tom Schmidtwoodwinds
Tony Vacca percussion
The Quintet, with the same personnel, has performed Larry’s music since 1984. Members of the quintet are composers, arrangers, recording artists, producers, and performers. They have collaborated with celebrated artists in classical, pop, rock, jazz, and world music.
Tom Schmidt, a talented multi-instrumentalist, was a core staff member of the Creative Music Studio, and has worked with Sam Rivers, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, Ed Blackwell, Dan Brubeck, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland, Bob Moses, Carlos Ward, Jeanne Lee, Steve Gorn, John Lindberg, and others. He is the founder and Director of Karma Choyang Music, dedicated to the recording and preservation of Tibetan liturgical music. Choyan Music has released four CD's of Tibetan music and a children's CD. In 2001, Tom recorded a musical ceremony with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa and 3000 monks in Bodhgaya, India, under the bodhi tree where Lord Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. In 2009, he produced singer/songwriter Kesang Marstrand's CD, Bodega Rose, which won first place in the 2010 American Songwriters Magazine competition.
Tim Moran is widely acclaimed as an innovative jazz performer. He continues to perform with World Rhythms, and is a first-call session player. He has had a 20+ year collaboration with Tony Vacca, performing widely as a duo of reeds and percussion. Along with several Rhythm Mission releases, Vacca/Moran have released Wizard's Dance, Dance Beneath The Diamond Sky, and City Spirits (with guest Don Cherry). Tim has recorded and performed with many other bands, has has toured Europe and Japan,and plays in the orchestras of national touring company performances of Broadway shows.
Vacca leads his own ensembles and a record label, World Rhythms. He
rhythm workshops throughout the country, and has been a leader
western and and African musicians, with performances and
on several continents. He is the founder of the
He has toured with African pop icon Baaba Maal, and has been
associated with percussionist Massamba Diop and with the group
System. He also appeared on Sting's album, The Soul Cages.
Don Davis You can hear Don every day on NPR's Fresh Air, playing alto sax on the introductory theme music with the Microscopic Septet. Don attended Berklee College of Music and the Creative Music Studio. He has performed and recorded with Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Karl Berger, the Microscopic Septet, the Waitresses, the Marc Black Band, Betty McDonald Band, Toots and the Maytalls, LL Cool J, Ricco Barr and the Jump Jive Review, among others. The Microscopic Septet band was ultra-hot on the downtown scene in NYC in the 1980's, and has reunited, released new recordings, and is touring the US and Europe.