Larry Harlow was born Ira Kahn in 1939 in Brooklyn to a professional bass player father and opera singing mother. he attended the NY High School of Music and Art where he studied the oboe, flute, violin, bass and the piano. As a teenager, he became enamored with the New York Latino Community and went to Cuba in the late fifties to study Afro-Cuban music. He was signed to the Fania recording label and became a musical star as a bandleader, producer, and recording artist (affectionately known as “El Judio Maravilloso,”) and a mainstay of the New York City Salsa scene. He wrote and composed the first salsa opera, “Hommy” which was performed to two sold out crowds at Carnegie Hall. He was also the producer and pianist for the Fania All-Stars, who have recorded over 60 albums. He was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the Grammy Trustees Award in 2008.
Larry has performed with the Idelsohn Society at our Mazeltov, Mis Amigos show at Lincoln Center and at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.