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Larry Tutt;

(Lorenzo Tuttolomondo) b. New York, raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, is a Jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator. Other instruments include tenor, soprano, and baritone saxophones, flute, piano, and the electronic woodwind instrument. He began playing the alto saxophone at age 8 under the direction of Louis Joseph in New York. By age 16, he attended jam sessions at well-known Jazz venues in New York City such as the Blue Note, Jazzmania, The Village Gate, and The Jazz Cultural Theatre and has performed with notable artists including Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Bill Watrous, Jimmy Heath, Nick Brignola, and Bela Fleck. After a short stint as a guest artist at the Eastman School of Music, he worked for various cruise lines covering many styles of music including Las Vegas style shows, Jazz, blues, pop. big band, reggae, Brazilian Jazz, soul, dixieland, and motown, and backed groups such as the Brooklyn Bridge, The Platters, The Coasters, and The 5th Dimension. In 1989 he joined the faculty at Union College in Schenectady, New York as an adjunct professor of music and director of the Union College/Community Jazz Ensemble. There he developed the jazz program by recruiting students and local musicians for ensembles, developed the Jazz library, directed various small ensembles, taught improvisation, and attracted prominent Jazz musicians to the campus for annual concerts. He is currently on staff at the Vermont Jazz Center and teaches improvisation, saxophone, and performs with their 18-piece big band and small ensembles. As a self-taught improvisor, he is set to publish his first book entitled "The Tuttonian Concept", based on many years of self-study and analysis and has introduced many revolutionary harmonic and melodic concepts to the field of Jazz studies.