Lawrence Lapin

Title/Position: Professor Emeritus, Jazz Vocal Performance

Profile:

What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Participating in the design, proposal and implementation of the first university degree-granting jazz vocal program in the country
  2. Playing two tunes with Sarah Vaughan and my quartet at the Playboy Club in Miami
  3. Playing synthesizer on Jon Secada’s Spanish-language CD Amour, which won a Grammy
  4. Playing a concert for a class I was teaching with one of my all-time idols, Gerry Mulligan
  5. Being appointed to the faculty of the FSOM in 1968

What advice would you give an aspiring young musician?

Music is not about “you” or “self.” Dedicate yourself to the art—to music; the rest—financial success and acclaim will follow.

Which music do you listen to in your car? (or What’s on your iPod?)

Mose Allison; Bach; Bartók; Count Basie; Brahms; Beethoven; Wayne Bergeron; CJB; John Coltrane; Miles Davis; Bill Evans; Herbie Hancock; Coleman Hawkins; Hi-Los; Jobim; JV1; George Martin; Raul Midon; Neville Brothers; New York Voices; Charlie Parker; Jaco Pastorius; Sonny Rollins; Singers Unlimited; Tchaikovsky; Weather Report; Yellowjackets

Career Highlights:

Pianist, composer, arranger and educator Larry Lapin’s career is vast including performances with jazz greats such as:

  * Gerry Mulligan
  * Bobby Shew
  * Johnny Smith
  * George Duvivier
  * Sarah Vaughn

in addition, he has appeared with such show business personalities:

  * Rich Little
  * Phyllis Diller
  * Cab Calloway
  * Tony Bennett

Larry’s arrangements and orchestrations are being performed by professional and school groups all over the country, most recently by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. As a former professor of jazz studies and Director of the Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Program at the University of Miami, his students and student performing groups garnered 26 awards in 22 years from Downbeat Magazine in DB’s annual student music award competition.

Short Biography:

Larry Lapin is professor emeritus and former program director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in May 2013 after 45 years of teaching at UM. A pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Larry Lapin’s career is vast, including performances with jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Shew, Johnny Smith, George Duvivier and Sarah Vaughn. In addition, he has appeared with such show business personalities as Rich Little, Phyllis Diller, Cab Calloway and Tony Bennett. Larry’s arrangements and orchestrations are constantly performed by professional and school groups all over the country, most recently by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra. As former professor of jazz studies in the Frost School’s Department of Studio Music and Jazz, his students and student performing groups garnered 26 awards in 22 years from Downbeat Magazine in DB’s annual student music award competition. Lapin is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); Music Educators National Conference; International Association of Jazz Educators; American Choral Directors Association; and Florida Vocal Association. A popular conductor and clinician, Larry Lapin is in-demand at all-state festivals and music conferences.


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"The teacher is also and forever a student! Copy, imitate, then innovate." —Larry Lapin


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