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|Birth name||Lawrence Sam Goldings|
|Born||August 28, 1968|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, folk, pop|
|Labels||Warner Bros., ECM, Verve, Palmetto|
Lawrence Sam “Larry” Goldings (born August 28, 1968) is an American jazz keyboardist and composer. His music has explored elements of funk, blues, and fusion. Goldings has a comedic alter ego known as Hans Groiner. 
Goldings was born in Boston. His father was a classical music enthusiast, and Goldings studied classical piano until the age of twelve. While in high school at Concord Academy, he attended a program at the Eastman School of Music. During this period Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Dave McKenna, Red Garland, and Bill Evans were influences. As a young teenager, Goldings studied privately with Ran Blake and Keith Jarrett.
Goldings moved to New York City in 1986 to attend a newly formed jazz program under the leadership of Arnie Lawrence at The New School. During college he studied piano with Jaki Byard and Fred Hersch. While still a freshman Roland Hanna invited Goldings to accompany him to a three-day private jazz party in Copenhagen. While there Goldings met jazz legends Sarah Vaughan, Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan, and Hank Jones; and he also played piano in a band with Vaughan, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Al Cohn. While still a college student, he embarked on a worldwide tour with Jon Hendricks and worked with him for a year. A collaboration lasting almost three years with jazz guitarist Jim Hall followed. 
In 1988, Goldings began his development as an organist during a regular gig at a piano-less bar called Augie's Jazz Bar (now Smoke) on New York's Upper West Side. He was featured with several bands, and his own trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart got its start there. His first release was Intimacy of the Blues in 1991.
Over the course of his career, his distinctive keyboard sound has been sought out by pop, jazz, R&B, Brazilian, and alternative artists including De La Soul, India.Arie, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Michael McDonald, Beck, Walter Becker, Steve Gadd, Leon Russell, Rickie Lee Jones, Sia, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock, and Norah Jones.
Record producers he has worked with include Russ Titelman, Larry Klein, Steve Jordan, Tommy LiPuma, Dave Grusin, Joe Henry, Blake Mills, Mike Viola, and T Bone Burnett. One of Goldings' first collaborations with Larry Klein includes the Madeleine Peyroux recording of Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" with Goldings on Wurlitzer piano, pump organ, Hammond B3 organ, celeste, and piano solo.
He has collaborated with musicians such as Maceo Parker, John Scofield, Carla Bley, Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny, John Pizzarelli, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Wilson and Jim Keltner, Mike Viola, and Charlie Haden in genres including jazz, Brazilian, and funk. He performs pop music as a pianist (since 2001) for singer-songwriter James Taylor.
Goldings is known for his gifts as a bass player on the Hammond organ, integral to his collaboration with Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny on Time is of the Essence and evident in the Pat Metheny composition "Extradition" during their 1999–2000 world tour. James Taylor's One Man Band 2007 live album and world tour draws heavily on Goldings' bass playing abilities, making the one man band concept possible. The album and tour also include Goldings' composition "School Song." Larry Goldings' Hammond organ is heard on John Mayer's song "Gravity," on the Grammy award-winning album, Continuum.
In 2007, Larry Goldings, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield received a Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group for their live album, Trio Beyond - Saudades . In 2017, Goldings with the Steve Gadd Band received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Way Back Home .
In 2012 and 2013, Goldings was chosen to participate in both the Sundance Institute Documentary Film and Sundance Feature Film Composer Fellowship Programs. At the Documentary Film Lab in Sundance, Utah, Goldings scored scenes from filmmaker Johanna Hamilton's "1971." Goldings continued to work with the Sundance Institute in 2013, at the feature film lab held for the first time at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. There he collaborated with filmmaker Pamela Romanowsky, scoring scenes from her film The Adderall Diaries. Goldings' advisors in that program included noted film composers Mark Isham, Heitor Pereira, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Thomas Newman.
Goldings' melodic style of organ playing has often been compared to that of Larry Young. On organ Goldings cites as his first inspirations the solo piano style of Dave McKenna "who walks his own bass lines better than anyone" and Billy Preston accompanying Aretha Franklin on "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Other musical influences cited by Goldings include the Wes Montgomery records which feature Mel Rhyne and Jimmy Smith; Shirley Scott; Chester Thompson; Joe Zawinul; and Jack McDuff. Goldings' 1990s collaborations with Maceo Parker provided an authentic understanding of the language of funk music, and the voicings and rhythmic comping on the Hammond B3 organ as passed down by James Brown to Parker.
|1991||Intimacy of the Blues||Verve||Most tracks trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums); three tracks quartet, with David "Fathead" Newman (tenor sax) added|
|1992||Light Blue||Minor Music||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums)|
|1993||Caminhos Cruzados||Novus/RCA||With Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums), Guilherme Franco (percussion); Joshua Redman (tenor sax) added on three tracks|
|1995||Whatever It Takes||Warner Bros.||With Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums); plus guests Fred Wesley (trombone), Joshua Redman (tenor sax), David Sanborn and Maceo Parker (alto sax), Richard Patterson (bass)|
|1996||Big Stuff||Warner Bros.||With Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums), Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Idris Muhammad (drums), Bashiri Johnson (percussion), Guilherme Franco (percussion), John McKenna (tenor saxophone)|
|1997||Awareness||Warner Bros.||With Larry Grenadier (bass), Paul Motian (drums)|
|1999||Moonbird||Palmetto||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums)|
|2000||Voodoo Dogs||Palmetto||With Bob Ward (guitarist)|
|2001||As One||Palmetto||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums)|
|2002||Sweet Science||Palmetto||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums)|
|2003||Hollywood Album||Lucomo||With Darek "Oleś" Oleszkiewicz (double bass); Adam Czerwiński (drums) |
(re-issued in 2019 on vinyl by AC Records as "Hollywood Trio")
|2004||Saudades||ECM||As Trio Beyond; trio, with John Scofield (guitar), Jack DeJohnette (drums); in concert|
|2006||Quartet||Palmetto||Most tracks quartet, with John Sneider (cornet, trumpet), Ben Allison (bass), Matt Wilson (drums); one track quintet, with Madeleine Peyroux (vocals) added|
|2007||Long Story Short||Sticky Mack Records||With Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums)|
|2009||The Carriage House Sessions||Sweet Song||Duo with Peter Salett (vocals)|
|2010||When Larry Met Harry||Café Society||Quartet, with Harry Allen (tenor sax), Doug Weiss and Neil Miner (bass; separately), Andy Watson (drums) |
|2011||In My Room||BFM Jazz||Solo piano|
|2011||Live At Smalls||Smallslive||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums) |
|2014||Music from the Front Room||Sticky Mack Records||Trio, with David Piltch (bass), Jay Bellerose (drums) |
|2014||Ramshackle Serenade||Pirouet||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums) |
|2018||Radio Music Vol.1||Independent||All music written and performed by Goldings|
|2018||Toy Tunes||Pirouet||Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Bill Stewart (drums) |
|2018||Scary Goldings||Scary Pockets||With Scary Pockets |
|2019||Scary Goldings: The Ego Trap||Scary Pockets||With Scary Pockets |
|2020||Tie Me To You||Monsoon Records||With Kathleen Grace|
|2020||Scary Goldings: Feel.||Scary Pockets||With Scary Pockets |
|2021||Earthshine||Colorfield Records||All music written and performed by Goldings|
Main sources:  
With Peter Bernstein
With Till Brönner
With Chris Minh Doky
With Robben Ford
With Steve Gadd
With Melody Gardot
With Jesse Harris
With Jim Hall
With Colin Hay
With Adam Levy
With John Mayer
With Jessica Molaskey
With James Moody
With Maceo Parker
With Rebecca Pidgeon
With Madeleine Peyroux
With John Pizzarelli
With Tim Ries
With Lee Ritenour
With John Scofield
With Mark Sholtez
With Bill Stewart
With Curtis Stigers
With Dave Stryker
With James Taylor
With Matt Wilson
With Lazlo Bane
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